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A2 | NEWS NEWS BRIEFS MANTELLA OUTLINES GV’S FUTURE

The Nov. 1 Board of Trustees meeting saw announcements from Grand Valley State University President Philomena Mantella after analyzing feedback from the Grand Huddle meetings. After both in-person discussions and over 2,200 online comments, Mantella introduced focus areas for the university moving forward. Mantella said the Grand Huddles revealed an emphasis on diversity, lifelong student support, high-tech learning opportunities and new partnerships and funding. “It has been incredibly gratifying to see the engagement of our campus community and the willingness to work together in new ways to create our Grand Future,” Mantella said.  After opening up the discussion to faculty and staff in attendance, professors spoke out about opportunities for new degrees in computer and informational systems, diversity in the student body, flexibility in curriculum and the possibility of opening up the president’s cabinet to faculty. The suggestions emphasized connection within the university and broader opportunities for students.

LUBBERS ADDRESSES CLASS OF 1969

President Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers spoke Oct. 25 at the reunion of Grand Valley State University’s Class of 1969, the same year that Lubbers began his 32 years as president. Held during Homecoming week, the reunion gave Lubbers a platform to discuss the impact that alumni have on GVSU’s current state. “Over the years, the alumni relationship to the university increases in its capacity to influence the direction of the university,” Lubbers said, citing donations that made the Jamie Hosford Football Center a possibility. Lubbers also noted that half of the Board of Trustees members are GVSU graduates. Lubbers said that challenges in K-12 education impact higher education, such as a lack of high school students in Michigan, and that GVSU’s focus on K-12 schools allows the university to improve. “Our task as citizens is to press for improvement in K-12 education and insist that our universities help in that process, as well as educate students, both traditional and non-traditional,” Lubbers said.

GV TO HOST ANNUAL TEACH-IN

For its seventh consecutive year, GVSU will hold two days of TeachIn sessions on both Allendale and Pew campuses. The theme is “Power, Privilege and Difficult Dialogues” and will feature panel discussions, presentations and workshops. Both students and faculty will present on topics including gender, LGBTQ identities and race, with focuses on privilege, inequality and identity. The Nov. 6 session will be held in the L. William Seidman Center on Pew Campus from noon-9 p.m. The Nov 7 session will be held in Kirkhof Center on Allendale Campus from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. A full schedule of presentations can be found at gvsu.edu/teach-in.

ENVIRONMENT

Big decision looms with Grand River Waterway Project Proposal funding BY SEAN CAUVET SCAUVET@LANTHORN.COM

On Nov. 8, Grand Valley State University officials will face with a big decision: to either support or oppose the Grand River Waterway Project. The project was proposed by West Michigan developer Dan Hibma nearly a decade ago. The project entails dredging a 22.5-mile long channel of the lower Grand River from Grand Haven to Grand Rapids. Since it was proposed, many counties and even GVSU’s Student Senate has spoken out against it. However, GVSU has not yet taken an official position on the proposal. “In 2018, during a lame duck session, the Michigan Legislature appropriated $3.15 million for this project,” said Student Senate President Eric-John Szczepaniak. “This funding was tentative, based on the results of the still unreleased environmental impact report to be done by the State. However, as many communities have stated before us, the question will not be whether this is good or bad for the environment. It will be a question of just how bad for the environment.” GVSU Rowing Coach Dan Martin has mixed thoughts on the proposal. He says there are many different aspects to consider with such a big project. “The project on its face sounds like a decent idea: let’s dredge out a channel so we can actually have some boat traffic, especially with larger boats,” Martin said. “On the other hand, that would disrupt our practice space. We could still practice there but things would be more difficult for us with so much more boat traffic.” Martin said the logistics of the project are a big hurdle in the course for him. “There’s no lodging facilities, there’s no marinas, there are no places to actually put those

GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM: Grand Valley’s Rowing Club could face problems with their practice space if the River Waterway Project goes through, said coach Dan Martin. GVL | CALEB WORPEL

larger boats,” Martin said. “That’s not even taking into account the environmental factors of the project.” In a letter sent to the Lanthorn, GVSU biology professor Eric Snyder voiced many concerns about the feasibility and impact of the project. “Rivers are dynamic, disturbance-driven ecosystems that routinely flood, shift course and patently don’t stay where we would like them to stay,” Snyder wrote. “This disturbance process is not only natural, but maintains biological diversity and ecosystem services. Any attempt to dredge a channel in the river system becomes an epic, Sisyphean attempt that never ends.” Snyder also cited a few more concerns about the project, including the impact on the wildlife that already lives in the river. “As a scientist trained in stream and river

ecology, I can unequivocally state that dredging such a large portion of a river is going to have significant negative impacts on fish and wildlife, and the ecosystem services that intact, healthy rivers provide,” Snyder said. Dan Hibma has been listening to concerns about the project for many years but maintains his position on it. “I’m only interested in doing what’s good for the region,” said Hibma to reporter Jim Malewitz from Bridge, a website that did a story on the Grand River Waterway Project. Hibma said that he and his colleague, former Rep. of West Olive, Arlan Meekhof are “still in the fact-finding stage” to see if it will negatively impact the environment before they move forward. “On Nov. 8 the Executive Committee of the Senate (faculty governance) will consider supporting our resolution which encourages GVSU to take a formal position against the Grand River Waterway Proposal,” Szczepaniak said. Szczepaniak said Student Senate sent their resolution to several different local governments to encourage them to take a position on the project as well. “Allendale Charter Township Supervisor Adam Elenbaas informed me that their board will be hearing about this proposal on Nov. 25 from differing perspectives and may take a position at a future meeting,” Szczepaniak said. As Student Senate moves forward with the process, they will look for some help to achieve their goal. “Our next steps will be to discuss this with the Executive Committee of the Senate (ECS) and the University Academic Senate (ACS),” Szczepaniak said. “We hope that they will join us and delegate some of their members to work with Student Senate and the Provost to develop a recommendation to make this an official position of Grand Valley State University.” Although the Grand River Waterway Project has been in the works for many years, the next few weeks and how GVSU sides could affect the Grand River for many years to come.


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CONTENTS ENVIRONMENT

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EDITORIAL

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LEADERSHIP

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EDUCATION

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EVENT

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FOOTBALL

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BASKETBALL

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SWIMMING & DIVING

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A3 | NEWS HEALTH

MDHHS, Kent County campaign educate about the dangers of lead hazards BY OLIVIA FELLOWS OFELLOWS@LANTHORN.COM

Many in Michigan are no stranger to the risks of lead exposure, especially its effect on children. Elevated lead levels in the blood can cause problems with the brain, kidneys and bone marrow. Symptoms of high lead levels can include stomach pain, headaches, vomiting, confusion, muscle weakness, seizures, hair loss or low red blood cell count. These risks are especially dangerous in toddlers and young children. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ (MDHHS) latest grant initiative aims to raise awareness and help communities clean up potential and existing lead hazards. MDHHS gave out more than $6.5 million in grants to expand residential lead hazard control services to eligible households with a Medicaid-enrolled resident. The grant money was awarded to six different communities in the greater West Michigan area including Detroit, Grand Rapids and Battle Creek. The grant initiative had several overarching goals for community recipients, including lead inspection, risk assessment and elevated blood lead investigation to determine the presence of lead hazards in an area, followed by permanent removal, enclosure of lead-based paint and lead dust hazards for eligible residencies, and remov-

CAREFUL THERE, KIDDO: The MDHHS warns parents that exposure to lead can lead to dangerous consequences for the health of their toddlers and children. COURTESY | DON’T PLAY AROUND

al or covering of soil lead hazards up to eligible residence property lines. The initiative also aims to help with outdated plumbing removals, temporary relocation of residents during lead reduction processes and building local capacity to safely and effectively reduce lead hazards in communities. Managing Communications Director for the City of Grand Rapids Amy

Snow-Buckner said that raising awareness for lead poisoning and working on solutions for afflicted communities in Michigan is important in maintaining informed and healthy communities. LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

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What “weed” like to know: GV holds marijuana panel BY MACKENZIE KELLER NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

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TO BE BLUNT: GVSU laid out the law surrounding cannabis use at a Nov. 1 “Legalizing Marijuana” event. GVL | MARC GREEN

To the joy of many Michiganders, marijuana has become legal in the state of Michigan. Since then, there has been concern that the public is insufficiently educated on the specifics of the law as well as the potential risks of marijuana use. On Nov. 1 Grand Valley State University hosted a convention with a panel of knowledgeable authorities to discuss plans for adapting to this newly legal drug. The event, called Legalizing Marijuana: Implications in Health Care, was held in the Loosemore Auditorium on GVSU’s Pew Campus. Executive Director of the Marijuana Regulatory Agency Andrew Brisbo kicked off the event with a presentation that covered commercial applications, medical marijuana cards and safety. Michigan has begun accepting applications for commercial facilities in the marijuana industry. So far, 1,106 applications have been

submitted. One hundred and seventy five provisioning centers, 143 growers, 19 processors, 12 transporters and six labs make a total of 355 approved licenses. Michigan has the second highest number of medical marijuana cards, behind only California. Unlike many people predicted, the number of card users in Michigan dropped after marijuana became legal, going from 290,000 card holders in 2018 to 277,000 in 2019. In order to achieve a medical marijuana card, a person must have a qualified and ongoing condition. If a condition isn’t on the list of conditions that qualify, people are allowed to petition for it to be added. So far, 13 conditions have been added, including PTSD and autism. However, the registry card program is not a regulatory program. LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE


A4 | OPINION

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HBO cancels the wrong prequel; now no one will watch (or should)

BY DYLAN GROSSER JUNIOR MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM EDITORIAL@LANTHORN.COM

Oh, Game of Thrones. Where did it all go wrong? As someone who has rewatched the series dozens of times and read every word of the books, I’d say HBO made the mistake of thinking David Benioff and D.B. Weiss could adapt George R.R. Martin’s fantasy epic in the first place. Despite starting extremely strong,

the writing quality of the series suffered as the writers moved away from the source material — naturally resulting in an ending that is nonsensical and infuriating for fans who have been following the story for years. But HBO had the opportunity to start anew with a prequel series written none other by both Martin himself and the immensely talented Jane Goldman (known for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Kick-Ass, Kingsman series, etc.). The show would have been completely original (no written source material) and had the potential of ushering in a new era of Game of Thrones content accessible for all. Then, it got cancelled. Instead, we will get “House of the Dragon” in 2021, that will tell the backstory of House Targaryen and be completely meaningless to audiences who have not watched all 73 episodes of the original series (63.5 hours total). It’s unapproachable for those who

aren’t already fans, the story has plenty of source material (an entire volume titled “Fire and Blood,” with another rumored to be on the way) so nothing in the series will be new to followers of the story, and it suffers from a seemingly confused premise. Because the backstory of the house involves hundreds of years of history, it’s not clear how the writers will be able to develop and flesh out the many characters involved while faithfully telling the story. And despite the writers this time around having a clear idea of how the story will end, it leaves little room for the traditional Game of Thrones twists and turns to be incorporated. So why is this being made? Dragons. I can almost guarantee the CGI mainstay of the original series is the only reason this prequel was given the green light. LOG ON TO:

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How to bounce back: As told by the fastest girls in town

BY EMILY EATON JUNIOR POLITICAL SCIENCE EDITORIAL@LANTHORN.COM

In college, everything moves extremely fast — the brisk wind borderline pummeling you on campus, your professor’s overly complicated lecture slides, and even time moves too fast

when you’re about two minutes away from a midnight paper deadline. But there is nothing, absolutely nothing in college, that moves faster than a girl after she comes to the ultimate conclusion to forget her last man, usually by means of a new one. Once she’s truly decided it’s over, come back season is officially canceled. Right after she has cycled through the five stages of grief (which usually only takes me, on average, a day) and has finally hit the last, most beautiful stage known as acceptance, not even Big Sean could bounce back. By the time you start playing that song, we’re on to something (or someone) new. This method of moving on is completely different than in high school, where you obsessively

crushed over the same dude for years — the one who literally refused to use folders and just shoved his loose papers deep into the abyss that was actually supposed to be his backpack. That group of men we went to school with our whole lives were all we had to work with up until graduation. Luckily for us, that’s not the situation here at GVSU. Behind every man, good or bad, there just happens to be another one. In college, instead of focusing on the five stages of grief and healing after heartbreak, a different theory may be more appropriate. Maybe in college, the best way to get over a man really is to get under a new one. According to my research, it works way quicker. LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

ith her first year as Grand Valley State University’s president, all eyes are on Philomena Mantella and how she will prove her value and dedication to the Laker community. One way that Mantella has stepped up to show her commitment to serving the student body is with the Grand Huddles, a series of 16 meetings where students sign up to express comments and suggestions about the university directly to Mantella. Over 600 students, faculty and staff will attend these sessions in total. In addition, an estimated 2,200 comments have been gathered through online surveys and on-campus polling stations. Between the time spent by Mantella herself at the in-person sessions, and the time spent by the Office of the President recording and organizing the additional comments, it is clear that Mantella has come ready to listen. This level of communication between the students and president is rare, especially at a university of this size, and should be praised. That being said, there is room for skepticism. The open conversations between president and students look good, and of course the university knows that. There is always a risk that what seems almost too good to be true is little more than a coordinated PR stunt. Right now, we are still in the early stages and it is too soon

to make a judgement. We don’t yet know how this discussion will translate into action. We don’t yet know if this new president initiative will continue into an honest, responsive stream of communication from the powers that be. We aren’t saying that we should dismiss these sessions, even if it can be easy to fall into a coma-like-state of cynicism and bitterness. We should take advantage of this opportunity to bring issues and suggestions to light, and we should take pride in the current relationship with GVSU’s president. But it would be naive to applaud Mantella too much before seeing where this project goes. Students, don’t just look for words, but look for action. Pay attention to how the university responds to all of this gathered information from students. At the same time, don’t just talk, but seek ways to act and take initiative in the community yourself. President Mantella, we hold you to this high standard because of the precedent set by the leaders before you. Notes on your vision for growing learning opportunities, expanding technology and accommodating a range of educational styles for students is reassuring and optimistic, so we expect you to continue to raise the bar. Listening is a promising first step, and we anxiously await your plans for action.

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A5 | NEWS

LEADERSHIP

Mayor Bliss speaks at GV lecture series BY AUDREY WHITAKER AWHITAKER@LANTHORN.COM

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss made history in 2016 when she became the first female mayor of Grand Rapids, as well as the youngest mayor in over 130 years. To name just a few of her many accomplishments, she has over 20 years of experience in the fields of domestic violence and child welfare, and began her work in politics in 2005 serving as a Second Ward City Commissioner for 10 years. This year, Bliss was named the third Frederik Meijer Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and is currently teaching HNR 312, a junior seminar on leadership and problem solving, according to the Frederik Meijer Honors College.   On Oct. 30, Bliss spoke to a packed room of students and faculty as part of the Frederik Meijer Lecture series.  Her conversation with political science professor Karen Zivi focused on her path to becoming mayor and the challenges she faced along the way. The conversation was followed by a question and answer session where members of the audience were able to ask Bliss their own questions. Bliss said she never expected to become involved in politics, but was en-

couraged by friends and saw the impact decisions had on children and families in the city. When speaking about the challenges she faced as the only woman on the city commission at the beginning of her career in politics, she offered insight to the audience about dealing with unfair criticism and difficult situations. “The first year was an interesting journey,” Bliss said. “I wasn’t even sure if I would run again.” In order to get up to speed for her job, Bliss took the time to visit places around the city her decisions would impact, such as the wastewater treatment plant, water pumping station and fire stations.   “If you’ve given it your best and taken the time to prepare, you’ll feel more confident,” Bliss said.  Marissa Gonzales, who attended the event as a requirement for her freshman honors college sequence, said she learned a lot about Grand Rapids and was impressed by Bliss’ experience in government. “I really like our mayor, I knew nothing about her other than the short biography that we were given before going,” Gonzales said. “I’m not one for politics, but the way she described it was different than what I thought being mayor would be.” 

FOR THE PEOPLE: Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss stressed the responsibility of those governing to listen to constituents in her talk for the Frederick Meijer Lecture series. GVL | MEGHAN LANDGREN

Gonzalez said she was surprised and impressed by the issues Bliss has taken on during her time as mayor, such as sexual abuse, racial disparity, health and sustainability. Bliss said seeing the results of projects she took part in is one of the most rewarding parts of her job, despite the many

challenges. She also thinks it’s important that people are able to speak their mind to her, even when they disagree, and values relationships with her constituents.   “People have a right to be heard by the people in our seats,” Bliss said. “That goes back to building people’s faith in the government.”

ADMINISTRATION

Board of Trustees Recap: Public comment update, renovation approvals BY NICK MORAN EDITORIAL@LANTHORN.COM

During the Board of Trustees’ quarterly meeting Nov. 1, members took action on concerns regarding public comment policies. The board followed President Philomena Mantella’s recommendation to reduce requests for comment from five days prior to meetings to two days. Additionally, the policy removed the requirement for the president or board chair’s approval for each speaker.

This decision follows Student Senate’s call for the Board of Trustees to eliminate any waiting period for public comment, challenging the previous policy. The Board of Trustees also voted to approve the expansion and remodeling of the Simulation Center, which is housed within the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. Set to be completed August 2021 with a budget of $5.5 million, the project aims to support increased demand for programs that use simulation technologies. The $5.5 million will come out of the Cam-

pus Development Fund. The approved proposal also selected Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. to do the required engineering and architectural work on the project. Renovations will also be coming to Mackinac and Manitou Halls, as the Board of Trustees approved Integrated Design Solutions to enact $4.3 million in renovations, with the funds also coming from the Campus Development Fund. The Board also approved additional contracts as needed to complete the project. The renovations are set to be complete August 2020. Included in proposed updates is a

ROLL OUT RENOVATIONS: Mackinac and Maintou Halls will see updates thanks to the Board’s approved funding. COURTESY | VALERIE WOJCIECHOWSKI

revamp to three air handling units, which all exceeded their service life. Changes to three classrooms will also be made. Looking toward to administrative reports, Vice President for Enrollment Development Lynn Blue shared a report that highlighted winter term enrollment information, which indicated that between Winter 2018 and Winter 2019, enrollment dipped 1.7 percent. Looking at data from 2017-2019, the GVSU population gender skew also grew, from a 40.3 percent male and 59.7 percent female demographic to 39.1 percent male and 60.7 percent female. The report also compared financial aid from the 2018-2019 expenditures and the 2019-2020 approved budget. Between the two, the percentage of students who received any form of financial aid increased from 90 percent to 91 percent. Regarding administrative affairs, Vice President for University Relations Matt McLogan was voted secretary to the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees also approved new directors to the Grand Valley Foundation. Guillermo Cisneros, Michael Goorhouse and David Hooker were appointed as directors and Peter Secchia was named to the foundation’s advisory cabinet. The Board of Trustees will meet again Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. For full meetings and minutes, visit gvsu.edu/boardoftrustees.


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Education Em

GV’s involvement with Mic BY AMY MCNEEL & SARAH EDGECOMB ASSOCIATE@LANTHORN.COM

Recently, Michigan has faced many challenges in K-12 education, such as teacher shortages and dwindling budgets. Teacher-to-student ratios have swelled, resulting in less individualized education. While public education has progressively become more generic, the charter schools advised by Grand Valley State University remain focused on individual growth.  GVSU adopted an emphasis on K-12 education  under the leadership of former President Arend “Don” Lubbers, who came to the then-college in 1969. Since then, the university’s focus on K-12 education has not only increased, but flourished.  Today, GVSU authorizes 78 charter schools throughout the state, making it the largest authorizing body in Michigan. While the main goal of these schools is to provide students and their families with different education options, there are many opposing thoughts and misconceptions surrounding charter schools. GVSU’s role as an authorizing body allows these schools to provide a community for future Lakers to connect with students of similar backgrounds.  “Charter schools are actual public schools,” said Michael Cousins, Charter Schools Office Manager of Communications. “That’s one of the biggest misconceptions that’s out there — that charter schools are not public. That’s not true. They have to take any student that comes to them.”  Unless there are more applicants than available spots, charters can’t turn students away. When this happens, names are randomly picked during a public meeting through a lottery-system. The names that are not selected are added to a waiting list.  While charter schools are public, they do differ from traditional public schools. There are different rules for forming school boards, funding schools and in the flexibility of school curricula. In traditional public schools, the board is elected. However, Cousins said that the process is very different for charters. The existing school board is responsible for finding a potential candidate and sending that recommended candidate to the authorizing institution — in this case, GVSU. The authorizer

then runs background checks and has to approve of the candidate. “Once Grand Valley approves, they take their names to the Board of Trustees, and if the Board of Trustees approves of all of the board members, then once they’re done with that meeting, then that board member is sworn in, starts with their training and then is added to the board,” Cousins said.  Charter schools also face different funding challenges than public schools. While charter schools receive the same per-pupil funding that traditional public schools do, some self-managed schools rely on the board, parents and staff to raise the funding. Cousins said that the parent involvement greatly differentiates charter schools from traditional institutions.  The curriculum that charter schools adopt varies from school to school. While each school must achieve state standards and administer tests like MSTEP and SAT, charter schools have flexibility in the curriculum. Some schools have focuses on art and design or math and science. Cousins cited the Flint Cultural Center Academy as one of these schools, since the curriculum allows students to learn in art institutes and museums instead of being restricted to classrooms. While GVSU supported charters throughout its earliest years of operation, becoming a leading authorizer of charter schools has not come without controversy. Historically, charter schools have been criticized for taking money away from traditional public schools and challenging the status quo of traditional learning.  In an interview with with GVSU’s Charter School Office, Lubbers said that the university’s support of charter schools resulted in some local school districts threatening to not take GVSU’s student teachers.  With this in mind, Lubbers had to work proactively with the nearby traditional public schools.   “I would meet with the superintendents of the districts around us, where we chartered schools, and even where we didn’t, and invite them to a luncheon,” Lubbers said. “We’d talk about these issues, what their problems were and how the charter schools were affecting them. I made a deal — not a signed contract — but I made a deal… we will not charter more than one kind of school — that is high school, middle school, elementary school — we will

ENVIRONMENT: GVSU’s Excel Charter Academy in Grand Rapids features bright colors and soft lighting to create a welcoming environment for students to learn and connect. GVL | AMY MCNEEL

not charter more than one in your district.” GVSU’s first charter school, Excel Charter Academy, opened in 1995 under Lubbers’ direction. This K-8 school is still in operation. While GVSU faced some backlash from the decision, Lubbers said he believes traditional public education needed some competition in order to see continued improvement. Grand River Preparatory High School Principal Koree Woodward spoke about the school’s efforts to better prepare students for college and provide equal opportunities for each student. Their curriculum requires two AP courses in order to graduate as well as a senior shadowing day that allows students to explore different careers. Woodward said that while other schools limit AP classes to students based on good grades, Grand River accepts every student and works to make AP classes achievable regardless of previous education. She elaborated that since 70 percent of the school’s population is nonwhite, the privilege gap may be larger, and making AP classes acces-

sible allows the school to combat inequality in education. With an emphasis on college preparation, charter schools often work to ease the transition out of high school. Manager of Charter Through College Programs Barry Hall said these programs, called Pathway Programs, are important because they expose students to a college environment and help them create a sense of belonging. “They come in middle school for campus visits, and they also come in high school for campus visits and our college prep week,” Hall said. “But then once they get here, we have an alumni program that we have put in place where we house monthly workshops and activities to help students get through college.” Despite the national backlash surrounding charter education, GVSU’s charter schools continue to offer inclusive, quality education to students throughout Michigan. With an emphasis on personal and community development, GVSU’s charter schools help students focus on their education and build a network of those who share similar backgrounds.


A6&7 | NEWS

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LET IT SNOW: Students at the Excel Charter Academy wrapped themselves up in coats and hats Wednesday, Oct. 30 for recess in this year’s first light snow. Excel Charter Academy was GVSU’s first charter school, and still operates as a K-8 with a focus on community involvement. There are many opportunities throughout the year for community members to volunteer at the school. GVL | SARAH EDGECOMB


A8 | LAKER LIFE

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EVENT

GV partners with Big Data Ignite to educate with “FOIAFest” BY KATHERINE ARNOLD LAKERLIFE@LANTHORN.COM

The School of Communications (SOC) multimedia journalism major is collaborating with GVSU Big Data Month and the Making Waves Initiative to present the second annual FOIAFest. On Nov. 5, students will be able to gather at the DeVos Place to participate in an event seeking to educate students on how to use the Freedom of Information Act and why it’s so vital to our democracy. In 2018, Grand Valley State University had its first FOIAFest after Professor Jeff Kelly Lowenstein and student Allison Donahue were inspired by a Freedom of Information Act Festival in Chicago, an event where the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was broken down and discussed. At GVSU’s first FOIAFest, students learned not only how to submit a FOIA request, but why the act is such an important way for the general public to ask governments and organizations to supply public information. For this year’s event, there will be even more speakers and space for a larger number of students and faculty to attend. “During this era of misinformation, it’s more important than ever for all people to know about their rights to public information and how to get it.” said Brooke Thompson, an ac-

CONVERSATION WITH ALCATRAZ WARRIORS

Most students have probably already heard about modern movements led by Native American activists, like those at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation who protested the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) being built across their land without concern for their consent or safety. These movements aren’t just modern developments, however, as Grand Valley State University is encouraging students to discover at the upcoming event “A Conversation with Two Alcatraz Warriors 50 Years Later.” Join activists LaNada War Jack and Lenny Foster on Monday, Nov. 4 as they discuss the occupation of Alcatraz in 1969 and 1970, the 1972 Trail of Broken Treaties Caravan and the Bureau of Indian Affairs takeover in Washington, D.C. The live interview will take place from 4-5 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center’s Grand River Room.

FALL ARTS WITH JILL LEPORE

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER: Students listen to a visiting speaker during a workshop at last year’s event in Chicago, the parent celebration to GVSU’s very own FOIAFest. COURTESY | JARED WEKENMAN

count executive of GrandPR, which is in charge of generating awareness about FOIAFest. Compared to last year’s event, which lasted three hours, this event will run all day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. so that as many students as possible will be able to attend. FOIAFest is hosted by the Big Data Ignite, a conference dedicated to “fostering local and regional expertise in advanced computing technologies and practices.”

The event is a great opportunity for students interested in talking and networking with professionals involved with Big Data and top journalists. Outside of socializing, there will also be food, ping pong, Foosball, air hockey and robots. LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

POLITICS

Voter Registration Drives encourage civic engagement AUTUMN BABAS LAKERLIFE@LANTHORN.COM

The Community Service Learning Center is actively giving students at Grand Valley State University a chance to let their voices be heard and shed light on important political topics. Through their Campus Elections Engagement Project, they will be holding Voter Registration Drives every Wednesday for the rest of the semester. These drives encourage students to get out and make the change they want to see in the world around them.   This year’s Voter Registration Drives are held with the assistance of Sam Jacobs, Student Senator and Campus Democracy Fellow. They will be taking place 12-2 p.m. on GVSU’s Pew Campus in Devos Center C, at the table near Erberts and Gerberts.  “We have done a lot of work in Allendale over the past couple years to make sure students have access to register to vote,” said Melissa Baker-Boosamra, Associate Director of Student Life of Civic Engagement. “We haven’t had the capacity to really dive

A LOOK AT LIFESTYLE

DEMOCRACY NOW: Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson joined the CSLC for a Voter Registration Drive Sept. 24. GVL | MEGAN LANDGREN

into downtown, so Sam has made it his project for this month and semester to focus on voter registration efforts downtown.” The Community Service Learning

Center as well as the Campus Elections Engagement Project put emphasis on the importance of students not just going out and voting, but using the resources necessary to be informed voters before they make their decision. “Registering to vote is a great first step in becoming an active part of the voting process,” said Jane Johnston, Civic Engagement Associate and Campus Vote Project Democracy Fellow. “Students should also be taking the time to research candidates, go to town hall forums or email their representatives.” Any student can register to vote, even if they miss the Voter Registration Drives. All they need to do is go to the Community Service Learning Center at Room  1110 in the Kirkhof Center. The CSLC will provide students with all the necessary materials such as stamps and envelopes, as well as help them find where they need to mail it to.  LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

Grand Valley’s annual Fall Arts Celebration is intended to share works of creativity with the university community and its surrounding locales, so it might seem a little odd to some that its event lineup, which features art shows, poetry readings and musical performances, would include a lecture from a Harvard historian. But Professor Jill Lepore — a regular writer for The New York Times, author of the award-winning “Secret History of Wonder Woman,” and specialist in interdisciplinary American studies — is not your average Harvard historian. Her LIB 100/201 approved lecture, “American History from Beginning to End,” will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5 in the Eberhard Center on GVSU’s Pew Campus. Lepore’s talk will be preceded by a 5 p.m. reception with free appetizers and refreshments before the event begins in earnest at at 6 p.m. (book signing to follow).

HELP TRANS STUDENTS “WEAR THE RAINBOW”

One rarely discussed obstacle that every trans person faces when transitioning is acquiring an entirely new wardrobe that actually represents one’s gender identity. Add the costs of college to the mix and what was already expensive can become potentially overwhelming. That’s why the LGBT Center is hosting “Wear the Rainbow,” a free pop-up clothing shop intended to provide the trans and non-binary community with access to clothing items regardless of their financial resources. If you have clothes or accessories you find yourself no longer wearing, consider donating them to this cause through the “Wear the Rainbow” boxes spread across campus or by bringing them in to the LGBT center itself. The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 9 from 1-4 p.m. in the Loosemore Auditorium of the DeVos Center on GVSU’s Pew Campus. In addition to the clothing, participants are invited to attend free workshops throughout the afternoon.


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GVSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PICKED TO WIN GLIAC SOUTH, CENTER CASSIDY BOENSCH NAMED PRESEASON GLIAC POY

BY KELLEN VOSS SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

The Grand Valley State women’s basketball team was picked to win the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South division by conference coaches, per a league release this past Thursday. Senior center Cassidy Boensch was named GLIAC Preseason Player of the Year and senior guard Jenn DeBoer was selected to the GLIAC South Division Preseason All-Conference Team. Boensch, an Au Gres, Michigan, native, averaged a double-double with 19.4 points per game, 11.6 rebounds per game and also added 3.09 blocks per game to anchor the front court.

GVSU MEN’S BASKETBALL PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN GLIAC SOUTH

The Grand Valley State men’s basketball team has been selected third in the GLIAC South Division in the conference preseason coaches’ poll. Davenport and Ashland were picked to finish ahead of them. Junior Jake Van Tubbergen was selected to the preseason all-conference team, one of just ten players across the league to earn the preseason honors. Van Tubbergen averaged 14.0 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game last season.

GVSU Football rolls over William Jewell, 63-10 After a sloppy opening drive with a few penalties by the Grand Valley State defense, William Jewell kicked a 47-yard field goal to give the William Jewell College Cardinals an early 3-0 lead. GVSU went on to score the next 56 points, dominating the Cardinals on both sides of the ball. After that initial William Jewell drive, the Lakers ultimately won, 6310, to improve to 8-1 on the year. “Defensively, the first drive was sloppy,” said GVSU coach Matt Mitchell. “We had a couple of penalties, but after that we settled and were really dominant from there on out.” Dominance was the perfect way to describe it, as in that first half, the Lakers held the Cardinals to 42 total yards of offense, including only four rushing yards. Their solid performance spurred from constant pressure from GVSU’s front seven, as they were able to rack 12.5 tackles for loss and three sacks, with two of those sacks coming from junior defensive end Jake Hlava. “We knew they liked to pass the ball, and the quarterback was a little slippery, so we wanted to make sure to get to him,” Hlava said. “We knew they always had a higher tendency to pass, so we knew we wanted to play the run on the way to the pass, get after it and harass the quarterback.” The offensive side of the ball saw the same dominance from GVSU, putting up well over 500 total yards of offense. Junior quarterback Cole Kotopka exposed a Cardinal defense that’s given up nearly 250

BREAKING FREE: GVSU sophomore running back Aryuan Cain-Veasey attempts to get out of a tackle by a William Jewell defender at Lubbers Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 2. COURTESY | CHRIS DUMOND

passing yards a game. Kotopka threw for 244 yards and four touchdowns. “I thought Cole played great,” Mitchell said. “We started off with a bang because his first play was a touchdown pass to Brandon (Wadley), and he ran it a little bit, but he was throwing the ball really well.” That 63-yard touchdown by Wadley on the opening play was far from his only big catch. He dusted off his Jerry Rice costume for Halloween, totaling eight catches for 212 yards and three touchdowns on the night. After being tampered with injuries all season long, Wadley was ecstatic to get back out on the field and contribute for his team.

“I’ve been battling injuries since earlier this year, and I’ve just been trying to get back to 100 percent as fast as I could,” Wadley said. “It felt amazing to get out there and play with the guys and execute well.” In his first game back after being out for nearly a month, sophomore running back Aryuan Cain-Veasey got settled back into the offense quite nicely, rushing for 65 yards and punching in a 19-yard touchdown towards the end of the first half. LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

VARSITY SCHEDULE SOCCER FOOTBALL Saturday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m., @ Ferris State, Anchor-Bone Classic

GV Soccer shutout streak reaches 11 straight, Lakers beat Ferris 7-0 and Ashland 2-0

SOCCER Friday, Nov. 8, 4 p.m., @ Davenport, regular season finale

BY ELI ONG EONG@LANTHORN.COM

VOLLEYBALL Friday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m., Home vs Parkside Saturday, Nov. 9, 4 p.m., Home vs Purdue Northwest (senior day) MEN’S BASKETBALL Nov. 9, 12 p.m., Home vs Alderson Broaddus WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Friday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m., @ University of Missouri-St. Louis Saturday, Nov. 9, 2 p.m., @ Maryville

CELEBRATION GVSU sophomore forward Greta DeLoach (10) embraces her teammates while on the field. COURTESY | GVSULAKERS.COM

The No. 3 Grand Valley State University Lakers dominated the Ferris State Bulldogs, 7-0, Sunday, Oct. 27 in GLIAC action at the GVSU Soccer Field. With their 10th straight shutout recorded on the year, the Lakers improved to 13-1 overall and remained undefeated in conference at 6-0. Looking back on the game, the mentality and focus of the team leading up to the opening kick struck a chord with GVSU head coach Jeff Hosler. “I think our kids were very emotionally prepared,” Hosler said. “When you’re emotionally prepared you’re able to prepare that much better and focus in on executing during the match.” Execute they did. Senior midfielder Riko Sagara scored twice to lead the Laker attack while five other Lakers found the back of the net. GVSU took the lead in the 11th minute when junior forward Ava Cook controlled the ball in the box and slid it to the center for

freshman forward Chantel Carranza, who heelkicked the ball past the keeper and inside the post for what would be the difference maker for the rest of the match. The Lakers would go on to score three times in a four-minute stretch around the half-hour mark. In the 28th minute, junior defender Makenna Schoolman struck home a rebound off an insert from junior forward Caitie Baron on the right wing. “Caitie crossed it in and when it came back out to me, my defender had already left me so I was like, okay,” Schoolman said. “I saw the goal wide open in the back post and kind of just ran into it and smashed it home.” Then Cook took another cross from Baron and headed it past the keeper for her GLIAC-leading 16th goal of the season. A minute later, Cook would draw a penalty and Sagara converted from the spot for the second straight match. The Lakers would take a 4-0 lead into the halftime break. LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE


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GVSU Volleyball defeats Davenport, adds to their winning streak BY ROSEMARY BOOHER RBOOHER@LANTHORN.COM

The Grand Valley State Lakers took on the Davenport Panthers Saturday, Nov. 2 and brought their winning streak up to four matches. GVSU now has an overall record of 12-11 and a GLIAC record of 7-5, maintaining their rank as fifth in the conference. The GLIAC tournament is right around the corner for the Lakers, meaning that keeping their winning streak alive has become increasingly more important.  “You’d like to play at home that first round — that would be huge — but in order for that to happen we need to win and maybe others need to lose too,” said GVSU coach Deanne Scanlon. “You have to be one of the top four teams, and to make that happen we have to keep that up and keep winning.” The Lakers went into four sets against the Panthers and were able to dominate the court offensively. Emma Clines led GVSU with 17 kills, followed by Jaeli Primus at 16 and Ali Thompson having 14. Rachel Jacquay also had an impressive 46 assists in the match.  “Just offensively we had three players play very well we had so many options tonight,” Scanlon said. “Jaeli, Emma and Ali were all three playing really top volleyball, some of the best we’ve had this season.” 

TOGETHERNESS: The Grand Valley State volleyball team gathers at center court following practice earlier this week. The team won it’s fourth game in a row on Saturday. GVL | MEGHAN LANDGREN

In the first set, the Lakers were quick to take the lead 10-7, but Davenport would answer and take the lead 11-10. The match would continue with both teams trading points until GVSU lead 22-21 before the Pan-

thers would pull ahead to take the set 25-23. LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

MEN’S GOLF

Men’s golf head coach Gary Bissell reflects on last season, welcomes talented recruiting class BY HOLLY BIHLMAN HBIHLMAN@LANTHORN.COM

TEEING OFF: Senior Matt Orwig follows through his back sqing with his driver at The Meadows golf course COURTESY | GVSULAKERS.COM

As the golf team has wrapped up their fall season at GVSU, the very young golfers will be working diligently towards a better season next year. The team has the No. 1 recruiting freshman class in the country right now, but that doesn’t necessarily solidify a team’s first place standing unless the new golfers can learn to translate their skills to a college level. GVSU is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA division 2 with a score of 72.97 and three freshman in the top five. “It’s a great sign,” said GVSU coach Gary Bissell. “They are still freshman and the important thing is that we develop them. Just being the No. 1 recruiting class is great, but the goal would be that in two or three years from now they’re the number one team in the country. We’re not going to become the No. 1 team just because they’re great freshman, they’re going to have to develop and get better as well.” With that being said, freshman Charles DeLong, named GLIAC Men’s Golfer of the Week, had a fantastic fall season and proved himself to be a promising player on the team for next season. DeLong took first place at the

last Panther Invitational at Davenport University, with a score of 134 overall. GVSU placed second behind Ashland, leaving them with an acceptable finisher for the season. DeLong has worked hard all season, but Bissell knows how to train all the new freshman to play an even better game next season. “Charlie DeLong is our best player,” Bissell said. “He was the 75th ranked player in the country coming out of high school. He was a really elite level prospect; I would say as with every great player we’ve ever had, the skill is there but the number one thing that separates them is their competitiveness and their drive. As cliché as that sounds, Charlie wants to be the best and he just hates losing more than he likes winning.”  Now that the fall season is over, the team has some downtime during the winter to prepare for the coming season in the spring. Bissell is looking forward to working with the new freshman and building the most elite team in the country, considering their current No. 1 recruiting class. LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE


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MEN’S BASKETBALL

Season Preview: GVSU men’s basketball playing with one special fan in mind BY KELLEN VOSS SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

When Grand Valley State basketball super fan Zach Bolhuis shoots pretend buzzer beaters in his backyard, he pretends he’s one of two people: Golden State’s Steph Curry or GVSU’s Jeremiah Ferguson. “(Zach is) Coach Wesley’s neighbor, and he’s always telling me how much (Zach) talks about me,” Ferguson said. “I figured it was the least I could do to give him a jersey. It’s a great feeling. It goes full circle because I remember watching my brothers play and looking up to people, so it’s definitely a good feeling.” Bolhuis got to visit the GVSU basketball team at practice, getting a chance to shoot with the team, get a signed jersey from Ferguson, take photos with the team and have a day that he will never forget. “Zach is a big fan of our team, and he really looks up to Jeremiah,” said GVSU coach Ric Wesley. “We invited him to come over, and he is a shy little guy that loves to work on his game. That was fun to get him over and it made his day, his family enjoyed it and I think Jeremiah enjoyed it too knowing his No. 1 fan was there.” While Bolhuis wasn’t in attendance for GVSU’s scrimmage at the DeVos Fieldhouse

FUTURE LAKER: GVSU Basketball superfan Zach Bolhuis dons a Laker jersey and poses with the team after practice at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena. COURTESY | ASHLEY CEFALI, GVSU ATHLETICS

against the Hope College Flying Dutchmen, he would have been happy to see the Lakers dominate in a 99-62 win, with Zach’s favorite player leading everyone with 22 points in the contest, pairing with it four assists and five steals. Junior Jake Van Tubbergen finished the game with 21 points, while fellow junior Christian Negron finished with a double-double (16 points and 10 rebounds). “It was good to play somebody else,” Ferguson said. “I think we played well, we de-

fended decent, but we can always get better on that side of the floor.” After a thrilling junior season that included Ferguson hitting a buzzer beater against Wisconsin-Parkside to clinch the GLIAC title, Ferguson said he is ready to make the most out of his final year of eligibility. LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Season Preview: GVSU women’s basketball looks to continue dominance after 29-4 season BY ELI ONG EONG@LANTHORN.COM

TEAM ON THREE: The GVSU women’s basketball team put their hands together with a rallying cry before breaking for a game. GVL | ARCHIVE

This time last year, the Grand Valley State University women’s basketball team was rounding out their preseason workouts with a group of veteran talent that would go on to have one of the more dominant seasons GVSU women’s hoops has had in team history. The Lakers finished 29-4 with a 19-1 record in conference play last year, and a GLIAC regular season championship to boot before being knocked out three games into the NCAA playoffs by undefeated Drury University, 51-44. GVSU is faced with a similar scenario this season, and the rest of the GLIAC conference has taken notice as college basketball season looms just around the corner. GVSU was picked as the favorite to win the GLIAC south division by the preseason GLIAC coaches poll that was released by the league office Thursday, Oct. 24. “We had a large group of juniors last year, so

we have a large group returning as seniors this year,” said GVSU Head Coach Mike Williams. “The loss (to Drury) motivated them to work hard over the summer and get back to a place where they can put themselves in the same position to play games like that.” Of the seven players who averaged double digit minutes a year ago, only one (guard Natalie Koenig) was a senior that GVSU lost to graduation. The rest were juniors. “When you have such a large group of returning players like that, you don’t have to do as much coaching, which is nice for me,” Williams said with a laugh. “But in all seriousness, they know the system and (you) just let them loose, which allows me to focus more on tinier things like adjustments and momentum (throughout the game).” GLIAC preseason player of the year selection Cassidy Boensch (19.6 ppg, 11.6 rpg) anchors GVSU at center, while senior point guard Jenn DeBoer (13.9 ppg, 3.5 apg) initiates the offense. “Jenn’s a 3-year starter who brings a ton of

experience and leadership,” Williams said. “On top of always getting something done, she’s one of our hardest workers too. She’s always shooting in the gym.” DeBoer deflected the praise from Williams and instead chose to focus on what she thinks is the reason why this team has been so successful. “I think the chemistry of this team and trust in one another is our greatest strength,” DeBoer said. “We have a group of girls where we are all truly best friends off the court and I think that really helps us play so well together on the court.” In terms of other players to look out for, forward Maddie Dailey (11.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg) looks to provide punch from the wing, guard Victoria Hedemark (7.8 ppg, 2.2 spg) brings savvy defense, guard Taya Andrews (44.9 percent from 3-point range) offers the Lakers a long range specialist and center Megan Belke (4.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg) provides insurance behind Boensch off of the bench. LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE


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GV Swimming & Diving beats GLIAC rival Northern Michigan BY ZACK GOODROW SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

The Grand Valley State University (9-0) swimming and diving team beat their biggest rival against Northern Michigan (11-3) Friday, Nov. 1. Northern has been GVSU’s toughest opponent so far this season, and the Lakers came out to swim. GVSU’s men’s team beat Northern 206-94, and the women’s team won 159-141. The men’s Lakers team beat the Wildcats in almost every individual event. Freshman Roger Miret Sala won the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:43.17. The team held firm control in the long distance events. Sophomore Jesse Goodyear and junior Moritz Bartels also continued on their excellent seasons in the distance freestyles. In the 1000-meter freestyle Goodyear took first with 9:38.64 and Bartels finished second with 9:38.64. In the 500-meter, Goodyear again won with a time of 4:43.67 and Bartels again finished second with 9:45.84. Bartels beat Northern swimmer, junior Ondrej Zach, in the 500 by milliseconds. In an extremely close race, Bartels beat his opponent by 0.16 seconds.  “I knew the Northern swimmer was close to me and was trying to catch me at the end of the race,” Bartels said. “The last five yards I just didn’t breathe and I didn’t want him to catch me. I pushed hard and it worked out.”  Junior Oscar Saura Armengol dominated his individual events. In the 200-meter butter-

FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY: A male Grand Valley State swimmer spreads out his arms and glides through the water in Saturday’s meet against the Northern Michigan Wildcats. GVL | CALEB WORPEL

fly, he placed first with a time of 1:51.23. He also won the 100-meter butterfly with 49.72. Sophomore Keegan Hawkins also continued his exceptional season for the Lakers by winning the 100-meter breastroke with a time of 57.75. He also took first in the 200-meter IM with 1:54.35. In the 100-meter backstroke event for the men, senior Harry Shalamon finished second with 51.85. He lost to a Northern swimmer, which was unusual for Shalamon’s incredible

season. However, in the later 200-meter backstroke event, Shalamon had a stunning performance. He won the event with a time of 1:48.62. “I was a bit tired and had some bad technique in the 100,” Shalamon said. “The pool record for the 200 is set by a Northern Michigan player. I was going for it but I didn’t make it. I’ve still got a couple more meets to do it.” The women’s Lakers team featured familiar faces taking first place on the scoreboard. Senior Melina Goebel took first in the

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200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:56.62. Freshman Delaney Wihebrink again won the 100-meter breaststroke for GVSU finishing with a time of 1:05.16. Freshman Neta Shiff displayed her distance skills again against Northern Michigan. She won the 500-meter freestyle, a frequent event for the Lakers, with a time of 5:06.64. She also took first place in the 1000-meter freestyle with ease. She posted a time of 10:20.45, and was out of the pool before the other competitors in the event had even finished. Sophomore Samantha Laurich had a standout performance, finishing first in two events. She won the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:23.57 and the 200-meter IM finishing with 2:12.38.  “The women’s team came right down to the wire,” GVSU coach Andy Boyce said. “The last two events decided the meet for us. Laurich stepped up by winning the 200 IM and pushed us over the top for the victory.”  The Lakers diving team also contributed to their victory. Senior Mikayla Karasek and junior Christopher Kelly won the 3-meter diving event for GVSU. Karasek won with 290.48 points and Kelly placed first for the men with 257.63 points. Karasek’s impressive dives also translated to the 1-meter diving event. She won the event for the women’s team with 276.6 points. LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

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