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UAS approves invisibility of cognates BY RYAN JARVI GVL SENIOR REPORTER

Grand Valley State University’s academic senate unanimously approved a motion to remove the visibility of cognate requirements from program descriptions and embed those courses within the regular Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts majors. “What the University Curriculum Committee, and now the university senate, has done was basically to fold those requirements into the major programs,” said Maria Cimitile, assistant vice president of academic affairs. “So no actual requirement was changed, it will just appear differently to the students in order to, hopefully, cause less confusion.” Cognate courses are already required for students to receive their degrees. The change will simply remove the cognate format and establish those required courses as part of the B.S. or B.A. program. For example, the B.A. program in philosophy would require all the same philosophy courses and three semesters of language proficiency it currently requires, but there would be no use of the word ‘cognates’ within that program’s description. The altered program appearance will take effect next fall at the beginning of the new catalog year. “It will be invisible to the student,” Cimitile said. “If you had to take stats for your biology degree, and it was labeled under cognates, now you’ll just see it as part of the regular program requirements.” Currently the B.S. cognates differ from major to major, and Cimitile said there has been more confusion with those requirements than the B.A. cognates, but this change will make it smoother for students overall. Robert Adams, chair of the UCC, said the change to remove cognates from the catalog is a culmination of two years’ work. SEE COGNATES, A2

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Under construction: Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning James Moyer leads a walk through for media before the grand opening.





New digs: A rendering of the inside of the new facility.

Sneak Peek event offers students exclusive look at new library BY ANYA ZENTMEYER GVL EDITOR IN CHIEF


hen Thomas J. Haas became president of Grand Valley State University nearly seven years ago, the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons seemed like a distant vision. Now, just a few months away from it’s scheduled com-

pletion, the new, $65 million library will open its doors on April 17, giving both returning undergraduates and graduating seniors who have watched the structure spring from the ground a chance to get a sneak peek into GVSU’s new state of the art learning facility. “Now it’s here, and I couldn’t have an opening of the library

without students seeing it first,” Haas said. “Because what we have created here is part of the learning environment that will enable generations of students to be successful in their academic pursuits at Grand Valley State University.” The sneak peek event will be in the spirit of last year’s beam signing event, an effort to bring

together the campus community for an afternoon of music, door prizes and commemoration of one of the largest construction endeavors in GVSU history. “Before students leave to go on their respective summer plans and all of commencement I just thought I was so imporSEE LIBRARY, A2

GV offices to move downtown BY lizzy balboa GVL news editor

The administrators and staff currently occupying the basement of Grand Valley State University’s Zumberge Library are preparing for a temporary move downtown for the 2013-2014 school year. Jim Bachmeier, GVSU vice president for Finance and Administration, said the offices will move out in May 2013 and return in June 2014 as soon as furniture is installed. “This is part of the dominos of a few projects,” Bachmeier said. During the $22,000,000 renovation of Zumberge Library to expand administrative offices, the office staff will temporarily shift into the DeVos Center in the space currently occupied by the Seidman College of Business, which will transition into its new building this summer. “This will allow the relocation of several non-academic employees from several academic buildings,” said James Moyer, associate vice president for Facilities Planning. When the administrators move back to Allendale in 2014, a number of operations—including human resources and accounting, which are currently separated from the other administrative offices in Lake Michigan Hall—will consolidate in Zumberge. Hospitality and Tourism Management will then move from Allendale and the College of Education will leave the Eberhard Center to establish new homes in

the DeVos Center. The school of social work will also expand within DeVos. In Allendale, the shift will allow for growth of academic programs in Lake Michigan Hall, as well as an expansion of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences within Mackinac Hall after Hospitality and Tourism Management offices clear out. Bachmeier said that, in the

It’s always inconvenient to move and move back, but the resulting end project with be an increase in efficiency.



end, all the adjustments will provide an opportunity for growth of academic space for health professions, which will expand out of the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences into the Eberhard Center. Moyer said the expansions and transfers should improve work efficiency across the board. “The university has very limited space for faculty and administrative staff,” Moyer said. “There is limited space for graduate as-

sistants and student workers. We have numerous instances where faculty are sharing offices. There are numerous instances where the lack of space affects the progress of students toward the completion of their degree; the situation is particularly acute in the labs.” Bachmeier added that the moves to and from downtown should not hinder the administrators’ work. “It’s always inconvenient to move and move back, but the resulting end project will be an increase (in) efficiency,” he said, adding that the consolidation of offices will allow for more streamlined communication between staff. Bachmeier said he hasn’t heard complaints from employees making the move, but that any griping is probably a result of now having to pay city income taxes. “The university employees affected by the move have participated in the planning of the project and from all indications appear supportive of the relocation and the eventual return to the new and renovated space,” Moyer said, Bachmeier said the employees will maintain and share two offices in the Seidman House while they are located downtown. He added that the administrators will remain “fully accessible,” and that he, personally, will be on the Allendale Campus at least one day each week. The administrators and office staff will retain their current email addresses and phone numbers throughout the transition period.


Moving on: GVSU President Thomas J. Haas and a GVSU student toast each other during a past GradFest event.

Toast with T Haas, GradFest events celebrate April graduates BY rachel cross GVL assistant news

Grand Valley State University will be honoring and recognizing graduates crossing the stage at the April 27 commencement ceremony with GradFest and a toast with President Thomas J. Haas. The toast, tomorrow from 6-8 p.m., will be on the second floor of Eberhard Center, located at Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids, and is part of the university’s larger Laker for a Lifetime initative. Jarrett Martus, telephone outreach program manager at GVSU, is responsible for parts of this Laker for a Lifetime initiative. Martus said at the toast with Haas, students who are walking at commencement in April will have the opportunity to network with fellow students,

university officials and GVSU alumni. He added that Haas and Student Senate President Jack Iott will contribute brief remarks, as well as a toast to the graduating students. Students will also be given commemorative champagne flutes, and there will be a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. “This toast is a celebration of students’ accomplishments at Grand Valley as they transition into a new relationship as alumni,” Martus said. “Our graduating students will not want to miss this inaugural toast with T.Haas. We hope this will be a great first time event that will continue as an event for our graduating students.” GradFest events will be held on April 15 and 16 in the KirkSEE GRADUATEs, A2





what they can look forward to, and also there’s some graduating students to see what they have really helped contribute to, in my mind,” Haas said. “It’s all about students. I’m thrilled; hopefully we’ll get just a great number of folks.” With enrollment now inching closer to 25,000 students, the new library will triple the capacity of the current Zumberge Library, which was constructed in the 1960s for 5,000 students. The Mary Idema Pew Library will provide space for 150,000 books on open shelves and

600,000 library items in an automated retrieval system, complete with a Knowledge Market armed with experts in research, technology, writing and presentation development. “For the last two years the university community has watched the new library rise out of the ground and become an iconic building on the campus landscape,” said Bob Stoll, associate dean of Student Life. “The excitement is building and students are anxious to take a peek at what this new special place will be.” With the summer completion of the new library, the university will also

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embark on a $22 million, 24,000 square-foot expansion and renovation of the Zumberge Library, funded by university-issued bonds and Campus Development Funds, to help house GVSU’s provost, human resources, finance and news and information departments into the facility in an effort to help open up classroom space in other campus buildings that were previously faculty and staff offices. Construction and transition efforts have already begun on GVSU’s Allendale Campus. The Student Sneak Peek event is open to all GVSU students. Those interested in taking a walking tour

of the new library facility should meet in the Kirkhof Center lobby near the 2020 Information Desk from 4-6 p.m. For additional questions information, contact GV News and Information Services at 616-331-2221. “I’m excited to have this preview for our students,” Haas said. “As you remember we had the beam signing (last year), it seems like just yesterday but it was probably about 18 months ago now. Having the opportunity for students to have their own preview of the Mary Idema Pew Library is, for me, a dream come true.”



Mammography Unit to visit campuses The Spectrum Health Mobile Mammography Until will be visiting both the Allendale and Pew campuses in April. They will have a truck staged at the DeVos Center by the Loosemore Auditorium entrance from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 18. On April 22, it will be located in parking lot F on Allendale’s Campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Allendale’s Campus. Faculty members can make an appointment by calling 616-267-2626 or 877-495-2626.

Panel discussion on prospects for a walkable/Bikeable 48th Ave On April 16 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. the Department of Geography and Planning is hosting a panel discussion where experts from the community and local planning agencies will speak about 48th avenue and making in available to walk and bike on. There will be a discussion period after the event, which will take place in the Kirkhof Center.

Graduate showcase to hold event On April 16 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. in the DeVos Center Room 122E, the Office of Graduate Studies, will be holding a showcase that will feature poster presentations from each graduate program at Grand Valley that will display research and scholarly activities. These displays will exhibit the innovative academic work of the graduate students.

Rowing club dedicates boat to deceased student The Rowing Club at Grand Valley State University dedicated its newest boat to Rachel Ring, a GVSU student who died in an automobile accident in October 2011, at a ceremony on April 12 at the Spring Lake Yacht Club. The boat, named “Rachel Ring, 1991-2011,” was funded by Ring’s family, who was present for the unveiling alongside rowing team members, coaches and GVSU. administrators. President Thomas J. Haas also spoke at the ceremony.

“The gist is to remove them from the students’ sight so that they don’t see they have university requirements and cognate courses to fill, but to embed them within each major so that students who take a major, and what they need to do to make it a B.A. or a B.S., is built right there,” Adams said. Charles Pazdernik, chair of the department of classics, said his department supports the change and hopes that it will help to broaden GVSU’s approach to education. “I hope that this is a springboard for further discussions within the university about the place of foreign language instruction, and some of the

Upload your favorite shots of the new library on Instagram and use the hash tag #IPeekedGV. The top five shots will be selected by the Lanthorn’s image team and published in the Thursday, April 18 edition of the Lanthorn. The winners will also will their very own Student Sneak Peek t-shirt, a gift card and a USB drive courtesy of the Lanthorn. For questions or more information, email

The gist is to remove them from the students’ sight so that they don’t see they have university requirements...but to embed them within each major...





hof ’s Pere Marquette Room and April 17 and 18 outside the Loosemore Auditorium, both from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sue Williemsen, administrative assistant at the Dean of Students office, said since October 2012, the Dean of Students office has been preparing for the occasion. “There are a number of vendors such as Jostens, Career Services, Dean of Students, and Alumni Relations,” Williemsen said. She said the first thing that students will do when they come to GradFest is to complete a survey online, and then the Dean of Students office will check them in.



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conversations that are happening in other bodies about internationalization and global skills sets and things like that, (and) we’ll continue to take that into account,” Pazdernik said. Concerns were raised about the change impacting courses with low enrollment and with departments waiving courses like the B.A. requirements of language proficiency. Cimitile assured the senate that those problems would not happen. “The language proficiency is too important,” Cimitile said. “What we would do from an administrative point of view is make sure that at records that would never be allowed to happen, because they’re the ones that actually control those audits.”

Students can also purchase their caps and gowns at GradFest. A bachelor’s cap and gown runs $31.50 during the event, and after the event the price bumpbs up to $41.38. For students receiving a master’s master’s degree, caps and gowns will cost $56.76 and after GradFest, $63.07. Williemsen added that she expects students’ wait time to be shorter this year because of the new online version of surveys through Career Services, as well as the scanners that will be used to scan students’ IDs. For more information on the Haas toast, go to www., where students can RSVP. To obtain further information on the grad fest go to, www.

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Project 48: Members of Professor Patricia Houser’s Introduction to Transportation class (left to right: Clare Horning, David Roepcke, Paul Bussey and Jeff Sobolewski) stand on the corner of 48th Avenue and South Campus Drive near Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus. The students have organized a panel discussion on April 16 as part of their class effort.

Transportation Planning students organize panel of experts for discussion on the future of 48th Avenue BY ANYA ZENTMEYER GVL editor in chief

In every course Patricia Houser teaches in her department at Grand Valley State University—Geography and Planning—she has the same theme. “The theme in any urban planning course is that what we do with the landscape comes back and affects us,” Houser said. “You can’t pick something more profound than what

you do with a corridor in the landscape and how that can affect the land uses around it and the well being of the people around it.” So when she and her Introduction to Transportation Planning students decided to replace their final with a project that has tangible consequence within the GVSU community, they embarked on “Project 48,” which culminates with a panel discussion that includes experts within the Allendale community and local planning agencies who offer perspective on the ongoing concern in the area surrounding the future of 48th Avenue. While Ottawa County has plans underway to widen 48th Avenue south of M-45,

with intent to at least double the lanes, Houser said after researching the subject, she and her students came to two conclusions. “The first issue is that a big change is coming, and nobody knows about (it),” Houser said. “That’s just the nature of planning anyway, everywhere. In that sense it’s nobody’s fault… I think we have to figure out a way when you deal with a transient community—a community that’s in for four years and that are doing their homework and it’s not the easiest thing for them to get to a meeting downtown—a way to engage them. Because they are important.” The second was more complicated, involving what they see as potentially flawed

logistics behind the origins of the plan to widen 48th Avenue, which are based on a 2001 Grand Valley Metropolitan Council study that uses a formula to project future traffic congestion in proportion to projected population growth. “You’re proposing a fast moving road in a densely populated place where people are crossing the street. That’s normally not a good thing,” Houser said. “So my class has said, ‘Let’s look at what else would go here and what would be better here.’ And it’s such a great case study because the quintessential question in planning is what do we do with SEE PROJECT, A5

Student Senate elects new cabinet members BY SARAH HILLENBRAND GVL SENIOR REPORTER


Promoting respect: Provost Gayle Davis speaks at the UAS meeting. The board approved changes to the collegiality language in the faculty handbook to help promote the positive side of collegiality and to clarify evaluation criteria.

UAS approves faculty collegiality language BY RYAN JARVI GVL SENIOR REPORTER

With one nay and four abstentions, the University Academic Senate of Grand Valley State University approved slight changes of language in the faculty handbook concerning collegiality at its meeting April 12. The new language makes minor alterations to emphasize the positive side of collegiality and clarifies that it is not an additional criterion of faculty evaluation. Faculty members are evaluated on teaching, service and scholarship alone. “In theory we could have had a long list of all the negative behaviors that all of us could enumerate,” said Jon Jellema, associate vice president of academic affairs. Jellema added that language to show how collegiality could be positively demonstrated

was preferred. “Not ‘he’s a nice guy I like him,’ but through his work he’s demonstrating collegiality in a broader sense of the term. It was a deliberate choice to be positive.” For faculty, collegiality is understood as civility, mutual respect and working constructively with colleagues toward a common goal within the department. Some universities have removed collegiality from faculty handbooks, as its misuse could be interpreted as a form of bullying and lead to lawsuits. Kurt Ellenberger, chair of the Faculty Personnel Policies Committee, said the senate recently charged his committee to look into whether GVSU should have a bullying or civil conduct policy for faculty members. FPPC sent out a survey to gauge faculty input, and out

of the 600 respondents, 48 percent said there should be a policy that addresses bullying among faculty members. Eighteen percent said there shouldn’t be, and 34 percent said they were not sure. At the meeting, senators were concerned with what specific behaviors constitute un-collegiality and whose opinion decides when an individual is not collegial. Brian Lakey, professor of psychology, raised the question to what extent uncollegial behavior is separate from performance. “If I understand it correctly, I could be a complete jerk and as long as I did service well and scholarship well and teaching well then it’s fine,” Lakey said. Jellema said that generally the unit or department as a whole would have to be able to point to specific be-

haviors or actions that demonstrate un-collegiality. “When you go down the hall and get a cup of coffee you’re a real jerk, but when you’re doing service work, and you’re doing your teaching and your scholarship, which is how we’re evaluating you, we see in those areas that you’re being a good colleague,” Jellema said. “If we see in those three areas that you’re not being a good colleague—that you’re disruptive, that you’re uncivil—and we can point to them not in a general way that he’s a jerk, but we can say ‘when he’s doing service he is very rude.’ There’s a context and there is specific instances that we can point to so that it becomes a little less subjective.” Figen Mekik, chair of the UAS, offered an example SEE COLLEGIALITY, A5

After much discussion, voting, and in some cases, a heated debate, the Grand Valley State University Student Senate has elected its new cabinet members for next year’s governing body. Ricardo Benavidez will serve as president, Stephanie Ewart as executive vice president, Danielle Meirow for the Senate Resources Committee, Samantha Conrad for the Finance Committee, Tim Layer for the Campus Affairs Committee, Scott St. Louis for the Educational Affairs Committee, Anthony Clemons for the Diversity Affairs Committee, Andrew Plague for the Political Affairs Committee, and Emma Moulton for the Public Relations Committee. After much debate among senators between the two candidates up for election, including mentions of blackmailing and discussion of Benavidez’s more qualified presidential characteristis, Benavidez was voted in during the first round of elections. Benavidez said that as Student Senate president, he wants to work with the individual committees and to both give and take advice. “The Student Senate president is in charge of conveying the student voice and must set aside personal interests,” he said. “During my time here on the body I have seen three generations of senators, and I can honestly say I am excited to see what the next senate can accomplish. I firmly believe that this senate can be one of the best.” Ewart ran unopposed for the position of executive vice president. She said in her speech that as the former Finance Com-

mittee vice president, she hopes to continue to work with the new vice president and that she wants to reach out to students personally through organizations as a more effective way to make students more aware of Student Senate. For the Senate Resources Committee, Meirow said that she hopes to bring the senate body together so that the senators get to know one another in a capacity outside of the meetings. She added that she wants to open the seats to university committees to more than just senators by putting some kind of application or nomination on their website and developing an attendance policy to keep those sitting on the committees accountable. Also running unopposed were Conrad for the Finance Committee, St. Louis for the Educational Affairs Committee, and Clemons for the Diversity Affairs Committee. Layer was a last minute nomination for the Campus Affairs Committee. He said that he hopes to work with the other committees on senate to address issues such as the lack of sidewalks on Pierce Street and making GVSU feel more like home to students. “A lot of the different roles I’ve played on the Educational Affairs Committee this year have geared me toward Campus Affairs,” he said. “We’re trying to make a difference and an impact, and Campus Affairs covers a wide variety of areas and has a huge impact.” For more information about Student Senate or the newly elected cabinet, visit the website at www.gvsu. edu/studentsenate/. shillenbrand








Other than sidewalks, what improvements do you think could be made on 48th Ave. to improve walkability?

Should GVSU be a smoke free campus?

“Crosswalks could be put by the lights so people can cross easier.”

ZACHARY SCHNICKE Sophomore Biomedical Sciences Middleville, Mich.

“Crosswalks would be really helpful, that way there’s less chance of danger crossing the street.”

Kendall Hart

Freshman Psychology Grand Rapids, Mich.

“Adding more lights and crosswalks could possibly help improve walkability.”

Brianna Stoecker Freshman Nursing Brighton, Mich.

YES: 43%



NO: 57%

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With Ottawa County’s plans to widen 48th Avenue to accommodate projected growth, students should think about alternative solutions


t Grand Valley State University, the safeness of walkability and bike-ability on 48th Avenue has been an ongoing topic of discussion for years, most prominently in 2010 following a collision between a car and then-Sophomore Zach Somples, who sustained injuries to his spinal cord, clavicle, brain and pelvis while riding his bicycle. At the time of the accident, a new student group called “GVSU Students for Sidewalks” emerged, the Student Senate passed a resolution advocating for new safety measures, and students became engaged in the discussion. However, since then, student concern over the safety and walkability of the street has fizzled out, and as Ottawa County Road Commission plans to widen 48th Avenue from two lanes to three, four or even five inches closer to fruition, a Transportation Planning class has pulled together a panel discussion to explore alternative solutions to proposed plans that could improve the long-term quality of the commu-

nity. Patricia Houser, professor of the Introduction to Transportation Planning course that have replaced their final exam with “Project 48,” described the implications of the proposal by relating it to a historic urban planning court case, Jacobs v. Moses. “[Moses] was a brilliant planner of highways and he wanted to put a highway through Greenwhich Village and Jane Jacobs lived there and she said, ‘Think about what you’re saying. This is a really special place. This is a neighborhood, you don’t put a highway through a neighborhood.’ And he said, ‘Watch me.’ And it became this confrontation. Now we don’t see a confrontation coming…but we are saying, let’s open the conversation because we think that you’re putting a highway through a neighborhood.” All of this to say: as students, no matter how transient, we are part of the GVSU community. How we feel, what we think, contribute or change has a ripple effect for students for

generations to come. Though it’s hard to mobilize for everyone’s cause – especially while trying to graduate from a four-year university – there are some whose impact and consequence stretches beyond interest groups and into the entirety of the student body, even to the GVSU community as a geographic sprawl. So whether you think the proposal to build widen 48th Avenue is perfect as it stands, identify with the students in Project 48 believe there’s a more comprehensive solution, or just don’t know anything about any of the proposals at all, it’s worth your time to get involved. Houser said in all of her urban planning courses, there’s on consistent and prevailing theme: what we do with the landscape comes back and affects us. And as stakeholders in a community-wide conversation, it’s worth joining the public forum. Because whatever decision is made, whatever actions are taken – they’ll come back and affect you.


“An improved stoplight and traffic lanes at 48th and West Campus Dr., Seperated sidewalks away from the road, almost like a walking trail.”

Matt Swart

Sophomore Natural Resource Management Middleville, Mich.

“More crosswalks and lighting maybe, lower speed limit.”

Lauren Smith

Sophomore Biomedical Sciences Ann Arbor, Mich.


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“An exponentially growing disease”

Gun Control: Emphasizing the human element


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I have shied away from this topic for a while, because I feel it is very similar to the abortion debate. There is a lot of passion surrounding it, and people tend to feel very strongly one way or the other. These strong emotions can inhibit rationality and one’s ability to think through a problem. In fact, my line of thought on the gun control topic has been a muddled and convoluted path to work through. It seems appropriate to start with a huge problem our country has, an obsession with winning and saving face. For some reason this obsession trickles into politics in an alarming manner. People, politicians and average civilians alike, begin to internalize their stances

on political issues so that they become a cemented part of them. After this happens, political debates like those on gun control become about protecting the views that people identify themselves with. An attack on these views can feel like a personal attack, though it is, for the most part, not. In an ever evolving and changing world, it is so dangerous to act in this manner. While we should always be sure to stand by our beliefs, they must constantly be open to review. When we seal them off and defend them like we are defending our own physical body, we leave very little room to get anything done. After we recognize this, we move on to the facts about what has happened in our country as of late. In Aurora, Colorado twelve people were killed and 58 injured in a theater massacre. Move to Newtown, Connecticut where 27 people were killed, 20 of them children whom the world will never get a

chance to know. It is here we want to drop to our knees weeping and demand that every gun in the entire country be burned. And it makes sense to feel like that, but we can’t let emotions rule our political decisions. With those things in mind, I have come to two conclusions surrounding the gun debate: First, there is no need for any civilian to have a semi-automatic or assault weapon. I think this a fair stance - and, providing the zombie apocalypse does not happen, I cannot reasonably foresee an instance in which any one person would need to fire 100 rounds at once (one of the Aurora shooter’s semi-automatic weapons was capable of this). Get rid of the grandfather from the assault weapons ban, and make the possession of these firearms illegal - no matter what. Yes, people will still get their hands on them, but it is a start. Second, I think it is high time that we review the

ways in which we deal with individuals who have mental illnesses. History and science have told us that there is often a cry for attention or help in these situations, and we need to open our ears and our minds. There are warning signs surrounding most mental illnesses that should never be ignored, and maybe the public needs some more education in order to start recognizing them. Something fell through the cracks in the case of Adam Lanza, the Newtown shooter, and James Holmes, the Aurora shooter. That is our fault, as a society. It is not only our sons and daughters being killed, but doing the killing as well. Guns have the potential to be so dangerous, but we can’t ignore the human element behind them. We can try to rid ourselves of hyper-dangerous guns and try to put more restrictions and regulations on gun use, but ultimately we have to fix the people that are pulling the trigger.



the landscape and how does it come back to affect us. So within that, the narrow question that’s most effective in any given planning study is, what do you put where; and in this, we’re saying, ‘Not here. We don’t think this goes here.’” After a series of influential speakers, including Jerry Alkema, Allendale Township Supervisor, and a GVSU alumnus who graduated to become part of the team who initially proposed the 48th Avenue plans, Glen Turek, property manager of the offcampus housing complex Meadows Crossing, Houser’s students became engaged with the subject and started to conceptualize how important stakeholders were in an urban planning project like the plan to widen 48th Avenue. “I’m going to say, this is an opinion this is not a technician coming in, and the first thing [Turek] said was, ‘My brother was hit by a car when he was six.’ You could sense the change in the room, and I certainly saw it by the end of the period, they realized this isn’t

just books anymore,” she said. “This matters. And that’s when the tone changed.” This is the first time Houser has ever replaced a final exam with something like Project 48, and she said although the combination of course objectives and collaborative project management work that mirrors the real world has called for a lot of flexibility within he course, the energy the students are bringing is affirming. The night the class began to conceptualize the project, Houser put up an assignment on Blackboard that outlined an action plan. Though the first drafts were proposals, the students will flesh them out and turn them around in portfolio form as their final exam product. “When I realized how flexible this was going to have to be, at the very least, you need to be conscious of why you’re doing,” Houser said. “So I kind of shared with them the objectives and I had them constantly tell me ‘what’s your objective here?’ so that they’re making sure they are fulfilling the objects for the public, as well as for the course. So, it’s a strange hybrid of working toward a public goal and meeting teaching standards


professor with low enrollment for one of their courses. Through email, that professor may attempt to discourage students from taking a colleague’s class and enrolling in his or her course instead. Another example was proposed regarding a professor hindering the department or unit by refusing to teach a lab because the individual feels it is beneath them. Charles Pazdernik, chair of the department of classics, reminded the senate that collegiality language already exists in the handbook, and if the motion was not passed, the old language would remain. “To the extent that we have this language in the handbook, what we’re really doing on a pragmatic level is we’re saying, within the context of a personnel discussion, this is a card that is available to play,” Pazdernik said. “Having done that I think there is a burden of proof and I think if there is any advantage to making

This was a group that was just game to try things, and just interested in everything they learned. It was just an engaged group, I think.



Starting in the fall of 2013, there will be a designated area for student commuters to park in with reduced pricing. Lisa Garringer, parking systems coordinator, said this area for student commuters will be located in Lot J behind the Laker Village

apartments and will be able to fit 300 student commuters with a reduced cost of $50 per semester. Students must be full-time in order to qualify for the parking permits. In addition, Garringer said the permits will only be available for sale at the Police Department. “Due to the limited num-

this explicit rather than implicit, that somebody who wants to play that card then has to come out and make the case. If I want to play that card, it seems to me that I’ve got to think really carefully about whether or not I can really get that burden of proof, because having played that card, if I fail to carry the case then, hey, I’m the un-collegial one.” Ellenberger also mentioned that faculty should be civil and open enough to allow others to study the area that they want to study even though some may think it is wrong and disagree. The main point of being un-collegial is the effect that behavior has on hindering a unit or department’s ability to function. “If your colleagues are unable to function as a unit in a collegial manner because of that behavior, then that part of it is now impinging on their ability to do research, to teach, to collaborate in classes, to develop curriculums—to do all those other things,” Ellenberger said. “So it does have that possibility—your behavior can deter the department’s ability to function as a unit, and that can be determined as being not collegial.”

ber of permits being issued, they will not be available online,” Garringer said. “A waitlist for those students interested in the permit will be created and will expire following the University’s return for refund schedule which ends on September 21, 2013.” She added that should permits become available

and content standards.” The class chemistry, she said, was another advantage. “This was a group that was just game to try things, and just interested in everything they learned,” she said. “It was just an engaged group, I think.” Students including Lindsay Harris, who isn’t an urban planning major, said this class—more specifically, this project—has sparked her interest in the subject. She said the night they came up with Project 48, there was a palpable sense of purpose among her classmates. “We were like, ‘You guys, we could actually do something about this,’” she said. “This is a big issue, and nobody knows about it. None of the students know about it. If we’re not going to say something or educate people then who will?” The panel discussion will be hosted April 16 at 7 p.m. in room 2215 of the Kirkhof Center. For more information, visit the website created for Project 48 at Walk48.

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ow’s the time when students on college campuses nationwide snap into survival mode and start guzzling caffeine, hitting the books and reconciling with sleeplessness. But with exams upon us at Grand Valley State University, it doesn’t have to be that way. It might be too late to take back all of those mornings you overslept, it’s not too late to knock final exams out of the park. And though exam crams and all-nighters seem tempting at this time of year, studying smarter (not harder) can not only improve your chances of an A, but also let you end the semester with your sanity in tact. It’s a jungle out there, GVSU. So here are some tips to help you survive.

STUDYING Find a study buddy: You know that person you sit next to in class who you only talk to when you forgot to do the reading and you need someone to tell you what it was about? Coordinate a study session with them. You’ll be able to trade perspective on the material, and hold eachother accountable for working hard, not hardly working. Plus, having someone who can quiz you on the material helps you lock the information down. No last minute exam crams: How often do you hear about students pulling an all-nighter the night before an exam? Studies have shown this can actually hurt your test taking abilities because by crippling your concentration and alertness. Instead, take 30 minutes to an hour per day in the week leading up to the exam and learn the material that way. Find a quiet place to study: This could be your bedroom, the library, or the local coffee shop – but make sure you find a place where you are comfortable able to concentrate and focus. Zumberge Library on the Allendale Campus has extended hours for exam cram from Dec. 2-12, and there are plenty of other quiet places to post up in this exam season.

LIBRARIES Allendale: 1) Zumberge Library – (616) 331-3500 Sunday-Thursday: 24 hours Friday & Saturday: 12:00 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m.-8 p.m. 2) Seidman House – (616) 331-2749 Grand Rapids: 1) Steelcase Library – (616) 331-6799 2) Frey Foundation Learning Center – (616) 331-5930

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SHORTS Andrasik named Student-Athlete of the Week

Grand Valley State University freshman pitcher Sara Andrasik of the softball team was named the GVSU Student Athlete of the Week this week after throwing a no-hitter in the team’s 1-0 victory over Ferris State University on April 7. Andrasik became the first pitcher since Lori Andejelich in 2008 to throw a no-hitter for GVSU, looking dominant through seven innings for the No. 12 Lakers. The right hander from Sagamore Hills, Ohio is putting together a solid freshman campaign behind an 11-2 record and an ERA of 2.30. Her 92 strikeouts rank as the third most in the GLIAC. The team will return to action this week when it welcomes Lake Superior State University for a doubleheader on Wednesday at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Lakers prep for EIGHT-game home stand

The Grand Valley State University baseball team is preparing to host eight consecutive home games in conference play over the next two weeks after playing 26 of its first 29 games away from home. GVSU (17-12) hosts a pair of nine-inning conference games this week, starting with Northwood University on Tuesday before welcoming Saginaw Valley State University on Wednesday. Both games are scheduled to start at 2 p.m. The team will resume GLIAC action over the weekend, as Lake Erie College visits for a three-game set on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. before a nine-inning matchup on Sunday at noon. The Lakers will then hope to stay ahead of thirdplace Ashland University in a doubleheader on April 20 at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. before a nine-inning duel on April 21 at noon.


Getting ready: Despite missing numorous players who are playing in other sports or dealing with nagging injuries, the Lakers put on the 2013 spring game to about 500 fans. The team will be back in action on Aug. 13 with the start of fall practie and then on Sept. 7 for their opening game against Azusa Pacific.

Lakers show talent at spring game BY bryce derouin GVL sports EDITOR


ver 500 people attended the 2013 spring football game, but come this fall, the Grand Valley State University football team will have a different look compared to the team that was on the field Saturday. “It was an interesting spring,” said head coach Matt Mitchell. “We had double digit guys that are going to help us in 2013 that didn’t take a rep.” Among those that didn’t take part in the spring, included junior quarterback Heath Parling, senior

cornerback Reggie Williams, and junior running back Chris Robinson. All three are recovering after undergoing ACL surgeries. Fall practices begin on Aug. 13, and Mitchell hopes to have all three ready to go by then. “For me, I want them to be able to do everything and not have any restrictions heading into camp,” Mitchell said. “Right now, those guys are on track for that.” While Parling has been recovering, junior quarterback Isiah Grimes has taken the first team reps and is preparing himself just in case Parling

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STANDINGS BASEBALL 12-5 11-5 12-6 10-7 11-8 8-7 9-9 7-9 7-11 6-12 6-13 5-12

SOFTBALL GVSU Ohio Dominican Ashland Ferris State Tiffin Northwood Saginaw Valley Findlay Walsh Hillsdale Lake Superior Malone Lake Erie

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isn’t ready to go for the Sept. 7 season opener against Azusa Pacific University. “I’m just doing the same things that I would be doing if I was in the same situation as last year,” Grimes said. “I’m just looking at it as more of, if I have to be in the situation, just step up in the leadership position if I have to.” The spring game was conducted more like a practice, but the offenses and defenses went in a live scrimmage against each other in the final 20


Strikeout: Senior Anthony Campanella pitches against Tiffin University during the Lakers double header. Despite good pitching, the team split their games.

If defense wins championships, then the Lakers still appear to be primed for a third straight GLIAC title in 2013. The Grand Valley State University baseball team put on a pitching display behind a pair of complete games against Walsh University on Saturday, but failed to sweep the two-game set despite outscoring the Cavaliers 12-1. The games were played at Cornerstone University’s DeWitt Field due to inclement weather. In the first matchup between the two schools since 1997, GVSU (1712, 11-5 GLIAC) came out firing on all cylinders. GVSU senior pitcher Kyle Teague (5-0) threw a four-hit shutout in the 12-0 victory, striking out seven in as many innings of work. Teague said his command was as good as it’s been all season. “I feel like I’m getting back in the zone,” he said. “I think what really helped me was my command of the fastball inside. I got a lot of ground balls, and my teammates were able to set me up with some crucial double plays.” The Lakers were opportunistic defensively, turning a trio of double-plays in the win. The right-hander from Oxford, Mich. also said he was throwing strikes at will with his breaking ball. GVSU came alive offensively in the bottom of the second inning, when sophomore Jamie Potts crushed a home run into right field to give his team a 2-0 lead. The Lakers added four more hits in the inning, and after a pair of Walsh miscues, the score was 6-0. Senior Stephen Claypool led all hitters with a career-high five RBI’s in the game, going 2-for-4 at the plate. Sophomore Kevin Zak also came up big, going 2-for-3 with three RBI. It was only the fourth time this season that the team was able to earn double digit runs. The bats, however, were quickly silenced in game two.

A pair of Walsh pitchers combined to throw a two-hit shutout as GVSU hitters suddenly went cold in a 1-0 loss, despite an impressive complete game from redshirt freshman pitcher Patrick Kelly (3-3). Kelly pitched in all seven innings, allowing only one earned run on six hits while striking out four. “It was a tough loss,” he said. “It’s frustrating, but that’s just baseball. We won’t (get shutout) very often I’m pretty confident with our team’s

I think what really helped me was my command of the fastball inside.


ability to score runs.” The Lakers were unable to take advantage of the few opportunities they had in the loss, leaving eight runners on base. “We came out flat in game two, which is disappointing anytime you have that kind of starting pitching,” said GVSU head coach Jamie Detillion. “We’ve been stranding too many base runners lately and need to find a way to get better situational hitting.” The team will host a pair of nineinning conference games this week, starting with Northwood University on Tuesday before welcoming Saginaw Valley State University on Wednesday. Both games are scheduled to start at 2 p.m.




minutes of the practice. A couple key players were missing due to taking part in spring sports. Senior Matt Armstrong, who Mitchell touted as the team’s top offensive lineman, didn’t partake in spring activities since he is a member of the track and field team and sophomore Jamie Potts is playing baseball. “Most of the guys that didn’t take reps, we know they can play based on 2012,” Mitchell said. With numerous key players missing, it has allowed Mitchell and his staff to get a better look at younger players and guys that are deeper on the depth chart. However, with that, the starting lineups haven’t been able to develop any continuity. “I think it was really good for evaluating our talent and seeing who can contribute and set our depth chart heading into 2013,” Mitchell said. “In terms of our starters on both sides of the ball working together, there wasn’t any of that because of the number of starters being out.” With so many players missing, Mitchell has seen a number of guys step up and take advan-

tage of their opportunities and reps in practice. Both sides of the ball have had their own fair share of surprises. “From the offensive standpoint, a guy that played some, but has really stepped up his game is Joe Worth, the tight end - he really had a solid spring for us. Ben Hutchins had a really good spring. Kevin Vicari did today what we’ve been seeing in spring ball. He doesn’t look like much, but makes a lot of plays. Defensively, our midyear transfer Frank Boenzi at the nose guard position is gonna help us. DeVonte Jones, forced into action last year as a sophomore - had as good a spring as anybody on the defense in the corner position.” Despite missing key players from spring practices, the team remains optimistic about the upcoming 2013 season, where they will attempt to end a two-year playoff drought. “We’ve been excited to practice even though it’s been cold,” Grimes said. “I feel like we’ve been getting way better throughout the spring, so I’m excited. I think we’ll be pretty good.”

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Eye on the ball: Grand Valley State University’s Junior Briauna Taylor bunts the ball during the Lakers’ 4-0 series this weekend. Two grand slams propelled the team to victory over Wayne State University and Saginaw Valley State University.

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Lightning never strikes in the same place twice, or the so the old adage goes, although the 2013 rendition of Grand Valley State University softball has refused to let the adage stand without putting it to the test. With the bases loaded, seniors Kayleigh Bertram and Katie Martin each belted grand slams in the same game. “We had two grand slams in that game,” said GVSU head coach Doc Woods. “Katie Martin hit one and then Kayleigh Bertram – that really sets the tone in that second game (against Wayne State Saturday afternoon). One was in the first inning and one was in the second inning. They hit them well - the wind was blowing in and they got them out.” Earlier in the season (Mar. 30), during a 16-run first inning game one outpour against Lake Erie, Bertram and Martin hit the first grand slams of their respective and distinguished careers. The game ended in a 23-0 mercy. Two weeks later, little had changed as the Lakers dispatched of the

Wayne State Warriors 17-2. It was the seventh time this season GVSU has produced double digit run totals in a game and the third time the Lakers have surpassed the 15-run mark. Just as before, Bertram went first, contributing her second career grand slam in the first inning with a flash. Martin’s four-run shot followed in the second inning. “I had the second one, Kayleigh had the first one,” Martin said. “That was pretty cool, especially because the last time we both of us hit a grand slam was in the same game, too. The funny part is that neither of us had ever had one (until this season). Two times in a row.” Winning the first game of the doubleheader against Wayne State 7-2, GVSU departed from downtown Detroit with two more victories safely secured. Heading into Saginaw Valley State University to play on Sunday, for once this season GVSU seemed to get the better half of the weather coin. As snow flurries accumulated on GVSU turf, the Lakers played in the sun. “We just came out really excited and we definitely wanted to take all

four (games) this weekend, starting with Wayne State,” Martin said. “We just took it one game at a time and hit the ball – everyone was on. It’s great when every single person on the field is on.” The Lakers grinded out the first of two games against SVSU 7-6. Freshman pitcher Sara Andrasik was called on to close the game out, which she did neatly, before rolling out a 2-0 shutout in game two. “Well that was a great game, too (game one against SVSU),” Martin said. “Just battling – we’d score, they’d score, we’d score. We had the lead the whole game, which is always a good thing. We just gutted it out, had some good timing hits, got runners in when we needed to and had some homeruns, which was great.” In the first at-bat of the second inning of the second game against SVSU, junior Miranda Cleary propelled a ball into the stratosphere to put GVSU on the board. “That was the longest homerun I have ever seen in my life,” Martin said. “It was ridiculous – it went over a (set of) bleachers. That ball probably went 250-275 (yards), at least.” Woods, who has had a front row seat to many a homerun during his 23year tenure, couldn’t recall seeing a more powerful blast. “Well today in that second game, the 2-0, Miranda Cleary hit one of the longest homeruns I’ve seen,” Woods said. “She hit it out of the park, over their soccer stands and then it landed in the middle of their soccer field. It was not cheap, it was really crushed.” With games scheduled back at home Wednesday beginning at 3 p.m. against Lake Erie, the 27-3 (15-1 GLIAC) Lakers are anxious to continue their winning ways in the ten scheduled games left in the season. The weather has been unpredictable this spring and will continue to be an unknown as the 2013 season proceeds. The GVSU results however have been steady, especially when their cumulative hitting, pitching and fielding talents have collided to create the perfect storm. “It’s great to get four wins, especially on the road,” Martin said. “We haven’t been on the road in a while so it’s really exciting and just fun, you know? Just doing it.”



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Lacrosse extends win streak to five games, remains undefeated in GLIAC BY ADAM KNORR GVL STAFF WRITER

On March 24, the Grand Valley State women’s lacrosse team lost by 11 goals to Adelphi University in New York. On March 28, their losing streak reached three as they lost to Queens College 17-7. Two days later, the Lakers broke their losing streak. They’ve been winning ever since. GVSU came from behind on Saturday, snatching a 15-13 victory from Tiffin University, stretching their current winning streak to five. The Lakers have yet to lose since the second-tolast game of their New York trip, winning their first four games in the GLIAC. “We’ve been playing together really well recently,” said sophomore midfielder Rachel Leibovitz. “We didn’t play together well out of conference, but going through those losses really helped us

to get where we are now.” Leibovitz was a onewoman wrecking crew for the Lakers on Saturday, scoring six goals in the contest. GVSU took an early 3-0 lead and looked to be in control of the game until Tiffin reeled off eight consecutive goals to take a com-

As a first year team, we just need to keep pushing through and pressing on.


manding 8-3 lead. Leibovitz then provided a solo spark for the Laker offense, netting five goals of her own during an 8-1 GVSU run to put the Lakers up 11-9 in the second half. “(Leibovitz) was a fireplug,” said head coach Alicia Groveston. “She was able to find her niche tonight and


I have to give credit to our midfielders on their draw control. Tiffin didn’t have the ball in the first 10 minutes of the second and she was able to capitalize on her opportunities.” After Leibovitz’s outburst, the game remained close as the Dragons quickly tied up the contest at 11 goals apiece. The Lakers were reluctant to relinquish their lead completely, as Leibovitz quickly notched her sixth goal of the night. Fellow sophomore Victoria Devine followed Leibovitz’s lead, scoring a goal of her own to the give the Lakers a 13-11 lead they would never surrender. The comeback allowed the Lakers to remain undefeated in the GLIAC – one of their major goals for the season. Saturday’s win came just a day after GVSU’s 25-1 dominance of AldersonBroaddus College in a game where the Lakers netted an astounding 18 first half goals. If the Lakers are able to continue their GLIAC supremacy, they will gain control of home-field advantage throughout the postseason tournament. “We’ve played together much more,” said sopho-


Just getting started: Allyson Fritts runs past a defender during a recent match. Following a slow start, the team has found their way and has rattled off five straight victories.

more Meagan Emery. “We didn’t play together well out of conference, but going through those losses in New York helped us to start to play together as a team.” With the victory, GVSU improves to 7-5 overall, taking sole position of first place in the GLIAC (4-0). Tiffin (6-7) had been previously undefeated in the

GLIAC, but fell down into second place after Saturday’s loss to the Lakers. The GLIAC has begun to take shape in its inaugural year of competition, with GVSU, the overwhelming preseason favorite, standing atop the conference. “There are a lot of new programs in the GLIAC and they’re only going to

get better,” Groveston said. “As a first year team, we just need to keep pushing through and pressing on. I’m excited for both the future of the GLIAC and for what’s to come for the rest of the season.” The Lakers play next against Walsh University at home on Friday at 7 p.m.



Switching it up: The Grand Valley State University men’s team races during the Lubbers Cup Regatta. Because of windy conditions, the team was forced to use a heavier boat in competition.

Rowing teams take home Lubbers Cup BY ADAM KNORR GVL STAFF WRITER

Conditions for the 18th Annual Don Lubbers Cup Regatta were anything but ideal on Saturday as the

Grand Valley State University rowing club hosted their biggest event of the year. The wind was swirling and snow was falling on Spring Lake, making for

tough rowing conditions. If Mother Nature was throwing GVSU a curveball, the Lakers knocked it out of the park. Both men’s and women’s varsity 8 crews won their events, springing the host Lakers to the top of the scoreboard, as they won the overall points trophy. “I thought, in light of the conditions, we out-rowed the competition,” said head coach John Bancheri. “Our guys rowed as hard as they could and our women outmuscled the competition.” The men’s crew saw an unexpected twist come their way, as they made a last-second decision to switch boats for the Regatta. Due to the harsh conditions, the men switched from their speed boat to the older, bigger boat normally used by

I thought, in light of the conditions, we out-rowed the competition. Our guys rowed as hard as they could and our women out-muscled the competition.


the JV team. The decision to go retro paid off for the Lakers, as they were able to maintain a high speed in the slower boat, while conquering the harsh elements at the same time. The dominance of the varsity 8 races came as a much-needed boost for the Laker Navy, who redeemed themselves from a slightly disappointing showing last weekend at the Occoquan Sprints in Washington D.C. After losing to the University of Michigan at the Sprints, the men fought back and took down the Wolverines in the final heat on Saturday. GVSU finished four seconds ahead of the runners-up from Michigan State University, while Michigan finished in third, eleven seconds behind the winning pace set by the Lakers. The women’s varsity 8, who finished fourth in D.C. last weekend, annihilated their competition, besting second place Eastern Michigan University by a whopping 24 seconds and third place University of Illinois by nearly a minute. “We had hoped to win by a few more seconds,” said senior captain Carey Mankins. “Our competition for the Lubbers Cup

isn’t what it is for the men’s team and we had hoped to win by a little bit more.” The weather cut the Regatta short, and the fours events were canceled due to safety concerns for the lighter boats. Fortunately, all the primary events were ran, and the Lakers took full advantage of their time on the water. As happens so often in sports, the Lakers were humbled by a sentimental moment brought on by the christening of their new boat, “Rachel Ring 1991-2011.” The boat was donated by the family of Rachel Ring, a former GVSU rower who died in a car accident in 2011. “Losing someone at that age is something that you never ever get over,” Bancheri said. “Seeing her family there and willing to give such a large gift was touching, moving, and a great message to everyone that, as bad as it gets, you’ve got to keep pushing forward and make the best of every day you get on the earth.” GVSU has a two-week break in competition before they travel to Indianapolis for the Mid-American Championships.


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GV Relay for Life raises over $80,000 BY KARA HAIGHT



rand Valley State University’s eleventh annual Relay for Life raised over $80,000 in the fight to find a cure for cancer over the weekend. Festivities started Friday with a video presentation from Colleges Against Cancer, the student organization in charge of preparing for the events and leading the games, entertainment and education for the night. The video showed members of CAC and other GVSU students sharing milestones and accomplishments of the American Cancer Society, which CAC regularly partners with. The ACS is celebrating 100 years in business. During the opening ceremonies, speakers shared stories of their personal connections to the disease, including relatives and friends who fought and lost their battles. Brad Rutledge, director of the ACS Great Lakes Division, said he was excited to see the Relayers in action. “At my job, I get to sit behind a desk, planning for events like this,” Rutledge said. “But it’s another thing to actually come out and see these programs in action, in all that they can do.” Savanna Rayne, the ACS staff partner for GVSU, said that, in Michigan, ACS is second only to the government in research funding, and events like Relay help keep it that way. “By being here, you are changing and saving lives,” Rayne said. “Could be a parent, a friend; could be mine or yours.”

While many memories of family members and friends affected by cancer were shared, some in the audience had even closer encounters with the disease. GVSU student Rachael Allen told the audience at Relay the impact cancer has had on her own life. Allen said at age 13, after a surgery to treat a misdiagnosis of mononucleosis, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma stage II. Allen started chemotherapy a month after her diagnosis and experienced various medical complications during her treatments. After multiple chemo sessions, she felt hopeful, but soon learned that her cancer had returned. “(After it returned) I lost confidence,” Allen said. “I didn’t go to school, and I was depressed.” But she continued to fight cancer for a second time, telling the Relay audience that she has been cancer free for the past six years and was cured of Hodgkin’s lymphoma five years ago. Allen shared that through her battle, she learned many lessons about herself and her appreciation for life. “If I could go back and rewind my life without cancer I wouldn’t,” Allen said. “I learned to be thankful. I never knew how selfish I was until cancer.” Events including the survivor walk, the luminaria ceremony and the Mr. Relay contest continued throughout the night, and the donations grand total of $80,937 was announced at the 6 a.m. closing ceremonies.

Dancing fever: Danielle Fritz and GVSU Dance Troupe teammates perform during this year’s final performance.


Finding a cure: A group of girls dance during the Relay for Life event which raised $80,937 to go towards cancer research.


Raising awareness: The event featured guest speakers who shared stories of how cancer has affect themselves and their families.

GVSU Dance Troupe:

Dance for a Dream BY jackie smith GVL staff writer


This past weekend, the Grand Valley State University Dance Troupe put on their spring recital, titled “Dance for a Dream.” Performances were held April 12 at 8 p.m., and April 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Allendale High school auditorium. Dance Troupe is the largest student organization on campus, with over 200 members. It is student run, and student choreographers run all dances. The organization states that “Dance Troupe’s goal is to bring dancers of all styles and technique levels together in one common love – dance.” Kate Shaner, a member of Dance Troupe, said that she loves being a part of the organization. “Dance Troupe is really awesome,” Shaner said. “Its like a family, and you get to see your best friends every week.” The recital consisted of 32 dance numbers, all choreographed by students in Dance Troupe. The week leading up the recital is known to the group as Spirit Week, and consists of longer practices and lots of prepping for the performances. Chelsea Walker, a member of Dance Troupe said that Spirit Week was a lot of work, but definitely worth it.

“Our normal practices are 40 minutes long, and Spirit Week was about two hour practices each day, depending on how many dances you had and what half of the show you were in,” Walker said. “I think the idea of spirit week is great, and gives everyone a chance to clean up and go over their dances in front of others.” Erin Elenbaas, also a Dance Troupe

It’s like a family, and you get to see your best friends every week.


member is one of the many dancers excited for next year’s show. “Next year I will be a senior, and I’m excited to a have a bigger part in

the recital, and get out there and have a really good time,” Elenbaas said. As for students that are interested, or tentative about joining the GVSU Dance Troupe, all of the dancers agreed on one thing - this organization has changed their lives for the better. Jade Behringer , another member of Dance Troupe encourages students to join the organization. “There are some people who have never danced before and they join and learn to become incredible dancers.” Behringer said. “It just shows that anyone can dance.” Every year, the Dance Troupe raises money for a cause. This year they are donating to the Rainbow Connection of Michigan. The Rainbow Connection helps kids with life-threatening illnesses to experience opportunities that they might not be able to without the help of this organization. This organization is dedicated to making these children’s dreams come true. Donations requested included card and board games, stuffed animals, DVDs, and gift cards. To learn more about The Rainbow Connection, visit

LGBT Resource Center hosts annual Lavender Graduation BY kari norton GVL laker life EDITOR

Grand Valley State University’s LGBT Resource Center will celebrate its eighth Lavender Graduation on April 17 at 4 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center’s Pere Marquette. The evening will begin with welcome remarks and a keynote address from a graduating senior. “The mission of Lavender Graduation is to celebrate the personal and academic achievements of our students and recognizing their contributions to our campus,” said Program Coordinator Carrie Christian. Graduates that participate will be recognized, receive a gift and get to enjoy a reception with hors d’oeuvres and music. “Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes

LGBTA students’ contributions to the university and acknowledges their achievements during their college experience,” Noll said. “Students are officially recognized by the institution for their leadership, success and achievement.” The event began at the University of Michigan in 1995 to honor LGBT students for their accomplishments. The university’s resource center director at the time believe that LGBT students, like other minority groups, needed their own ceremony and the event has since expanded to campuses across the country. Students who would like to be recognized at the graduation should sign up at lgbtrc/lavgrad.

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It’s a celebration: GVSU students are honored at last year’s Lavender Graduation. This year’s graduation will be the eighth on its kind and will feature a keynote speaker as well as gifts and hors d’oeuvres for those in attendance.



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GV holds third annual Multicultural Greek Exhibition BY BECKY SPAULDING GVL STAFF WRITER

On April 11, the brothers of Sigma Lambda Beta and the sisters of Sigma Lambda Gamma held their third annual Multicultural Greek Exhibition to cap off BetaGamma Week. The Multicultural Greek Exhibition: Stepping, Strolling and Saluting included stepping and dance performances from Sigma Lambda Beta and Sigma Lambda Gamma along with Sigma Lambda Upsilon, Delta Phi Lambda, Lambda Theta Alpha, Delta Tau Lambda and Lambda Theta Phi. The groups came out stomping to a large crowd gathered smack dab in the middle of the Kirkhof Center. Despite a late start for the show, the hall still echoed with shouts and applause as each group emerged from the crowd and took the stage. Most performances started out with a music-free stomping session, with the groups performing well-rehearsed chants and letting the crowd know what their sorority or fraternity stood for. Eric Villafuerte, a mem-

ber of the Alpha-Gamma chapter of Sigma Lambda Betta, spoke for his group. “We were founded at the

We may not be the oldest fraternity, we may not be the first fraternity, but we are the largest, the fastest growing...


University of Iowa on April 4, 1986 - we just celebrated our twenty-seventh year,” Villafuerte said to the cheering crowd. “We were founded on the four principles of brotherhood, scholarship,

community service and cultural awareness.” “We may not be the oldest fraternity, we may not be the first fraternity, but we are the largest, the fastest growing … multicultural fraternity in the nation, with 28 states from coast to coast,” he added. After the traditional stomping and shouting, the groups would move into step dances set to popular songs like Boyz II Men’s “Motown Philly” and Rihanna’s “Diamonds.” The organizations held a week of events, including a cookout to raise funds for their scholarship, a “Greek life after college” event in which alumni spoke to current students, a discussion on being a part of the LGBT community when it collides with your race or ethnicity, a tour for local high school students and Thursday’s event. The week was organized in honor of April being the founding month for both Sigma Lambda Beta (1986) and Sigma Lambda Gamma (1990). bspaulding


Getting down: All four of Grand Valley’s multicultural organizations came together with two guest groups from Michigan State University for this years Multicultural Greek Exhibition.

Have a ball and grant a wish Dodgeball Club event will raise funds for Make-A-Wish Michigan BY jessica smith GVL staff writer

It’s the week before finals and stress levels are high. If you’re looking for a distraction or a way to let off some steam before going into your finals, here’s the perfect opportunity. The Hospitality and Tourism Management crew partnered with the Dodgeball Club to bring you Dodge For A Cause. Student Kate Schick said they wanted to make an event that everyone on campus could enjoy. “Our group brainstormed and tried to come up with a fun activity that students, organizations, sororities, fraternities, and even faculty would all be interested in. We want people to have a ball and grant a wish,” Schick said. Dodge For A Cause is a dodgeball tour-

nament designed to be a fun way to end the year, while supporting the Make-A-Wish Michigan Foundation. The dodgeball team will be explaining the rules and regulations as well as refereeing the event. President of the Dodgeball Club, Mark Trippiedi, said he thinks dodgeball is the perfect sport to help raise money because anyone can join in. “Not only is it a great charity event, but it is also dodgeball, and everyone probably remembers how much fun it was in school, not to mention it is great timing to have some fun before finals week,” Trippiedi said. The group’s goal is to raise $500 for MakeA-Wish Michigan. This foundation grants wishes to children in our community facing life-threatening medical conditions to help

enrich their human experience with hope, strength and joy. The money would be enough to cover the lodging for a vacation wish. Schick wants to help the Make-A-Wish Michigan because it has personally helped her family in the past. “Make-A-Wish Michigan® really hits home for me. My older brother, Derrick, was a wish kid. As a wish sibling I witnessed first hand how amazing this foundation is and what a difference it makes in the lives of the children, and the strength it brings to the families,” Schick said. “Derrick’s wish was to go to Disney World and it was an experience like none other. These wishes help the children and families more than you can ever imagine.” If you’d like to participate in this event,

there’s still time to sign up. Teams need to be comprised of six to ten people and a team captain will be responsible for registering the team and submitting an entry fee, which is $35 per team, and can be dropped off at the HTM Department in B-3-226 Mackinac Hall or turned in at the event. The tournament kicks off Friday, April 19 at 6 p.m. in the Fieldhouse and is expected to wrap up before 9 p.m. All of the proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish Michigan, and there will be prizes for the winning team along with free giveaways, and some friendly competition. For more information, email or schickk@mail.gvsu. edu.

GV graduate eliminates outsourcing with clothing project BY kari norton GVL laker life EDITOR

After graduating from Grand Valley State University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in geology, Nathan Noll went on to pursue a master’s degree in biological sciences at East Tennessee State University. Upon finishing his degree, Noll began looking for a job that would allow him to be creative, organized, and most of all, beneficial to others – he found that at Gooder Labs, LLC in Johnson City, TN. “After meeting the owner Ken Talbert, it was clear that he shared similar visions. He was thrilled to bring in someone with such a diverse background that could combine aspects of art, science, and business,” Noll said. “Helping others has been very important to Gooder Labs, LLC as well.” Gooder Labs is a highvolume printer, averaging 300 shirts per day, Noll said. While the company always tries to support American companies by using only American brands, the prices tend to be much higher than imported products. Currently 98 percent of all clothing bought in the United States is foreign made, he said. Noll is now leading a project for the company to create American-made t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts to try to minimize the outsourcing. Heritage Knitting in North Carolina will turn the yarn into fabric and after it is dyed it will be moved to Claiborne Apparel in Tennessee where it will be used to make the shirts.

“Members of my immediate family have felt the results of the economic decline over the past decade. I feel the best way Americans can help our economy is to buy American goods,” Noll said. “Importing also has a large impact on oil consumption, contributing to environmental and political problems.” The project will offer

white, black, red and royal blue t-shirts and sweatshirts during the first run and will expand to more colors and clothing options as time goes on. The designs printed on the shirts will be associated with pop-culture and other fantasy themes. To eliminate some of the start-up costs, he will be launching the project

on Kickstarter - a program where people can launch their ideas to get attention and funding from financial backers. Noll started off just like other GVSU students that are determined and driven to make it out in the world. “My best recommendation to students who want to make a difference is to think

about things that they are really passionate about,” Noll said. “If something that needs to improve in the country or in the world as a whole, think about what can be done to make it happen.” Noll said not to try to do everything on your own. Find other people who are just as passionate about certain issues and have the dif-

ferent skills needed to make it to the end goal. “Never be afraid to follow your dreams. Even if things don’t turn out the same way you first imagined, you are certain to learn a lot along the way and accomplish some great things,” Noll said.

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