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On Jan. 10, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced the third death associated with the outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries in the state. MDHHS was notified about the passing of an adult male on Dec. 19 but they didn’t release any more information about the victim. “The tragic death of yet another Michigan resident is a reminder that this outbreak continues,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health for MDHHS. “We extend our deepest condolences to the family. I urge people not to use THC-containing e-cigarettes or vaping products until the specific cause of these vaping-related severe lung injuries being reported nationwide has been identified. To help with this investigation, we remind health care providers to report patients who may have this condition to their local health department.” MDHHS is working closely with the CDC and the Federal Food and Drug Administration to get additional information that can help identify the ingredients in the vape materials that are making people sick.


A former University of Iowa professor was sentenced to 85 months in federal prison for intent to sell methamphetamine near a school. Randall Mark Gilbert, 61, was initially identified by the Associated Press as a former professor at Grand Valley State University. However, a report from Mlive contradicted this report, saying that they contacted GVSU and they had never heard of Gilbert. He was arrested and released on bond, and threatened the girl that he suspected reported him with a knife. The Associated Press has since corrected their mistake.


In January 2020, wildfires have torn through Australia, causing major damages to the continent. According to CNN, the New South Wales police have filed charged against 24 people for deliberately starting bush fires and have taken legal action against 183 people for fire-related offenses since since November. The fires are even worse this year than usual because the continent is experiencing its worst drought in decades. Although the fires have been very bad, Australia is only just entering its summer season. Many people have donated to helping the cause already.



New menstruation initiative provides free products around campus BY NICK MORAN EDITORIAL@LANTHORN.COM

A collaboration between Grand Valley State University’s Student Senate and Center for Women and Gender Equity is providing free menstruation products in various bathrooms around campus for patron use. Right now, five female and gender neutral bathrooms are included in the initiative’s rollout, all placed throughout GVSU’s Allendale campus. Center for Women and Gender Equity Associate Director Sharalle Arnold said she had heard of interest in an initiative like this come from several places, but closely worked with Alex Hicks, Chair of Student Senate’s Sexual Assault Awareness Committee, after they reached out to Arnold. Hicks said Student Senate has been trying to work on this sort of initiative for a few years, following in the footsteps of Central Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State University, who have unveiled their own versions in years past. The current iteration of the initiative is a tentative, temporary one, but Hicks said that they have plans to continue the service further if provided the proper support from Student Senate and the University. “Given the interest that I have received so far... I’m planning on continuing it throughout the rest of the school year,” Hicks said. Hicks said the partnership between Stu-

GOODBYE, TAMPON TAX: GVSU Student Senate and the Center for Women and Gender Equity have partnered to create the “Free Menstraul Hygiene Products Initiative.” COURTESY | ALEX HICKS

dent Senate and the Center for Women and Gender Equity felt natural, as it includes Replenish, GVSU’s food resource, which also collects and provides these products. Arnold offered Replenish as a way to initially provide products to the initiative, but Hicks suggested that a proposal for Student Senate to fund future products could be on the board in the future. A key part of the initiative also includes

an educational component, as providing free menstrual products shines a light on the high prices that those who menstruate have to pay each month. The duo also noted that it may not be just women who menstruate, but those who identify as non-binary or male as well. LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE


First responders practice teamwork during winter break BY LUCAS SWARTZENDRUBER NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

On Dec. 15, the Grand Valley Police Department and other first responders participated in an active assailant response drill in Mackinac Hall on the Grand Valley State University Allendale Campus. Such timing ensured the exercise occurred after Fall 2019 classes ended. “During academic breaks, it is time that we look to try to identify a location on campus in which we can do drills

INTO ACTION: First responders had an active assailant drill Dec. 15. COURTESY | GVPD

like this,” said GVPD Captain Jeff Stoll. “So it minimally impacts students, faculty, staff and facilities.” For the term “active assailant,” Stoll said it is meant to be inclusive of all forms of violence. He mentioned “active shooter” limits violence to someone firing a gun. Harm can come from other threats, such as knife and vehicle attacks. Earlier in the fall semester, an active assailant drill at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences demonstrated survival tactics to students, including close-lock-barricade. By contrast, the Dec. 15 drill served more as training for first responders in a rescue task force. Stoll said the purpose of a rescue task force is having first responders reach patients as quickly as possible. Here, police officers protect medical personnel as they treat victims of active assaults. Ottawa County Emergency Management Director Nick Bonstell said the rescue taskforce differs from earlier practice, for emergency medical services (EMS) previously waited until police cleared the building to treat victims.

“The quicker you get to them, the better chance that they have for survival,” Bonstell said. Bonstell said sheriff ’s office deputies serve as first medical responders in some parts of Ottawa County, yet he mentioned fire departments hold this responsibility in most of the county’s jurisdictions. This also applies to the rescue task force where firefighters provide medical attention. Bonstell said a number of organizations comprised a planning team for the drill. Team members included Grand Valley State University, Ottawa County Central Dispatch, Allendale Fire Department, Life EMS and other first response agencies. They developed objectives within the drill, such as testing 800-megahertz radios and collaborations between police and firefighters. The drill featured three scenarios related to a mass-casualty event, Stoll said. Some individuals were observers, distinguished by their neon vests. LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE



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Eric Payne: GRPD’s first African American police chief talks career path, goals BY ELI ONG EONG@LANTHORN.COM

Established in 1871, the Grand Rapids Police Department had never been headed by an African American police chief in its 149year history. That is, until they elected Eric Payne as their new chief of police, effective back on July 22, 2019. Where did Payne’s interest in becoming a police officer first originate? During his college days at Grand Valley State University. “I had an encounter my freshman year (of college) with a gentleman named Larry Johnson,” Payne said. “He was a police officer at Grand Valley at the time and it really stuck with me because that was the first time I had a conversation with a police officer of color.” That moment stuck in the back of a young Payne’s mind and sparked an interest in criminal justice that would motivate him to make a particular choice regarding his class schedule during the following school year. “My sophomore year, my roommate convinced me second semester to take an intro (to criminal justice) class,” Payne said. “That class was with Dr. James Walker, and I was hooked after that point.” Shortly thereafter, Payne switched his major from education to criminal justice, Walker became his academic advisor and the foundation that helped develop one of the

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education and decision to become a police officer,” Payne said. “We were going for our next semester sign ups my junior year and I walked up to him and said, ‘I want to be a cop’ and he said, ‘Well sit down young man, let me talk to you about that.’” LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

GV student commuters detail their college experiences

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GRPD’s more notable policing careers was set in place. During the back half of earning his undergraduate degree, Payne set his academic tract to become a police officer with the help of recently-retired GVSU professor Jonathan White, who served as the Director of the School of Criminal Justice during his 36-year career at the university. “Dr. White was very influential in my FINANCE


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ACCOMPLISHED ALUMNI: The new chief of the GRPD earned his degree in criminal justice from GVSU after an encounter with an officer on Grand Valley’s police force. COURTESY | ALYSSA KEOWN

BALANCING ACT: Though commuting allows students to save money, it makes it more difficult to get involved on campus. COURTESY | GVSU

As a freshman, Ashton Maurer-Wagner drove from his home near Grand Haven, Michigan to Grand Valley State University’s Allendale campus for class every weekday. According to information provided on GVSU’s website, approximately 15 percent of incoming students commute to campus, either from home where they live with family or an off-campus apartment. Maurer-Wagner braved the 20 to 30-minute commute during his freshman year in order to save money for the future. Maurer-Wagner said that the decision to commute helped him save money that he used to live closer to campus as a sophomore. “For me, it was a money situation,” Maurer-Wagner said. “It was helpful to save money for things down the road.” Chris Swank, Manager of Operations for Facilities Services at GVSU, said Transportation Services at GVSU offer sustainable and cost-saving transportation options to faculty,

staff and students including the bus service, resources on carpooling and bike rental. “It’s a cost-saving alternative so students do not have to own a car,” Swank said. “They can choose to live off-campus, downtown or along any of the bus routes. It also gives them the opportunity to go to Grand Rapids and not have to worry about parking as well as be responsible while enjoying downtown. For those who do choose to commute to campus, they can also take advantage and ride the bus to campus by parking in one of the park and ride lots, which can be helpful in bad weather as they won’t have to worry about driving the entire way.” Maurer-Wagner said that living closer to campus offers many more opportunities and ways to get involved. “I definitely enjoy the experience being closer to campus because it’s easier to participate in like clubs or intramural sports, which I wasn’t really able to do because I was restricted to having to drive home,” Maurer-Wagner said. LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE



By Juliette Elton



Tampon Tax bleeds students’ wallets, demands university support



Spotting the fabulous five types of partygoers


Once upon a time in a faraway land called 48 West Apartments, a dewy-eyed freshman pondered the endless possibilities that may come from the college party scene. The mysterious man sipping his whiskey on the rocks in the corner began to approach, and she was ready to be swept away by love. She was ready for those three words to escape his lips,

but instead he uttered five: “Who do you know here?” The mystery the man embodied had turned out to be a drunken blank look, and the whiskey on the rocks was actually a half drank shot he couldn’t quite finish off in one swift pull. Standing in the corner, that was real. That’s because he embodied two of the 5 main traits all people you meet at parties possesses. The parties everyone strives to be at (while simultaneously wanting to be anywhere else) contain five types of people.  First, you’ll be able to point out the Desperado, because he moves entirely too quickly. His aura of nervousness and his hyperactive movements are what gave him away, to his despair. I shook my head as I heard him mutter to my friend, “Is it my turn yet?”  The only one who moves even quicker than the most desperate guy at the party is the guy who’s con-

vinced he’s better than the desperate guy at the party – the Casanova. He’s convinced he’s incredibly too cool to approach women himself, and with some sort of god-like luck, it works incredibly well for him. I even saw one manage to dance with one gorgeous woman, perform a flawless 180 spin, then dancing with the woman directly behind him in a record five seconds. His confidence was unnerving.  Unlike the Desperado and the Casanova, the line of people standing as straight as the Queen’s guard outside the palace are those who are usually quite innocent. If you get the chance to talk to this third type of person, you usually find out it’s a mob of high school kids who found their way to this party, typically by paying $10 to the worst type of person at the party: the Host.  LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

Bad news for the world, good news for the President


Over a week ago, the United States killed General Qasem Soleimani of Iran’s Quds Force. Shortly afterward,

Iran vowed to retaliate. The President, in response, threatened to attack over 50 Iranian targets. Iran later launched a missile strike against U.S. bases in Iraq, although officials reported that there were no casualties. The President announced that the U.S. would not respond militarily, but instead impose harsh economic sanctions. Tensions appear to be deescalating.  I’m not a fan of the President, so know that when I say this, I’m not saying it with any pleasure or peace of mind: This entire debacle has been a significant victory for the current administration.  In the weeks before the killing of Soleimani, the discourse was mostly

focused on the impeachment, and potential removal, of the President. The House approved the articles, which charged the President with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, and he went down in history as the third U.S. president ever to be impeached. The response was, obviously, mixed — with conservative media dismissing the House’s vote as a sham and liberal media describing the impeachment in more favorable terms — but however you spun it, the President was getting some real bad press.  LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

eriods. You either deal with them or you hear about them. They suck, they are painful, they cause serious mood swings, and don’t even get us started on the blood. But you want to know what makes the whole situation even worse? The fact that the available menstrual products cost a whole arm and a leg. The general sales tax rate in Michigan is six percent. On average, a box of 36 regular tampons costs seven dollars. This may not sound like a lot, but if you’re purchasing one box every month, that’s a total of $84 per year. On average, periods occur between the ages of 13 and 51, which means more than $3,000 is spent on menstrual products in a lifetime.  Ultimately, menstruation is a natural function which usually isn’t a choice. Because of this, people have long wondered why the prices for menstrual products are so high. Why should a necessity be taxed?  Currently, a total of 18 states in the U.S. do not impose a tampon tax. Unfortunately, Michigan is not one of these states. And while the high prices of these products can have harsh effects on anyone who menstruates, those in college communities may be hit even harder.  Between tuition, rent and groceries, a hefty portion of the college population doesn’t have much money to spare. And when students have to choose

between food and health, there’s a big problem. This is why the recent collaboration between GVSU’s Student Senate and the Center for Women and Gender Equity is so important. Their new initiative is aimed at providing free menstrual products on campus. Currently, female and gender neutral bathrooms in Mackinac Hall, the Kirkhof Center, Holton Hooker Living and Learning Center, the Marketplace and Mary Idema Pew Library have been equipped with menstrual products from GVSU’s food pantry, Replenish. However, this initiative spans beyond people who menstruate, beyond Student Senate and beyond any one facility. It is imperative that student organizations, facilities and administrators acknowledge their responsibility to not only student inclusion, but value accessibility to health resources for anyone who menstruates.  If you are a leader on campus, you can reach out to Student Senate or the Center for Women and Gender Equity to find out how you can help. If you are a student who utilizes the resources, you can provide feedback that will help the initiative grow.  Menstruation impacts more people than meets the eye. If you are a Laker, you have a responsibility to project your voice and support an initiative that supports the Laker community. 

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GV celebrates increasing number of student volunteers BY OLIVIA FELLOWS OFELLOWS@LANTHORN.COM

Grand Valley State University prides itself on being a place that encourages student involvement in communities through volunteering. There are over 400 student organizations on campus that regularly do volunteer work throughout the year, as well as on-campus resources that regularly put on volunteer or advocacy-based events. The majority of these organizations participate in volunteer work both on campus, in the Grand Rapids community, as well as in other parts of the U.S. and world through service projects and alternative breaks. At the end of fall semester, GVSU had a total of 8,314 hours of student service recorded, and that number continues to grow. Grand Valley’s Community Service Learning Center (CSLC) has been an integral part of helping students get involved with volunteer opportunities and giving back in a variety of ways. The CSLC works with students to empower them to become active, global citizens through providing co-curricular engagement opportunities and events

that promote volunteering and advocacy. It also works with a number of community partners to create unique opportunities for students to get involved in their community and elsewhere. Melissa Baker-Boosamra, Associate Director of Student Life and Civic Engagement and Assessment, expressed that the CSLC helps students that may not be a part of a major organization on campus get involved in volunteer work. “We have a number of community engagement programs with which we provide students with connections to volunteer work with various nonprofit partners in the community,” Baker-Boosamra said. “We also created larger campus-wide events that promote giving back, such as our Make a Difference Day, MLK Day of Solidarity and Community Outreach Week, which help students both in and outside of organizations get opportunities to give back during the semester.” According to the CSLC’s 2018-2019 impact analysis, the center recorded just under 36,000 student community engagement hours, which equates to just over $912,000. The center also had 710 students participate in CSLC-sponsored programs like blood

SHARING SERVICE: Grand Valley State University students continue to donate their time and energy to service, volunteering over 8,300 hours to those who need their help. GVL | MEGHAN LANDGREN

donation events, which collected a reported 413 units of blood equating to 1,239 potential lives saved through donations.


GV welcomes new club for journalism majors BY MACKENZIE KELLER NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

Until Fall 2019, Grand Valley State University did not have any clubs that specialized in journalism. Though the Student Journalism Club (SJC) was officially recognized in September, the idea was created much earlier than that. Starting a club did not prove to be as big of a challenge as the founding students originally believed. Starting in an investigative journalism class, the professor, Jeffrey Kelly Lowenstein, was more than willing to sponsor the club. He was a key member in starting the club, reaching out to students in his other classes to

convince them to join. To actually start a club, the group must have at least three members to begin, then have at least five total to fill in the officer positions. The idea for the club came to be in the Spring semester of 2019. However, as the semester was coming to an end, the journalism club did not have enough time to get it off the ground. Before even presenting themselves as a potential club to the Registered Student Organization, the founding members had to draft a constitution and designate their executive board. On the board are Tovi Gentilucci, Jane Johnston, Kayla Sosa, Eli Ong, and Sean Cauvet. Gentilucci, Johnston, and Sosa were the

first three members of the club, with Gentilucci being the President. Based loosely off the ideas of the GVSU Pre-Medical program, the SJC wanted to form a professional organization that would allow students to work with people already in the profession. The club also aims to connect underclassmen who are struggling in their classes with upperclassmen who can offer them experienced assistance on projects they could be struggling with. The SJC aims to be a collaborative effort between students. “If I had this group as a freshman, I know it would have helped me to have someone who had already taken the class as opposed to the people who were in my class.” Gentilucci said. Gentilucci hopes that this club will provide opportunities for students, regardless of their major, to explore their passion for journalism and media. She also wants to show students that journalism is not as small of a major as many think. “It’s another way to not only have this connection for the students to do better on their projects, but also to help them see that it’s not just us,” Gentilucci said. The SJC meets once every other week, since they know that school takes up a lot of the students time. LOG ON TO:

MINGLING NEWSIES: Student Journalism Club members network with community journalists during a club networking event in the fall, the club’s first event. COURTESY | STUDENT JOURNALISM CLUB FOR THE FULL ARTICLE



GV students explore misinformatio after Iranian general killed by US a BY JANE JOHNSTON NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

Tension between the United States and Iran escalated even further this month when President Donald Trump ordered a drone strike in Baghdad, killing several military officials, including revered Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani. As classes started up this past week, Grand Valley State University students were left wondering what would come next. Their hypotheses, like many 18-29 year olds, are largely guided by social media and partisan echo chambers.

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SOLEIMANI: The U.S. killed Iranian Gen. Qasem by airstrike Jan. 3. COURTESY | DEFENSE ONE

TION ABROAD: Soleimani was riding in a car at the time of the airstrike. The above photo at was left of that car after the attack. COURTESY | WALL STREET JOURNAL

PRESIDENTIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Following attacks on U.S embassies, President Trump ordered the assassination of Gen. Soleimani. COURTESY | ABC7

1953 - The United States helps fuel a coup that replaces Iran’s Mossadegh with an appointed Shah, sparking tensions between the U.S. and Iranians. 1957 - The U.S. signs an agreement with Iran to develop its nuclear programs, which took off in the ‘70s. 1979-81 - Following the Iranian Revolution against the Shah, who was in the U.S. at the time. Students storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, holding hostages for 444 days total. The U.S then cuts all diplomatic ties with Iran. 1984 - Under President Ronald Reagan, the U.S. cites Iran as a sponsor of terrorism, which it’s still labeled as today. 1988 - The U.S. shoots down an Iranian passenger plane, killing 290 people on board. 2003 - Iran’s nuclear program falls in U.S. crosshairs, which is stunted briefly. 2013 - Under President Barack Obama, the US and five other nations sign the Iran Nuclear Deal, stunting their nuclear development program.  2018 - President Donald Trump pulls the U.S. out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, which Iran slowly sides less with in 2019. 2020 - The U.S. kills Gen. Qasem Soleimani in an airstrike, prompting Iranian officials to call in days of mourning and swearing revenge. The downing of a Ukrainian passenger flight by Iran attracts international attention, including the eyes of President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


The Recreation and Wellness program at the Division of Student Affairs is challenging Grand Valley State University students, faculty and staff to track up to 100 miles of exercise between the months of January and February. Registration to the challenge costs $10 and enters you into weekly prize drawings once you hit 50 miles and gets you a Trek100 t-shirt once you hit the goal of 100. The challenge doesn’t end there — logging your miles online will put you on a school-wide leader board, showing you where you rank among participants. Though progress is measured in miles, involvement in the challenge isn’t limited to walking or running. Recreation and Wellness lists biking, swimming, rowing, group exercise classes and intramural sports as just a few of the activities that count towards total mileage. If you’re interested, register anytime between now and Jan. 31 at


Grand Valley’s Campus Activities Board is excited to invite students to 2020’s annual President’s Ball. The event, which this year will take place on Jan. 31, includes chartered buses from the Allendale campus to the ball’s location at DeVos Place, downtown Grand Rapids. Tickets are on sale now at gvsu. for the dance itself, which begins at 8:30 p.m., as well as for an additional dinner and social hour that starts at 5:30 p.m. Those who buy tickets for the dinner will be able to request ahead of time whether they want a beef, chicken or vegetarian entree.


How students evaluate faculty performance BY YSABELA GOLDEN LAKERLIFE@LANTHORN.COM

Since 2016, Grand Valley State University has used the Laker Impressions of Faculty Learning (LIFT) system to collect student feedback on instructor performance at the end of a semester. For the last few years, a little over half of the student body has consistently responded to LIFT evaluations. “The overall response rate for LIFT in Fall 2019 was 62 percent,” said Director of Institutional Analysis Phillip Batty. “That’s down from previous fall terms – the rate was 65 percent in both 2017 and 2018.” One possible explanation for the downturn is professors forgetting their role in helping students complete faculty evaluations. “The expectation is that faculty set aside 15 minutes at the end of the semester for students to complete the evaluation in class,” said Dr. Ed Aboufadel, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We tell department chairs, we put it in newsletters, we stick it in reports that go to faculty. Professors will ask, ‘How do I get response rates up?’ and we tell them they should be setting aside time in class. They say, ‘Oh, am I supposed to be doing that?’ and the answer is yes. Yes, you are.” Before 2016, departments were using upwards of 40 different instruments to collect student feedback at the end of semesters. When an agreement was reached to use one form consistent between all courses, the current system was purchased from the University of Washington. “There are some variations between courses, but the first four questions are always the same,”

“LIFT” UP YOUR PEERS: A single faculty evaluation from an individual student may not change much on its own, but multiple students telling the same story can have a powerful effect. COURTESY | GVSU

Aboufadel said. “The consistency is because we want to have longitudinal data. Over a ten year period, we can see if something like ‘classroom organization’ starts dropping, and investigate what’s going on with that. Or in the case of an individual teacher who had a rocky start, we can tell if they improve over time.” Faculty evaluations are dual purpose. They see formative use from faculty, who are encouraged to reflect on evaluations carefully. They also see summative purpose from departments. “The summative piece is reflected in the annual review of all faculty,” Aboufadel said.

“Part of that review is to look at the reports from LIFT, though that’s not the only piece of information we want them to use. In fact, we ask faculty members to reflect on what they did that was novel with teaching in the past year, and in some departments there’s a visit to the classroom by another professor. LIFT reports are a significant part of the conversation when it comes to renewing contracts, tenure and promoting faculty.” LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE


CAB, Senate work to “Replenish” food pantry


Grand Valley State University has invited Leslie King, human trafficking survivor and expert, to speak about her experiences and how this important issue affects our area. A Grand Rapids native, King founded the organization Sacred Beginnings in the city in 2005, the first survivor-led peer mentoring program for women who have been sexually exploited or trafficked in the state of Michigan. In her work, King consults with law enforcement and human service professionals on how to work with prostituted women, teenagers and children. King will speak on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 6-8 p.m. in Kirkhof Center’s Pere Marquette room. The last half hour of the event is reserved for a Q&A session for audience members who have questions for the speaker. No registration is required to attend the event, which is LIB 100 and 201 approved.



CALL TO ATTENTION: Fillmore hopes to help students learn about Replenish, whether to donate or use themselves. COURTESY | REPLENISH

As students move through the first month of the new decade, Campus Activities Board (CAB) and Grand Valley State University’s Student Senate have worked together to bring five days of events to campus. These five events Featuring a variety of activities, all maintain a theme of donation by giving to the food pantry on campus, Replenish. Replenish has existed in correlation to the Center for Women and Gender Equity since 2009, and runs out of the Kirkhof Center room 0074. It was designed to offer aid to students with financial troubles, giving them a stress-free and reliable source of food so they can focus on academic performance. CAB President Jessica Fillmore described “Replenish Week” as a great showcase of cooperation between different organizations on campus. “Our partnership with Student Senate

works well as each organization can bring different strengths and resources to these events,” Fillmore said. “We chose Replenish in order to recognize our common goal of bettering our GVSU community. This seemed like an awesome opportunity for GVSU students to know that their donations are helping out their fellow students.” From January 17-23, four activities, each with its own inclusion of donation and charity, will occur throughout the week. On Friday, Jan. 17, Pie a Pal will run in the Kirkhof Lobby where students can enjoy pieing a friend after supplying a food donation for Replenish. The following week, Game Night and Trivia Night will be held on Jan. 20 and 22 respectively, with a similar donation requirement for participation. A donation will act as entry for Game Night, and extra points for Trivia Night. LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE






The Grand Valley State men’s basketball team and head coach Ric Wesley announced the signing of incoming freshman Ethan Alderink for the 2020 class. Alderink, a senior at Holland Christian High School, will join the Lakers for the 2020-21 season. A 6’6” wing player with freakish athleticism, Alderink was named the Holland Sentinel Player of the Year as a junior, averaging 14.3 points, four rebounds, two assists and two blocks per game last season. He is averaging 15 points per game early on in his senior campaign. Other universities had shown interest in him during the recruiting process, but Alderink told the Holland Sentinel Tuesday (Jan. 7) night that the Lakers won him over. “They were really the first ones to show interest in me my sophomore year,” he said to Lenny Padilla of the Holland Sentinel. “Every time I’ve been on campus, I’ve loved it. I like the guys and their coaching staff. It feels like family. That’s what’s most important to me.” Alderink preps under head coach David Kool at Holland Christian. His AAU career has seen him play locally with West Michigan Lakers and, most recently, on the Under Armour circuit with Grand Rapids Storm and Jason Martin.


Grand Valley State University senior center Cassidy Boensch has been named GLIAC South Division Player of the Week for the third time this season after last week’s performances. The Lakers defeated Ferris State 72-68 on Thursday night, followed by a 57-39 win over Lake Superior State on Saturday to improve to 13-0 overall and 5-0 in GLIAC play. Boensch scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked six shots Thursday at Ferris State before dropping 29 points and securing 13 rebounds in Saturday’s game against Lake Superior State. The Au. Gres, Michigan native currently leads the GLIAC in points per game (20.8), rebounds per game (9.8), field goal percentage (63.7%) and block shots per game (3.8), while also ranking in the top five nationally in block shots per game.


Thursday, Jan. 16, 8 p.m., vs Northwood (Polar Vortex Night) Saturday, Jan. 18, 3 p.m., @ Saginaw Valley State


Thursday, Jan. 16, 6 p.m., vs Northwood (Polar Vortex Night) Saturday, Jan. 18, 1 p.m., @ Saginaw Valley State

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD Friday, Jan. 17, 2:45 p.m., GVSU Bill Clinger Classic @ Kelly Family Sports Center

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING Saturday, Jan. 18, 1 p.m., vs Findlay

JUMPIN JAKE: Going for two points around a pair of defenders, junior Jake Van Tubbergen secures the layup to score his 1,000th point while dressed in Laker Blue. GVSU went on to trump the Wayne State Warriors on Saturday, Jan. 11, where Van Tubbergen tallied 23 points. COURTESY | GVSULAKERS.COM

GVSU Basketball improves to 13-2, Van Tubbergen scores 1,000th point as Laker BY KELLEN VOSS SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

History was made on Saturday night at the Matthaei Building in Detroit, Michigan, as with just under 10 minutes to go, junior Jake Van Tubbergen scored his 17th and 18th points of the game on an and-one layup to earn 1,000 points total while donning a Grand Valley State Laker uniform. The following made free throw helped the Holland, Michigan, native pass the century mark. That key lay-up was a small part of the showcase Van Tubbergen put on against the Wayne State Warriors, as he led his 18th-ranked squad with 23 points and 13 rebounds while cementing his status as a Laker legend. “(Van Tibbergen) has been a good performer right from day one,” said GVSU coach Rick Wesley regarding Van Tubbergen. “It took him a while to get into it his freshman year with his injury, but once he got going, he was the (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) Freshman of the Year. He’s been a very good player, and it’s been fun to watch get in the weight room, and his ability now to be more consistent to take the hits and the grind of the GLIAC, that’s what’s worth reporting.” After Saturday’s win and Thursday’s 69-63 road win over the Ashland Eagles, the No. 18 GVSU basketball team improved to 13-2 overall and 6-1 in the GLIAC, as they remain at the top of the South division in the conference. Much like Big Ten football and basketball, no road game in conference can be taken for granted, and Wesley is proud of his squad for finishing strong in these games. “They were similar (performances) — we had really good stretches in both games, but we had some bad stretches too” Wesley said. “I don’t know that either (game) was a thing of beauty, but GLIAC basketball can be that way.”

LOOKING TO DASH: Looking around an Ashton defender at his options, senior point guard Jeremiah Ferguson looks toward the hoop during GVSU’s game against Ashton. COURTESY | ASHLEY CEFALI

One big key to both these road victories is the return of senior point guard Jeremiah Ferguson to the starting lineup, as the former Youngstown State Penguin combined for 30 points in 44 minutes. While the point guard is still playing limited minutes while nursing his lower leg injury, Wesley loves the layers that Ferguson can add to the Laker’s offense. “Anytime you add a good player, it helps,” Wesley said. “He’s a good finisher for us — his ability to be aggressive with defenses off the dribble really puts a lot of pressure on the other teams. It’s good to have him back, but the whole team is still a work in progress. We have to continue to work hard defensively, which has kind of been our Achilles’ Heel.” Wesley loved the bench contributions he got

this week, speaking highly of junior John Slater, junior Steven Lloyd and freshman Marius Grazulis for the spark they all provided. In order for the squad to improve, Wesley wants to see those bench contributions become more consistent. “We play a lot of guys, so you got to stay in a good place as a team,” Wesley said. “The sacrifice on everybody’s part is huge: some nights, you don’t get the minutes you think you deserve and your number’s not called, but you just got to stay ready. It’s a long season, we’re blessed to have some depth, and we need everyone to stay ready. That’s what championship teams do.” The Lakers have two more tough GLIAC match-ups this week as they face Northwood at home on Thursday, Jan. 16 before traveling to face SVSU two days later.



Transcendent: Sagara one of the best midfielders to ever don Laker blue BY ELI ONG EONG@LANTHORN.COM

When Grand Valley State University senior midfielder Riko Sagara was named the Division II National Player of the Year by United Soccer Coaches back on Tuesday, Dec. 17, it came with little surprise. The Tokyo, Japan native led the nation in assists for the second year in a row while finishing second in total points (63), behind her own teammate, junior forward Ava Cook (70). In the process, Sagara became the first Laker ever to record at least 20 goals and 20 assists in the same season while also helping lead the Lakers to their program record sixth national championship. With the award, Sagara became the fifth Laker to earn National Player of the Year honors from United Soccer Coaches. Sagara scored 20 goals and handed out 23 assists after everything was said and done. A transfer from NAIA Martin Methodist University, Sagara earned four All-American plaudits between the junior college and DII level. She set the NAIA single-season assist

record as a sophomore with 36, which was seven more than the previous record, before dishing out 23 assists a piece in each season she played with the Lakers. In just two years at GVSU, Sagara ranks second all-time in career assists with 46. Both of her seasons finished one dime shy of matching the GVSU single-season record. Sagara scored 54 goals, provided 91 assists and captured 199 points total over her four year career between GVSU and Martin Methodist. If all 199 points counted towards her GVSU career, Sagara would rank third all time in points behind Laker legends Katy Tafler (269) and Gabriella Mencotti (213). Her 199 points and 91 assists would also pace all GVSU midfielders by a wide margin all-time. Comparatively, Sagara would have 16 more points and 30 more assists than the next closest midfielder, Marti Corby, who starred for GVSU in the midfield from 2013-2016. With such gaudy statistics comes a laundry list of accolades and awards for Sagara as well. In addition to being elected United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Year, Sagara was also voted national player of the

year by the D2CCA and elected as a unanimous first-team All-American in 2019. These accolades joined a litany of other accomplishments earned by Sagara, who also has two Midwest Regional Player of the Year awards, two GLIAC Offensive Player of the Year awards, two Midwest Regional Championships, two GLIAC conference championships, another unanimous selection as a firstteam All-American in 2018, and a school individual record-tying number of assists in a single game (four).

GVSU Women’s Basketball see 13-game win streak snapped, still remain at top of GLIAC Much like Big Sean’s “Bounce Back,” The Lakers took an “L” and lost their game on Thursday to Ashland before traveling to play Wayne State on Saturday night, where they bounced back and pulled out a win. “We talk about being tough in tough situations,” said head coach Mike Williams. “When you lose to Ashland, the No. 4 team in the coun-

try, in a close, hard-fought game, and then have to go on the road and play a game late Saturday night, I thought we showed that we were tough (against Wayne State).” On Saturday, Williams said he was impressed by the performances of senior Center Cassidy Boensch and senior Guard Victoria Hedemark. “I thought Victoria Hedemark played really well,” Williams said. “She made some great decisions on offense. Defensively, she guarded

HYPE IN THE HUDDLE: Gathering as a team during their game against Ashland Jan. 9, the Lakers prepare for another game. After losing, the team beat Wayne State. COURTESY | GVSULAKERS.COM


SCORING SAGARA: Reflecting on a successful season with the Lakers, midfielder Riko Sagara (No. 16) stands as one of GVSU’s most talented players in her position.. COURTESY | GVSULAKERS.COM



GVSU head coach Jeff Hosler views Sagara as a uniquely superb talent based on her elite skill set and her road that lead her to playing soccer in a Laker uniform. “It’s hard to put into words how much Riko has meant to this team these past two years,” Hosler said.

one of Wayne State’s best players and did a good job of keeping her in check, holding her to just one for seven in the game. Cassidy (Boensch) had a big game as well. She had 25 points, nine rebounds and she had three assists, which I thought was key because she did a good job of moving the basketball.” When asked about the turning point of the game, Williams pointed to the mentality after halftime and his team’s great defensive performance in the fourth quarter. “When we came out of halftime, it was a nine-point game and I thought we came out of the second half doing a great job of moving the basketball,” Williams said. “Also, we did a much better job defensively and held them to five points in the fourth quarter.” Much of the team’s success this year has come from the play of Boensch, who continues to play like one of the best players in all of DII college basketball. On the season, she has averaged 21.5 points per game, recorded 54 blocks and 143 rebounds, which is almost double the next closest player. She helps to bring that tough mindset that Williams wants and it shows on the defensive side of the ball. LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE




SLIDING INTO THE PIT: The GVSU Track and Field team competed in their first meet of the semester and second of the year Friday, Jan. 10. The Lakers host their next meet Jan. 17. GVL | MICAH HILL

GOING FOR GOLD: The highlight of the Lakers’ first meet was their performance in the field, where Erika Lechner and Bobbie Goodwin took first place in their respective events. GVL | MICAH HILL

GVSU Track & Field performs well at Bob Eubanks Open BY ROSEMARY BOOHER RBOOHER@LANTHORN.COM

On Friday, Jan. 10, the Grand Valley State Lakers hosted the Bob Eubanks Open, where both the men’s and women’s indoor track teams competed in their first meet following winter break. Not only was this meet the first of the new semester, but it was their second of the season. Heading into the meet, GVSU coach Jerry Baltes was unsure of how the teams would perform after having so much time off. “Getting back into the swing of things, you just never know what we’re gonna have coming off of the break after having a twoand-a-half to three-week layoff,” Baltes said. “Some kids did a really nice job over break and got some training in on their own and some other kids sat on their couch and ate too many Christmas cookies.”

The highlight of the meet was the women’s team’s performance in the field, where both Erika Lechner and Bobbie Goodwin took first place in their events. Lechner threw 14.42m in shotput, earning her provisional qualification. Goodwin threw 18.98m in the weight throw and also earned her provisional qualification. “Bobbie didn’t throw really far, but for how hard she has trained these past ten days, (Goodwin) had some decent throws,” Baltes said. Training and hard work are some things that Baltes has been emphasizing this season, even after hitting their provisional marks, Baltes said that it is still important for everyone on the team to continue improving. “It’s good to get those things out of the way, it’s sort of a safety net here,” Baltes said. “It doesn’t do any good to hit those early and not be ready to go when you get there. Most

of the marks have got to improve still, it’s nice to have those in our back pocket but we need to get back to training and building towards the NCAA Championship.” The NCAA Championship is one of the two main goals that GVSU has their sights on, the other being to obtain another GLIAC Championship as well. This season, the Lakers plan to continue their tradition that they’ve established of bringing home the GLIAC title. “Ulimately we want to compete for championships, the GLIAC is always on the radar we’ve won a handful of thoseover the years,” Baltes said. “Certainly to be in a position to compete for the GLIAC championship, hopefully get as many people to the NCAA champianships, and to score as many points as possible. It’s our hope to be in the mix.” Moving forward and working towards these goals, the Lakers are focus-

LOOKING FORWARD: With the first meet of the semester under wraps, the GVSU Track and Field teams hopes to continue improving. Coach Jerry Baltes hopes to compete for the GLIAC Championship and get as many of his Laker athletes to the NCAA Championships as he possibly can. GVL | MICAH HILL

ing on preparation and paying attention to where the players are at currently and improving themselves accordingly. “We just have to keep preparing, we go about our buisiness everyday and prepare to get better,” Baltes said. “You can’t worry about the end of the season, you just have to take care of where we’re at now and really focus on getting better here.” The Lakers will host their next meet, the GVSU Bill Clinger Classic, on Friday, Jan. 17.

FEET FIRST: A GVSU long jumper extends and heads for the sand pit. GVL | MICAH HILL



CUTTING THROUGH THE WATER: Parting the water mid-stroke, a GVSU swimmer tries to beat out his opponents during a GVSU Swimming & Diving practice. The men’s and women’s teams both ventured to Indianapolis, Indiana to compete against three different schools total. The men’s team managed to secure one victory and a loss, while the women’s team went 1-2 overall on the day.. GVL | MICAH HILL

GVSU Swimming & Diving teams have mixed results in Indianapolis quad meet BY ROSEMARY BOOHER RBOOHER@LANTHORN.COM

This past Saturday, Jan. 11, the GVSU Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving teams traveled to Indianapolis for the women to compete in a quadruple meet against the Greyhounds, Lindenwood and Davenport, while the men competed against the Greyhounds and Lindenwood. The Laker women won one of the three match-ups, pulling a score of 211-89 against Davenport and losing to the Greyhounds and Lindenwood. The men’s team beat Lindenwood 188-112 and lost to the Greyhounds. On the women’s side, Neta Schiff took two second place titles in the 500-

yard free and the 1,000-yard free, while Delaney Wihebrink took second place in the 100-yard breaststroke. One star swimmer on the men’s side, Oscar Saura Armengol, took the first place title in three races: 200-yard fly, 100-yard fly, and 100-yard free. Alongside Saura Armengol, Harry Shalamon claimed two second place titles and one third, and Jesse Goodyear followed with three third place titles. “I wish we won, but at the same time I’m happy that I got good results and good times,” Saura Armengol said. “People were trying their best and everyone was really cheering for each other.” Despite the few losses this past weekend, the team is still looking up and recovering

from their recent travel from Florida last weekend, Jan. 4 and 5. “We would’ve liked to come away with three wins on the women’s side and two wins on the men’s side, but it wasn’t in the cards today,” said GVSU coach Andy Boyce. “I think we swam and dove well. We probably could’ve done a little better, but we had some heavy training down in Florida and a 24-hour drive back about a week ago.” While in recovery from their rigorous training, the team wants to focus on what they can start working on in practice to improve their results and take that to the championships. Next week, they will be competing against Findlay with some new goals and mindsets for


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the remainder of the season. “Staying focused in our training, continuing to work hard, working on the finer points in the strokes and starts and turns, and we should do very well next week,” Boyce said. “We might’ve been the only school that started school this week so we’ve got a whole new set of things to think about, so getting into that routine as well.” This weekend at the GVSU Fieldhouse pool, the Laker swim & dive teams will take on Findlay Saturday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. With an already stellar season thus far, Boyce has no doubts next week will be a successful meet and bring them one step closer in their season to the GLIAC Championships, starting Feb. 19.








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