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The GVSU community has had a cumulative total of 3,933 cases since Aug. 1, 2020. The university’s update for this brief was from Friday, Oct. 22. Through testing results this past week, GVSU’s Virus Action team have so far reported 65 current active cases including four faculty members, seven staff members, 12 on-campus students, 21 “off-campus Ottawa” students, 19 “off-campus Kent” students and two “off-campus other” students with active COVID-19 cases. “Current active cases” is the count of positive cases reported to the Virus Action Team over the past ten days. This is an estimate of those currently in isolation, assuming a ten-day symptomatic period following the reporting of a positive test result. Actual periods of isolation are specific to the individual and determined by the county health department. Testing and Incidence: GVSU’s own testing program has performed 102,429 tests overall since August 1, 2020, for a cumulative positivity rate of 1.39% from the latest update as of last week. A total of 1,501 tests were performed over the last seven days. “GV Surveillance” includes the GV/ Spectrum administered programs of randomized testing, regular testing of high-risk groups, and invited testing of individuals connected to potential clusters. A calendar is available. “GV Total” includes surveillance testing plus all symptomatic/exposure tests administered by Spectrum. Vaccination: GVSU encourages all students, faculty and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. All students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated by Sept.30, barring a medical or religious exemption or postponement. According to the COVID-19 data dashboard, 80% vaccination rate in the GVSU community is required to reach herd immunity and minimal virus transmission. Currently, approximately 80% of students report being fully vaccinated, while approximately 83% of faculty and staff reports being fully vaccinated.


An anonymous donor has donated $2 million to create full-ride scholarships for first-generation college students. The T4 scholarship is connected with the Rapid Education Prototyping for Change, Learners, Community and Equity (REP4) initiative, which Grand Valley State University founded. The first 10 T4 Scholars were selected from 130 high school seniors who participated in the Midwest Learner Design Summit at GVSU this summer. After the summit, students attended the national convening of REP4, where they pitched their ideas for improving equity in higher education.



GV Student Senate EAC takes on drive for reducing textbook costs BY JOSH ALBURTUS NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

Student concerns over class expenditures are nothing out of the ordinary. One solution has already began to save Grand Valley State University’s student body hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and could save them much more. It is leading GVSU’s Student Senate and its Educational Affairs Committee (EAC) to take up the mantle on reducing textbook costs. In their Oct. 21 meeting, Student Senate hosted guest speakers Matt Ruen, GVSU’s Scholarly Communications Outreach Coordinator, and Justin Melick from GVSU’s University Libraries. The representatives both outlined the importance of reducing textbook and resource costs as well as explaining how to do so. Their proposition: open educational resources (OER). “In the library, across campus, in e-learning, we care about (and) are working to support the use of OER and zero-cost materials in part because we recognize the cost of educational materials is a real barrier to learning (and) a real barrier to education,” Ruen said. Providing further context to emphasize its importance, Ruen detailed for the Senate exactly what OER was. “This is the same sense that ‘open’ is used in open-source software,” Ruen said. “It’s free-

RESOURCES: Open educational resources and zero-cost materials could relieve potential financial burdens for students, Matt Ruen, GVSU Scholarly Communication Coordinator said. GVL | SYDNEY LIM

ly available for people to find and use but also includes permission allowing other users to modify, customize, combine open materials to do new things with them.” An expansion of access, Ruen told the Senate, can work to significantly relieve potential financial burdens for students. “When an instructor chooses to use an open textbook or other zero-cost materials, I say zero-cost to encompass things like journal articles from the library’s collections, the university ends up paying for those,” Ruen said.

“You as an individual student taking those courses do not pay for those journal articles.” Ruen’s research on how more OER at GVSU could affect students suggests that it would be no small drop in the bucket. Ruen and Melick estimated for the Senate that the presence of OER access saved the student body around $540,000 last year alone. LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE


Developing story: Two GV student deaths in October BY AUDREY WHITAKER, HANNA HALSTEAD NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

On Thursday, Oct 14, emergency responders were dispatched to Pere Marquette beach in Muskegon following reports that a swimmer was struggling in the rip currents of Lake Michigan. Several hours later, the U.S. Coast Guard

STUDENT DEATHS: GVSU community responded online to the death of Taleah Lowe following statements posted by GVPD. GVL | ARCHIVES

found the body of Taleah Lowe, an 18-yearold Grand Valley State University student. GVSU students were notified via email on Oct. 15. On Oct. 19, the Grand Valley Police Department shared two posts on social media with information about the Muskegon Police Department report. GVPD said that Muskegon Police Department’s initial statement named drowning as the cause of death and that there was no foul play suspected. A GoFundMe created by Isaiah Lane, Taleah’s cousin, on Oct. 18 is raising money for legal fees and a private investigator. According to Lane in the GoFundMe, the family is suspicious of two other GVSU students whom Lowe was with on the night of her death. Students took to social media to express their outrage. On Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, members of the GVSU community shared the opinion that Lowe’s death wasn’t an accident in posts and comments on GVSU, GVPD and President Mantella’s official accounts. Many said that the department should conduct a more thorough investigation.

Since the death occurred in Muskegon, GVPD does not have jurisdiction over the case, which is being handled by the Muskegon police department, Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police Brandon DeHaan said. “In this particular case, the death investigation occurred over 35 miles away from the Allendale campus,” DeHaan said. “Had the death occurred on the Grand Valley campus, Grand Valley police would have conducted the investigation.” DeHaan said that GVPD has connected with the Muskegon Police Department in order to connect their investigator with members of Brown’s family and to inform the GVSU community. On Oct. 22, GVSU students were notified via email that another student, Katelyn Nylund, had died in a vehicle crash on Oct. 21. The GVSU Counseling Center has stated that they are available to anyone struggling with the two deaths of GVSU students this week. The Lanthorn will be covering both these cases as more information unfolds.



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Campus Dining holds forum for student feedback BY JAMIE WILSON NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

This past Tuesday, campus dining held a Food Committee meeting in Kirkhof for any student to participate in. The meeting sparked productive, yet difficult, dialogue between students and non-student members. The Food Committee holds a “Talk with Campus Dining” meeting every three weeks in order to hear feedback and suggestions from students directly. An important point of discussion was student input regarding Grand Valley State University’s vegan and vegetarian options. A student struggling with various food allergies spoke on some of these options. Other students struggled to find fulfilling options at convenient locations for them, one student even opening up about not eating due to the lack of options or “high wait times” for their particular options. “Some options that students choose do tend to be slower, like the make your own stir fry, while other items have a fast turnover,” said Chuck Brown, Campus Dining Operations Director. Chuck Brown also said dining plans to install “drop-in” warmers at dining locations as soon as this November.




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One student said the availability of food for students with dietary restrictions may be a reason many students decide not to renew their meal plans after their freshman year. Alison Cooney, the Registered Dietician Nutritionist at GVSU, offered a possible solution to this, which was well-received by those at the meeting. LOG ON TO:

Chick-Fil-A opens near GV Allendale campus Only five years ago, Chick-Fil-A opened their first stand-alone full-service restaurant in Michigan. Since then it has become a favorite fast-food destination to many Michigan residents, including some Grand Valley State University students. However, other students don’t support the restaurant’s ideals. The new restaurant opened on Oct. 14 and is located on 356 Wilson Ave in Standale. As of now, the restaurant will only be open for drive-through, carry out and patio dining. The short distance from the GVSU cam-

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“The reason we don’t have some options readily available is because of the issue of quality,” said Craig Wieschhorster, the Associate Vice President for Business and Finance. “We don’t have a high enough demand for some items to be cooked as frequently as other options, so employees make them upon request so that the food is fresher.” Students from the advocacy group Students for Food Sovereignty group were among those who spoke at the meeting.




SERVING: Even though many students were able to voice their concerns with campus dining, a lot are still facing issues with not only campus dining, but now Aramark themselves. GVL | ARCHIVES

NOW OPEN: Many are filling the lines at Allendale’s new Chick-fil-a some students are not happy with the new opening.COURTESY | WZZM

pus has proven to be very convenient for Chick-fil-A lovers. “Until now, the closest Chick-fil-A was in the Kentwood area,” said GVSU student Krista Zarend. “I would rarely get it because it was so far. This is kind of embarrassing, but I’ve already gotten it a couple times and it hasn’t even been open for a week.” Compared to popular GVSU destinations like McDonald’s, Culvers and Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A might stand out from the crowd. Chick-fil-A specializes in chicken, as opposed to other popular fast food joints that focus on burgers or tacos. Though the company’s chicken recipe is a trade secret, the key is rumored to be pickle juice. The restaurant had a successful opening day and continues to have long lines six days a week. With multiple workers carrying iPads along the two-way line, Chick-fil-A’s drivethrough technique helps with the big rushes. “There was a line stretching all the way through the Culver’s parking lot and I still ended up out of there in around 20 minutes, which seemed like a win to me,” Zarend said. “They had someone taking my order, then someone getting my card and someone double-checking my order all before the first window.” LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

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Achieving virality on TikTok feels far more reachable than it does on other platforms. The unpredictable algorithm coupled with the notable success of other creators – many of

whom relate to GVSU Lakers in age and college environment – make content creation seem fun and promising. For some, like Addison Rae, the luck of the draw was pulled in their favor. It appears as though the next TikTok superstar is PinkPantheress, a 20-year old musician who acquired initial attention after her song “Break it Off ” became a trending sound. The Londoner dished out subsequent singles, each garnering paralleled the success of her debut. As the hype surrounding her signature 2000s dance, drum & bass, jungle-hybrid sound grew with each single, PinkPantheress proved that it could hold up across an entire body of work on her album To Hell with It, released in October 2021. The ten-track record provided fans with a deeper look into

her otherwise anonymous identity, allowing listeners to empathize with her heartbreak and struggles with mental health – all while keeping her name and other personal details completely private. Haas is being recognized for his service in the Coast Guard, as well as his leadership at Grand Valley State University. Haas graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1973, serving two years in Port Huron and 23 as a member of the permanent commissioned teaching staff at the academy. Haas served as president of Grand Valley State University from 2006 to 2019. LOG ON TO:


Each year for the past fourteen years, my alma mater has brought the entire community together for one night and one night only. Thousands

of Texas’s radical anti-abortion law. That SCOTUS ruling— while frustrating for outside observers, and life-changing for the people of Texas— wasn’t necessarily surprising. The current Supreme Court lineup is largely conservative; six out of the nine justices were appointed by Republican presidents. With this year’s Supreme Court set to address a number of highly controversial, incredibly impactful issues, the justices will be making decisions that shape our short-term and long-term futures, and the political system that students at GVSU are set to inherit. There are many members of the GVSU community that are directly harmed by— or, less importantly, simply disagree with— the direction that our federal and state institutions are moving towards, and the direction that West Michigan and Ottawa County are championing. Some conservatives, like those from Turning Point, are quick to claim that they face discrimination on the basis of their beliefs. But Republicans, at this moment, possess an incredible amount of political power.


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Pink Arrow Pride makes ArtPrize debut and thousands of people come together underneath the Friday night lights at Bob Perry Field to raise awareness for something much larger than us. In 2008, the Lowell High School football coach at the time, Noel Dean, came up with the idea to turn our Red Arrows pink in an effort to raise money and awareness for those who have been affected by cancer. The concept was simple. A football game is played, with pink jerseys that honor loved ones who died, survived, or are currently fighting cancer, thousands of pink thundersticks roar in the air, and the entire stadium turns into a massive sea of pink. Thanks to the hard work of volunteers and members of the community, Pink Arrow raised $93,000 to give to charities its first year. Since then, Pink Arrow Pride has

West Michigan is, historically, conservative. Ottawa County, specifically, has consistently voted Republican in presidential elections for the past 30 years. As large-scale changes shift political power towards the right, and those changes are reflected in life on campus, members of the Grand Valley State University community who aren’t West Michigan natives, or just don’t align with conservative ideology, may begin to feel out of place. While the stereotypical narrative is that colleges and universities are intrinsically liberal— something that conservative groups have cited in criticisms of post-secondary education as a whole— the reality is that many schools, GVSU included, are home to thriving, right-leaning groups. Turning Point, an organization that works to advance conservative ideology, targeting and “exposing” professors that don’t conform with their way of thinking, recently made a somewhat clandestine appearance at the Cook Carillon Tower. Also appearing by the clock tower— GVSU’s designated free speech zone— were Pro-Life advocates who engaged in abrasive protests last month when the Supreme Court ruled in favor

not only brought more awareness to cancer and how it has impacted our community, but demonstrates the important values of family, kindness, service, and community. Simply put, there is more to life than winning a silly high school football game. Over the last fourteen years, their main focus has been to continue raising awareness in an effort to find a treatment and cure for cancer. A question to consider, how have they been raising awareness for something so powerful? Every year, the Pink Arrow Pride Project designs pink T-shirts that are sold to the community. LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

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Dr. Corey Anton accepts two new awards for his work outside of the classroom BY SARA COLLINS NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

Dr. Corey Anton is a Grand Valley State University professor who teaches courses like COM 600, COM 295 and COM 301. Although he sees himself as a teacher, his accomplishments go far beyond the classroom. Anton recently made a trip to New York to accept the J. Talbot Winchell Award for semantics from the Institute of General Semantics. In addition, Anton will accept another award in Seattle in less than a month regarding his newly published book “How Non-Being Haunts Being,” a book that explores possibilities, morality and death acceptance. The GVSU professor always knew he was unique. While growing up in the woods of Wisconsin, Anton spent his childhood knowing three things: he is adopted, he has two different colored eyes and no one else around him also had the name Corey. A vital turning point in Anton’s life began at the end of high school. Anton said he was sitting in a classroom at 17 years old and began to realize there was more to school than the social aspect. “I, for the first time, realized there was a person standing in the front of the room

talking and I was supposed to be listening to them,” Anton said. “I thought ‘funny’ was what life was about. Then, I suddenly discovered ideas and books and I couldn’t get enough of it.” Anton’s love for exploring new ideas through books and research bled into his college experience. By the time he went to college, Anton said he was like a third-grader that couldn’t get enough of school. Anton went on to spend the next 11 years of his life dedicated to his education. He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin Parkside in psychology and communication. From there, he received his master’s of speech communication and rhetoric from Illinois State University. For his joint Ph.D. in interpersonal communication theory and phenomenology, he studied at Purdue University. His experiences at Wisconsin Parkside and Purdue was radically transformative. Anton’s love for his undergrad increased his commitment to help students through that same stage of life. “I think an undergraduate degree is a radically transforming experience,” Anton said. After finishing college in ‘98, Anton began as an assistant professor in GVSU’s

AUTHOR: In addition to his work as a GV professor, Anton has written several books. He also serves as Vice-President for the Institute of General Semantics, and enjoys juggling. GVL | SARA COLLINS

School of Communications and has been here ever since. Although others may see him as a researcher, he still sees himself as a teacher. “As a professor, you have three main areas: you teach, you do research and you do service,” Anton said. Anton’s recent J. Talbot Winchell Award for general semantics was given to him by The Institute of General Semantics, where he currently serves as the Vice-President. He has been the VP for about 10 years, has been in the group for around 15 years, launched and continues to oversee their book

series, contributes to their journal and oversees their bookstore housed on GVSU’s campus. Anton said his love and understanding of general semantics began while studying his undergraduate degree. “It is basic multidisciplinary orientation toward what is language, how does language relate to consciousness and culture and how does it relate to how we make sense,” Anton said. LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE


Study Abroad Fair kicks off in Kirkhof BY KAY KELLER NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

The Study Abroad Fair is returning to Grand Valley State University in a new combination of online and in-person sessions. Instead of being a massive one-day event, the fair will be over a dozen events in the span of two weeks. The fair will start with a kickoff event on Nov. 1 in the Grand River Room in Kirkhof from noon to 4 p.m. There will be food, music, a booth for free passport pho-

tos and around 20 tables. The tables will feature faculty-led programs, partnerships and even external programs that students can explore. “We’re going to start off with an in-person event,” said Study Abroad Advisor Meaghann Myers-Smith. “Study abroad is a very personal thing and it’s a very individual thing. It’s not a one size fits all program.” After the kickoff event, there will be a variety of information sessions hosted both online and in-person. The virtual events are one-hour sessions that run multiple times a

OPPORTUNITY: The 2021 Study Abroad Fair will feature both online and in-person events. Online informational sessions will run multiple times a day throughout the next two weeks. GVL | ALISSA LANE

day so that students will be able to attend. With international travel being off-limits for such a long period of time due to COVID-19, GVSU has just started sending students abroad this semester. According to Myers-Smith, there are nine students abroad this semester and about 30 for the winter semester. They hope to have more students enrolled for the summer semester. COVID-19 is still a looming issue. As a result, some countries will be unavailable for students to travel to. Countries that are rated at a level four by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are not allowing tourists. The level four countries currently include Norway, Switzerland, Thailand, Greece and dozens of others. This year, on top of the regular study abroad applications, students will have to apply for an appeal. The appeal process is just a way for the university to help students understand the COVID-19 guidelines for the country they are planning to go to. They would discuss quarantine plans, vaccination requirements, and what happens in case of another large-scale wave. COVID-19 has also been an issue for students that have graduated in the past year or will be this year. These students

have been unable to take advantage of the study abroad programs offered by GVSU. “For students that are in (that) position, I do encourage them to connect with the Office of Fellowships because they have great information on international opportunities in your post-graduate years,” Myers-Smith said. Studying abroad is an expensive event, but GVSU has several scholarships to help students fund their studies. There will be a funding booth at the kickoff event for students to learn about their options. The Padnos International Center has a few scholarships that students can apply for, each with different requirements and time spent abroad. For students going abroad for the full academic year, there is the Padnos International scholarship, which gives students $5,000-$15,000 a year. This is a scholarship that is awarded to multiple students, yet not many apply for it according to Myers-Smith. All of the different information sessions can be found on the GVSU events page or on the Padnos International Center website. Study abroad programs are hoping to be in full swing again this year and are hoping that the world remains open.



POSE: Guard members are quick learners and hard workers. COURTESY | GV LMB COLORGUARD INSTAGRAM

TEAM: The freshman skipped the final round of autions this year. COURTESY | JOHN AND VERONICA FATURA

Color guard welcomes a power house freshman class BY MARY RACETTE ASSOCIATE@LANTHORN.COM

The transition from high school to college can be intimidating as many start with a blank slate and have to make new friends. For the eight freshmen in this year’s Laker Marching Band Color Guard, a second family welcomed them with open arms when they began practice in the summer. “Color guard is just a family and we are there for each other and we help each other out as needed,” said Grand Valley State University freshman Anthony Gilchrist. Each year, the color guard holds competitive two-day auditions. Having the ability to quickly memorize drills is a focal point of the auditions. Students are required to show that they are capable and quick learners. “All the freshmen really wanted to make

FLAGS: The GVSU marching band welcomed 8 new freshman to their flag core. Being apart of the band and color guard room has helped ease their transition from high school to college. GVL | LAUREN SEYMOUR

new friends,” said GVSU freshman Jenna Martin. “There were eight freshmen this year so all of us got really close because we all had this thing in common that we could talk about.” Usually, there is an additional tier to the auditions on the second day, but this year all eight freshmen were considered to be good enough and they were all accepted into the program without conducting the final part of the audition. The freshmen found out about color guard in different ways. Gilchrist has been doing color guard since high school. His hometown is not too far from GVSU so he was very intrigued by GVSU’s color guard program. In 2019 he attended a band day at GVSU and that is when he knew this was what he wanted to do. Martin has been apart color guard for five

MARCH: Members bring their talents after years of practice. COURTESY | GV LMB COLORGUARD INSTAGRAM

years and held leadership positions with her high school program. There was a summer Zoom call with all of the Michigan Universities’ color guard programs which helped her make her college decision. “GVSU’s color guard instructor just seemed like she was really nice and fun so that kind of pulled me towards here,” Martin said. The color guard holds practice almost every day for about two hours in the evening. Their practices vary based on how spread apart game days are. Students are required to memorize the drills beforehand so that they can practice them all together. Gilchrist and Martin said they have been able to balance school and color guard well. Since practices are usually only two hours, they have time to study and work on school work. Gilchrist said he makes sure to get studying done during the day between classes

when they have late practices. The freshmen said they are most looking forward to continuing color guard throughout their college experience and building strong friendships with one another. “All of the upperclassmen that are in color guard are super caring and they want to make sure you are understanding the work and they want to help with social problems as well as things in color guard specifically,” Martin said. The color guard wants it to be known that what they do is not as easy as it may look. Martin said one of the most difficult parts about color guard is all of the memorizing they are required to do. She said it also takes a lot of practice to know how to do the moves and not hit yourself with the flag in the process. “It’s very fun but there’s is a lot of hard work that we make look easy for you guys,” Martin said.

TWIRL: The upperclassman have helped the younger students to ease their transition. COURTESY | GVSU



Hauenstein Center hosts discussion event on big tech


Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center hosted an event on Thursday night titled “Does Big Tech Equal Big Problems?” featuring guest speakers Carl Szabo and Josh Hammer. The discussion was attended by around 80 students, faculty, staff, and other members of the Grand Rapids community in person and virtually. Guest speakers Szabo and Hammer were chosen because they are two of the leading voices on big tech policy in America. Szabo is Vice President and General Counsel for NetChoice, which is a prominent lobbying firm for several big tech companies. Hammer, on the other hand, is Opinion Editor at Newsweek and Counsel and Policy Advisor at the Internet Accountability Project. Topics discussed at the event include how tech companies dominate the online market, laws associated with big tech policies and how the public’s perception of tech companies has changed since misinformation issues plagued the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections. Jakob Bigard, Program Manager for the Common Ground Initiative at the Hauenstein Center, said that the discussion topics were chosen because of the many positives and neg-

SPEAKERS: GVSU hosted two guest speakers to talk about the issues big tech is currently facing as well as how this could impact users, many used this opportunity to network. COURTESY | GVSU

atives technology has shown over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. “So many developments in the world of technology haAve allowed us to stay connected and interact, Zoom being a prime example for personal and professional opportunities to stay connected,” Bigard said. “Though at the same time, we’ve seen many of the shortcomings of technology and social media companies through the mis/disinformation of the pandemic and 2020 election, which further polarizes Americans and enhances tribalistic sentiment and echo chambers.” Although Szabo and Hammer are both politically conservative, their views on big tech policy couldn’t be more different. Szabo and

NetChoice are on the side of tech companies, and Szabo is the lawyer who defends NetChoice member organizations like Facebook, Twitter and Google. Hammer has been very critical of tech companies in his writing, on social media and at speaking events, and has pushed for more government intervention regarding what tech companies are allowed to censor online. Before the discussion, students and other attendees could participate in a lunch event and a networking reception. These are opportunities for students to make valuable connections and gain valuable insights by talking with speakers and other members of the Hauenstein Center team. “Before this event, I wasn’t familiar with the differing perspectives on big tech policy,

and with my major being advertising and public relations, I want to be knowledgeable about both sides of the debate going forward,” said fourth-year student MacKenzie Payton. “I also attended the networking reception and that was a great networking opportunity for everyone involved.” Despite the potentially controversial subject matter, the discussion progressed smoothly throughout its roughly two-hour runtime. Bigard was pleased with how everything played out. “Last night went really well, we had a firsttime partnership with the Acton Institute,” Bigard said. “This provided us the opportunity to tap into a new segment of the population in the Grand Rapids community.” The event was streamed on YouTube and Zoom for online attendees. A recording was posted on the Hauenstein Center’s YouTube channel. Next month, the Hauenstein Center will be celebrating Veterans Day in partnership with the Veterans Resource Center and Office of The President by featuring First Sergeant Matt Eversmann who was immortalized in the film “Black Hawk Down”. In December, author and historian H.W. Brands will return to GVSU to present his forthcoming book, “Our First Civil War”.



The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is hosting a Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos celebration wrapping up a series of events honoring Hispanic Heritage Month. This event will take place Oct. 29-Nov. 4. Grand Valley State University students will be able to participate in celebratory activities as well as a community ofrenda (offering). Día de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, particularly in the Central and South regions and by those of Mexican ancestry. This holiday is centered around the gathering of friends and family to remember those who have passed away and guide those individuals on their spiritual journey. One of the key aspects of Día de los Muertos is the ofrenda, an altar that is arranged for deceased loved ones to welcome them back to the living world and enjoy their worldly pleasures. The ofrendas often are decorated with not only pictures of those who have died but are also adorned with the individuals’ favorite foods, drinks, and possessions.

OMA created a community ofrenda for the GVSU community in which anyone is able to participate. People of all cultures are able to participate in the building of the altar. The student program assistant for Latinx initiatives for the OMA and vice president of Latino Student Union Olivia Rodriguez said that Día de los Muertos helps her connect with family and memories, even when she is away from home. “After moving away to college, my parents mailed me a few items from home to build my own ofrenda with my roommates,” Rodriguez said. “During Día de los Muertos, I like to take the time to think about my favorite memories with my loved ones who have passed and remember that they are always with me in my heart.” The celebration extends beyond building the ofrenda, coming from a rich culture of creation, shared experiences and activities. This holiday contains many traditions that are both collective across the culture and are individual to each family. “My favorite aspect of Día de los Muertos is seeing the ofrendas on display in my community because each one is

beautiful, colorful and decorated specifically for peoples’ loved ones, which make each one special and unique,” Rodriguez said. “I also love having pan de Muerto, which is a traditional Day of the Dead pan dulce, dipped in a cup of Abuelita hot chocolate.” In addition to building the ofrenda, the GVSU community can gather to partake in other aspects of Día de los Muertos. The OMA office will serve sweet bread and coffee, customary of the holiday, on the morning of Nov. 1. The celebration of Hispanic heritage extends beyond the month of October through student organizations like the Latino Student Union that holds weekly meetings in Kirkhof Center and the activities that are put on through OMA. “We want to empower students to learn about diversity and multiculturalism,” said OMA assistant director Thalia Guerra-Flores. “With our programming and our Laker Connections programs, we want to serve the students of GVSU. We want students to feel like they can identify with a community.”

ALTER: The Office Multicultural Affairs is hosting a Day of the Dead alter. GVL | ARCHIVES


On Wednesday Oct. 27 CAB is hosting multiple events for students to take part in. The first one being a pumpkin painting event. From 4 to 7 p.m. students can go paint decorative pumpkins for their homes. These will be smaller pumpkins not large ones. This will take place in the Grand River Room in Kirkhof. The event is free to attend. If painting pumpkins isn’t something students are interested in, there will also be an escape room students can take part in. From 4 to 8 p.m. groups of four students can go through the escape room. This one will be safari themed and take place in Kirkhof room 0042. Students can try to beat the clock in order to win and get to safety. From 9 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. there will be a spirit safari scavenger hunt. This will take place on both the Allendale and Pew campuses. Students will be tasked to find treasure. All events are free to attend and students can RSVP via LakerLink.

HELP FUNDRAISE WITH APPLEBEES Hunger and Homelessness is partnering with Applebees to help fundraise for their club. 20% of the total of orders will be donated back to H&H. This will take place on Wednesday Oct. 27 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Applebees on Lake Michigan Dr. There are a minimum of 20 RSVP’s for this event to take place. Those who are able to help out can RSVP on LakerLink. Those who attend need to inform the server that their total will be put towards H&H.

ATTEND THE OPEN ACCESS SYMPOSIUM On Oct. 27 students can attend the open access symposium in partnership with Student Life and the library. This will be a roundtable discussion where students can voice their issues with prices of educational materials. By having this event Student Life is hoping to help lower the costs of these materials that all students need in order to attend school. This event will take place at Mary Idema Pew library room 030 at 1 p.m.

LIP SYNC THE NIGHT AWAY On Thursday Oct. 28 students will be participating in a lip sync event which is being put on by CAB. Sign-ups for this have already been closed but spectators are still welcome to come. This will be taking place in the Fieldhouse from 8 to 11:45 p.m. Those who have signed up can participate as a team or solo. Students who are looking to attend can RSVP on LakerLink.


Students and the middle of the semester slump BY CLÉMENCE DANIERE LAKERLIFE@LANTHORN.COM

According to the American Psychological Association, 87% of Gen Z students in college are experiencing high levels of stress due to their education during the 2020 school year. This psychological stress is eventually bound to turn into academic burnout, which is a phenomenon that affects a high amount of students. This feeling is usually associated with the middle of the semester slump, right around the time when midterm exams occur in most universities and colleges. The Counseling Center at Grand Valley State University has seen year after year how this uptick has impacted students. There is a surge in student outreach from around October until Thanksgiving when students tend to seek help for different factors in their lives. Brian Bossick, the Assistant Director of Career Development Services noted that students’ counseling needs usually fall into some general categories. “You do see an intensification in the symptoms in anxiety,” Bossick said. “Depression, and relationship issues. Along with academic stress, career stress and major just overall stress.” These increases in anxiety and depression are also described as being intertwined with factors such as friendships and families. “(I feel) definitely more stressed around the middle of the semester with midterms and

STUDY STRUGGLES: With the middle of the semester happening many students are facing slumps in their school work and are lacking the motivation to get through their studies. GVL | ARCHIVES

social events that typically occur during this time,” said Cole Hammock, a Junior at GVSU. With regular courses and midterm exams on top of plenty of family activities such as Thanksgiving and the general holiday season coming up, he explained that it was easy to let it all get to be too much at once. The Counseling Center staff has equipped themselves to help students who are dealing with similar issues, as well as plenty of others. Students who are struggling with general stress and are worried about it being a bigger issue are encouraged to partake in the anxiety and depression screening going on at the moment. This will help students differentiate their feelings and explore what kind of stress they themselves are dealing with. “It’s a quick and easy way to get a screening and say, ‘Hey, maybe I do need to talk to someone,’” Bossick said. “If students are wondering,

just jump online and take a self-screener, or even stop by the office.” Although the middle of the semester slump is a very real thing year after year, there are some practices that the counseling center advises students to look into. The main idea is for students to manage their time and if they are taking extra time out of their day to study and focus on school, to ask themselves: “Where is the time taken away from when I need more to study?” Bossick explained that it is common for students to pull an all-nighter at times, but after a few days, or even weeks, this can turn into a spiral with no time leftover to do activities that were previously priorities. “Be mindful of time, and the allocation of certain periods of time,” Bossick said. This is a topic that Rachel McFall, a sophomore at GVSU, can heavily relate to. She ex-


A Gay-ze into LGBTQ History: An Open Door Discussion KAYLA WORTHY LAKERLIFE@LANTHORN.COM

Last year, Grand Valley State University was named the best university in Michigan for LGBTQ students by Campus Pride and BestColleges. The ranking combines BestColleges’ criteria of academic support and affordability data in addition to the Campus Pride Index score, a national rating system that measures LGBTQ-friendly campus life. Campus Pride considers eight LGBTQ+ inclusive factors to reach a measurement: policy inclusion, support and institutional commitment, academic

life, housing and residence life, campus safety, counseling and health, recruitment, and retention. Part of what makes GVSU such a good campus for LGBTQ+ students is the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center. This center advocates for institutional equity, promotes community-building and provides educational opportunities to create an informed, cohesive, and just campus where community members of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender presentations are supported and welcome. The Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center collaborates with campus and

TAKE PART IN THE PEP RALLY With this week being Homecoming on campus, there will be a Homecoming pep rally for this weeks football game. This event is being put on by CAB and will take place in the Kirkhof lobby from 3 to 4 p.m. There will be free food and free items for those who do


community partners to create an inclusive and equitable environment where all are empowered to be their authentic selves. Their advocacy work advances GVSU’s commitment to a campus climate that celebrates and engages people of all gender identities, gender presentations, and sexual orientations. Using an intersectional framework, the Center promotes a more equitable campus, region, and world that values social justice and centers the needs of the most vulnerable people. A few students from the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center hosted a discussion this past Tuesday called “A Gay-ze into LGBTQ History: An Open Discussion.” The presentation was about the history of the queer community, with a focus on the 20th century and the transition into the 21st century. They also focused on the riots, uprisings and demonstrations held by queer folk that aided in the progression of gay rights in America, especially the way intersectionality plays a role in the effort. LOG ON TO:

OPEN CONVERSATIONS: The LGBT Resource Center hosted an open discussion on LGBTQ+ rights and how the current generation has been dealing with queer issues and rights. GVL | ARCHIVES FOR THE FULL ARTICLE




GV ART GALLERY HOLDS CONVERSATION SERIES EVENT The Grand Valley State University Art Gallery held another installment of their “Unpacking the Exhibition” conversation series. The series encompasses a slew of virtual discussions that feature professionals from a variety of backgrounds, attempting to unpack some of the bigger ideas from the gallery’s fall 2021 exhibition, “Honest and Unrefined: Art Outside the Academy.” Taking place on Oct. 22, this event featured the Learning Manager of the gallery, Amanda Rainey, and the Placement Coordinator of the GVSU Recreational Therapy Program, Sarah Bradley. The two women conducted a conversation on art and healing, focusing specifically on the intuitive, and sometimes consoling, nature of the creative process. They explored the motivation of self-taught artists, as well as the way that creativity is used in clinical therapies. The event was free to any who wished to attend, although an RSVP was required.

GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC MUSEUM HOSTS ‘CAROUSEL WEEK’ The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) recently held “Carousel Week” to help fundraise for renovations to the 1928 Spillman Carousel. The carousel has been housed by GRPM in the Cook Carousel Pavilion for the past 25 years. Major renovations to the carousel began in 2017 with help from the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Foundation. Now, the museum needs help (and some extra funding) to finish them. From Oct. 18 through Oct. 24 the museum had carousel trivia games, behind-the-scenes footage of their renovation process, demonstrations (such as how handmade jewels are made for the carousel), virtual meet and greets with GRPM staff for special presentations, and information about how visitors can help.

GV HOLDS PIANO FESTIVAL FOR YOUNG ARTISTS The Grand Valley State University Music, Theatre and Dance Department recently held the 20th/21st Century Piano Festival for elementary, middle and high school students. The concert was held on Oct. 23 in the Louis Armstrong Theatre in the Haas Center for Performing Arts on the Allendale Campus. Performances took place throughout the entirety of the day, with each student playing one piece from the 20th or 21st century. All pieces were required to be no more than six minutes and memorized by the student (an exception could have been made if the student was playing a work that used experimental contemporary techniques). Teachers of participants received an evaluation of the student’s performance by GVSU faculty members. Each participant received a certificate, and those who had participated for three or more years received a trophy.

LAWN VIEW: Spectators gather at Circle Theatre downtown to view live performances via lawn chairs while also being socially distant, both live performers will be able to be seen as well as movie screenings, events like these are weather permitted so attend while available. COURTESY | GR MAGAZINE

Wealthy Theatre brings back spooky screenings


For many, the month of October coming to an end means that Halloween is right around the corner. For the people of Grand Rapids, it also means that it’s time for the annual Halloween movie screenings at Wealthy Theatre. Since 2008, Wealthy Theatre in downtown Grand Rapids has screened a cult classic film on the big screen every Tuesday night. When October rolls around, the movie lineup becomes programmed with the spooky holiday in mind. When the pandemic hit, the theatre’s seats remained empty for over a year. As the theatre finally re-opened, Theatre Director Chris Kotcher said employees came up with fun ways to bring the community back together. “We wanted to find ways to celebrate what is special about the movie theater experience,” Kotcher said. “Especially with it being easier than ever to have a great movie watching experience at home, we wanted to show some films that bring people together and offer something you don’t get in your living room. Hopefully to remind folks why it’s worth leaving your house to come watch a film alongside the energy of an audience. Halloween and horror movies are great for this kind of thing.” This year’s film lineup includes: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Army of Darkness,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” and “The Exorcist.” While theatre staff is excited to screen all of these films, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” screening, in particular, will be a unique experience for those in attendance. During the screening, costumes and cosplay are encouraged. There will also be a special shadow cast performance of live actors doing a parallel performance alongside the film, presented in partnership with Betka-Pope Productions.

HALLOWEEN: Viewers will have ample opportunity to get into the Halloween spirit with the movie screenings Weathy Theatre will be putting on this fall. COURTESY | TWITTER @WEALTHYTHEATRE

“With crowd interactions, prop bags, callbacks, costumes, and shadow cast performers, there is no greater immersive movie theater experience. So our Wealthy Theatre team couldn’t say no to bringing it back for Halloween week,” Kotcher said. He said Wealthy Theatre has previously partnered with Betka-Pope Productions in the past, and it went so well that they wanted to collaborate again for the annual Halloween screenings. Kotcher said that he is most looking forward to hearing the reactions from audiences who

have never seen the films before, or have never experienced them in a movie theatre. “There’s a great energy with the crowds who are coming out this year,” Kotcher said. “I think people are more grateful, present, and excited to have some of these experiences return. I think the performers feel the same way.” Wealthy Theatre is also part of a non-profit called the Grand Rapids Community Media Center. LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE



QUICK HITS GV FOOTBALL TAKES A CLOSE 2824 WIN AT NORTHERN MICHIGAN The Grand Valley State University (6-1) football team traveled to Marquette, MI on Saturday, Oct. 23 to play the Northern Michigan University (3-5) Wildcats for their third away game this season. The Wildcats started the game with a 16-yard field goal halfway through the first quarter until senior cornerback Allante Leapheart forced a fumble that junior deep back Antonio Strong grabbed to regain possession, allowing senior running back Bruce Young-Walls his first of two rushing touchdowns of the game on a nine play, 94-yard drive. This ended the first quarter with a 7-3 lead for the Lakers. In the second quarter, NMU scored another three points with a 22-yard field goal, making the score 7-6 until Young-Walls was able to score another touchdown on a one yard run. At the last second of the first half, NMU was able to score a touchdown with a two yard pass, leaving the game 14-13 at halftime. In the third quarter, junior wide receiver Jacob Miller caught a 23-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Cade Peterson for an eight point lead for the Lakers. In the fourth quarter of the game, NMU would score another three points on a 44-yard field goal, bringing the score to 21-16 for just a few minutes before redshirt freshman wide receiver Jaylon Tillman caught a 37-yard pass from Peterson for the Lakers’ final touchdown of the game. NMU returned the favor with a 5-yard pass and touchdown with 1:15 left in the game, bringing the score to 28-24. The Lakers’ Homecoming game is on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Lubbers Stadium for their second matchup against Michigan Tech University, whom they beat 44-21 earlier in the season.


GV volleyball duo dominates annual ‘Dig Pink’ match


After a dominating weekend for the Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team (13-7) in Indiana two weeks ago, the team returned home this past Friday, Oct. 22 to resume GLIAC action against Lake Superior State University (2-17). The match was the annual “Dig Pink” game, where GVSU wears their pink jerseys in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “We almost all have people that we are playing for,” said junior outside hitter Abby Graham. “It just kind of adds something special to the game and we really realize that we are playing for a bigger picture than just volleyball.” GVSU came into the match looking to expand on a three-match winning streak, while LSSU was looking to snap a three-match losing streak of their own. Graham and her fellow junior outside hitter Ali Thompson helped lead GVSU in a close first set, which came down to the very end. With the score at 23-21 in favor of GVSU, LSSU scored on consecutive plays to tie the set at 23-23. GVSU coach, Jason Johnson, elected to not take a timeout despite the momentum swinging in the opposite direction. “There have been multiple times this year that I’ve been in that situation, and to be hon-


AWARENESS: GVSU’s volleyball team bands together in their annual ‘Dig Pink’ match to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and won their sets due to their duo on court. GVL | RACHEL SLOMBA

est, I really like our kids figuring it out on their own,” Johnson said. It was a decision that worked out for Johnson; on the following play Thompson had a kill that gave GVSU a 24-23 advantage. With the potential to close out the set, the junior duo finished it out strong for GVSU, as Graham had a dig that led to a Thompson kill that was assisted by sophomore setter Rachel Jacquay to win the first set of the match. “I know if I get a good up that she’ll (Thompson) put it away and I know that my teammates will do their jobs too,” Graham said. “It’s just

doing our own jobs and focusing on putting the game away.” With the score at 6-4 in the following set, Thompson had a pair of back-to-back blocks which gave GVSU momentum early in the second set. GVSU used that momentum to get out to a commanding 20-11 lead and finished the set on a 5-1 run to defeat LSSU 25-14 and give themselves a 2-0 advantage in the match. LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE


GV swim and dive secures their first conference win of the season

The Great Lakes Colligate Hockey League named junior center Evan Chomchai and junior wing Shane Haggerty last week’s Players of the Week for their performances against Davenport University on Oct. 17. The two veteran players were able to score a few goals for the Lakers, but they ultimately fell to the Panthers 5-9. In the first period of the game, DU was able to put two goals past the Laker’s goalie, but GVSU would come back in the second period of the game with an impressive four goals to take the lead 4-3 going into the third. Junior defender Tyler Hoffman scored the first goal, followed by Chomchai, then junior wing Zach Borchardt, and then another from Chomchai in the last few moments of the second period. The third period concluded with one Laker goal by Haggerty and another six goals from the Panthers, ending in a four-point deficit for the Lakers. Both Chomchai and Haggerty contributed two assists in the game, allowing for their exceptional performances out on the ice to grant them the GLCHL Player of the Week honors. The Lakers will take on Calvin University in back-to-back games this week on Oct. 29-30 with the Friday game taking place on home ice at Griff’s Georgetown at 8:00 p. m.


DIVE IN: GVSU’s men’s and women’s teams beat SVSU at their recent meet. GVL | TYLER MORRIS

The Grand Valley State University men’s and women’s swim and dive teams defeated Saginaw Valley State University at home on Friday, Oct. 22 in their first conference meet of the 2021-22 season. On the men’s side, the Lakers won 12 of the 13 events on the way to their 188 to 55 victory, while the women won 10 of the 13 events to leave with a score of 159 to 84. This dominating performance was a team effort on both sides as a plethora of Lakers won events. For the men, senior swimmer Oscar Saura-Armengol led the pack as he won the men’s 50-yard freestyle, 200-yard butterfly, and contributed to the 400-yard medley relay team that took first. The other three legs of this relay team were senior Keegan Hawkins, sophomore Eric Hieber, and freshman Aaron Dies. The highlight of the meet

came in Saura-Armengol’s 200-yard butterfly swim as he set the pool record with a time of 1:48.45. “It’s a pool record that I’ve been trying to get since my freshman year,” Saura-Armengol said. “Getting it in my fifth year is a relief honestly because I really wanted it.” On the men’s team, their impressive victory also included individual with wins from freshmen Jon Kantzenbach in the 1000-yard freestyle, Hieber in the 200yard freestyle, Hawkins in the 200-yard IM and 200-yard breaststroke, freshmen Austin Millard in the 100-yard freestyle, junior Roger Miret Sala in the 200-yard backstroke, and sophomore George Peuhl in the one and three-meter dive.




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