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Pew Campus tests air quality following Viant Medical pollution report BY SHILOH REYNOLDS SREYNOLDS@LANTHORN.COM

In response to increased ethylene oxide emissions from Viant Medical Inc. near Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus, university officials hired a private company to complete air quality testing inside four Pew Campus buildings: the Seidman College of Business, the Bicycle Factory, DeVos Center and Winter Hall. Viant Medical Inc. routinely uses ethylene oxide as a means of sterilizing medical devices. Beginning in summer 2018, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) cited the company with multiple violations for failing to properly contain ethylene oxide emissions. During a return inspection by MDEQ in fall 2018, Viant’s emissions were found to exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s acceptable limit by 150 times, according to a report published by MLive News. Exposure to ethylene oxide has been linked to numerous health problems, including respiratory problems, dizziness and nausea. In addition, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor has linked the gas to instances of cancer, including leukemia. However, Air Quality Division Supervisor of MDEQ Robert Sills said that he does not believe there is cause for alarm at the current level of emissions. GVSU officials have been in contact with MDEQ regarding the situation. The decision to go forward with indoor air testing was made after a Feb. 6 meeting between the two parties. Associate Vice President of University Communications Mary Eileen Lyon said that the decision was made to gather information and ensure a safe quality of air on the Pew Campus. SEE TESTS | A2

REFORM & REPRESENTATIVES: Standing beside Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas and Rep. Mary Whiteford, Student Senate President Rachel Jenkin travels to Lansing, Mich. with other student senators Feb. 14 to speak on behalf of further state funding and support for GVSU. COURTESY | MATT MCLOGAN

Delegation negotiates for funding increases from Lansing BY NICK MORAN NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

Student Senate President Rachel Jenkin stands among state legislators, the first student to testify in front of them in 13 years. The Michigan House of Representatives’ University and College Appropriations Subcommittee sits there expecting another speech about the successes of their funded state universities. Instead, she catches them off guard. “One in three of our students goes hungry by having to choose rent, textbooks or tuition over food.

40 percent of our students have reported finances being traumatic or very difficult to handle.” Her goal? Fair state funding. Jenkin, alongside student senators Austin Marsman, Julian Van Daele and Dorian Thompson, accompanied Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas on his Feb. 14 trip to negotiate for further financial support from the state. In his address to the subcommittee, Haas stated that over the course of 56 years, the state has decreased its funding from fulfilling 90 percent of GVSU’s expenses to 17.6 percent

this year. This hit to funding directly affects multiple state facets, such as infrastructure and the economy. “We know that higher education is the pathway to prosperity,” Haas said to the subcommittee. “Yet that pathway in Michigan is full of potholes, with some of its bridges near collapse... We are not part of the problem. We are part of the solution. The return on investment and Michigan’s competitive advantage depends on investing in our human capital.” Jenkin said that the key to the issue are the metrics for funding allocation, which doesn’t consider fair

metrics related to graduation rates, enrollment and retention. The result doesn’t harbor student success, but rather a struggle to fund education. “Universities have grown increasingly transactional,” Jenkin said during her testimony. “Please recognize that we are not selling a product; we are an environment for discovery and curiosity.” Due to this lack of political support, Jenkin said GVSU must either fit into specific metrics and change its current trajectory or suffer from a lack of funding. SEE LANSING | A2


Board of Trustees approves housing, meal plan price increases for 2019-20 school year BY OLIVIA FELLOWS OFELLOWS@LANTHORN.COM

INCREMENTAL INCREASES: Students wait for chicken tenders and fries at the Kleiner Commons. Grand Valley State University’s Board of Trustees voted Feb. 8 to increase the price of housing and meal plans for the next school year. GVL | ANDREW NYHOF

On Friday, Feb. 8, Grand Valley State University’s Board of Trustees approved price increases for oncampus housing and meal plans for the 2019-2020 academic year. The unanimous vote increased housing costs by $17 per semester and main meal plan costs by $50 per semester. The total increase was 2.2 percent — $1.2 million increase overall. The decision by the board was reached following reviews of GVSU’s tuition costs, as well as the costs of facility operations and student employment. Each year, the board addresses the housing and dining rates in February and tuition rates in July. The July date gives the administration time to factor in enrollment numbers for the fall in calculating tuition rates it proposes to trustees. Chairperson Mary Kramer said the choice to raise prices was not without serious consideration of the already high tuition rates in Michigan as well as factoring in debt accumulated through renovations of on-campus facilities and other components. “Besides the hard costs of energy, paying staff (and) buying and preparing food, we have debt of $17 million on new housing that’s already been constructed — plus we’ll be spending almost $6 million for repairs and renovation to housing and dining facilities,” Kramer said. “It’s also important to note that

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the housing and dining departments employ more than 1,000 students.” While these statements may be fear-inducing to many students, GVSU’s increases are lower than tuition hikes and pricing at other Michigan universities. The annual increases at GVSU are $134, compared to $300 average from other in-state universities — a 1.5 percent increase that is less than other five-year university increases of 3.2 percent. The increases were also approved to incorporate student worker and staff raises. Kramer explained that due to the growing numbers of students enrolling at GVSU, price increases were necessary to accommodate the influx of new students. “The inequity in state funding for GVSU leaves us near the bottom of the 15 state universities in terms of the per-student funding we receive,” Kramer said. “Unfortunately, the state legislature has not changed the funding formula for state universities since the 1970s. The formula penalizes us for enrollment growth. We’re hopeful that a new governor and turnover in the state Legislature may soon reconsider how higher education is funded in this state.” The number of students living on campus remained steady this semester at 5,647 compared to 5,650 in 2018 and an additional 100 students signed up for a meal plan this winter. SEE MEALS | A2

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LAKER GUARDIAN APP HOSTS LOGO DESIGN CONTEST In an effort to increase the utilization of Grand Valley State University’s “Laker Guardian” app, Grand Valley Police Department is running a logo design contest open to all current GVSU students. “This contest will allow our students to showcase their talents — not only for those going into visual arts and media, but those students who design or draw as a hobby,” said GVPD Sgt. William O’Donnell. Along with providing students with a chance to expand their portfolio, GVPD’s ultimate goal is to maximize utilization of the Laker Guardian app, which allows students to text or call police at any time, or can provide a virtual “buddy” while you walk alone. The contest ends Friday, March 15, and the winner will be announced a week later on March 22. Entry guidelines are as follows can be found on the GVPD website. All submissions and any questions should be sent to

“Our focus is not on education anymore,” Jenkin said. “It’s on helping you survive with this bill. It’s something that (state legislators) can fix, but they choose not to.” Should the committee consider Haas and Jenkin’s testimonies and allocate

funds to favor GVSU more, students could see noticeable tuition shifts. Jenkin noted that in the past 10 years, state funding has gone down 40 percent and tuition has risen 40 percent. If GVSU attained the same funding as the topfunded university in the state, tuition would drop from $12,484 to $7,490 for an in-state student. For out

of state students, tuition be $10,657 from $17,762. The fact that GVSU students are being sold short should spark conversations, Jenkin said. While the delegation’s visit and strong reception should spark some hope of change, it is a double-edged sword dependent on students taking action. “I truly believe that this work is so much larger than

us going to Lansing,” Jenkin said. “If students are aware of the issues and are talking about them in places other than just (at GVSU), I think there is a lot of hope.” Whether or not the GVSU delegation will have an impact may be seen as early as next month when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reveals her budget recommendation for the state Legislature.


During her first State of the State Address Feb. 12, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made comments that support of local colleges and universities is vital for promoting growth. Whitmer followed those remarks with the proposal of a new scholarship for high school students to achieve higher education. The message mirrors a co-written letter published in “Crain’s Detroit Business” nearly a year ago that features voices from Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas alongside presidents from Ferris State University and Western Michigan University. Following Michigan failing to be the home of Amazon’s second headquarters, the presidents spoke about promoting education. “Education is a public good,” the presidents wrote. “The states with the highest percentage of college graduates (...) are the most prosperous. The states with the fewest college graduates (...) are the poorest. It’s as simple as that.”


The Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (VPDoS) is inviting any enrolled student — undergraduate or graduate — to apply to be a member of the 2019-2020 Vice Provost Student Advisory Board (VSAB). The board will provide feedback and advice directly to the VPDoS about the student experience at Grand Valley State University. Students on the board will meet monthly throughout the academic year to discuss topics facing the institution and of importance to students. Special Projects Coordinator for Student Success and Retention Liz Chase said the board’s perspectives will help the VPDoS consider ways the Division of Student Services can better serve students. Applications open Feb. 18 and close March 15. For more information or to apply, visit

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LEADERS IN LANSING: Grand Valley State University’s funding delegation to Lansing meets with Rep. Bradley Slagh and Rep. Mark Huizenga. The group included the perspectives of student senators Dorian Thompson, Julian VanDaele and Austin Marsman. COURTESY | MATT MCLOGAN



“We do believe the quality of our air is good, but we want to assure the campus community with facts,” Lyon said. The air quality testing on the Pew Campus was carried out by the independent

company Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. this past weekend, with results to be released in the coming weeks. According to Lyon, it cost GVSU approximately $6,000, which will be taken out of the facilities budget. On Thursday, Feb. 7, GVSU staff and faculty received notice of the air quality testing from an

email sent out by Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Maria Cimitile and Vice President for Administrative Services D. Scott Richardson. The message stated that “experts do not believe (ethylene oxide emissions) will be detected in our buildings, but the tests will provide us with the facts.”

In addition to the inside air testing, MDEQ is also conducting more studies of the outside air in the vicinity. They have organized a community meeting set for Wednesday, March 6 in the Eberhard Center to discuss their findings and address residents’ questions and concerns with a subsequent meeting to be scheduled at a later date.

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BREATHING EASILY: Amid concerns about pollution stemming from Viant Medical Inc., Grand Valley State University officials hired a private company to conduct air quality tests in four of its downtown buildings due to their proximity with the medical plant. GVL | ANDREW NYHOF



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Kramer added that the board voted to increase student aid by more than 11 percent for the 2018-2019 school

year due to the cost increases in hopes of taking some of the burden of cost off of students. Kramer hopes that students will find convenience and value in the housing and meal plans they choose, as the price increases have allowed GVSU

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to build many of the new housing units on campus for incoming students, as well as giving more money per paycheck to students who work on campus. “There is a rhythm to the financial decisions we make,”

Kramer said. “Trustees are mindful of the cost of education; that’s why we increased student aid for 2018-19. I don’t think we ever have a board meeting where we don’t discuss the cost of higher education.”

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Honors College establishes diversity task force, seeks to improve inclusion BY MCKENNA PEARISO ASSOCIATE@LANTHORN.COM

In the Fall 2017 semester, 81.9 percent of undergraduate students at Grand Valley State University were white, and minority students make up an even lesser percentage of GVSU’s Frederik Meijer Honors College. Director of the Honors College Roger Giles recently spoke at a student senate meeting about some changes in curriculum, refocusing on issuebased courses and improving diversity. Senate members had plenty of questions and advice for Giles, many focusing on collaboration with campus diversity resource groups. “I enjoyed my visit to the Senate,” Giles said. “Your president, Rachel Jenkin, made the very good point that such an effort is likely to reproduce rather than improve our diversity numbers. She’s right, of course, so we have to be strategic in terms of which high schools we focus on.” The institution has since created an Honors Diversity Task Force, chaired by Honors Academic and Enrichment Advisor Megan Marshal. Goals for the Task Force include gaining a better understanding of the barriers that can prevent ambitious students of color from joining the Honors College and making recommendations to effectively reach out to them. Marshall has assembled the task force to compile faculty, staff and students for a range of experiences. “We want to show that we are a welcoming place for all students and staff,” Marshall said. “The education process within the Honors College might also interrogate the very structures that have historically kept certain people

out. We don’t want to tokenize students, but we know that we need to do better and the task force is the first step in working toward that.” Giles speculates some of these barriers, real and perceived, could be highachieving students of color being offered better scholarships, sometimes even full-ride scholarships, at other universities. This is why the Honors College personally reaches out to minority students who have been accepted to GVSU but have not yet applied to honors, first-year students of color who have done very well in their first semester and participants in December and January scholarship competitions. White students currently make up 88 percent of the Honors College, which is an improvement from the 93 percent majority from five years ago. One issue is the hundreds of GVSU minority students who, for unknown reasons, choose not to apply to the program. “We need to create an Honors College that those students want to be a part of,” Giles said. “One where they see themselves represented in their faculty and in the other students around them, and where they have a chance to learn about the context of their own lives within the curriculum.” Adjustments in the Honors curriculum will begin to shift away from traditional academic subjects to embrace an interdisciplinary approach all four years. This includes demonstrating the importance of inclusion by utilizing broad and interesting topics from a range of disciplinary perspectives. “It’s an exciting and dynamic approach to general education that we hope will appeal to many students, in-

GROWING GROUPS: Honors College Director Roger Giles cited the percentage of minority students in the college as below 18 percent. With numbers below the entire university’s percentage, the Honors College is forming a task force to improve diversity. COURTESY | AMANDA PITTS

cluding minority students,” Giles said. “We want every one of our Honors courses to attend to issues of inclusion as an integral part of course content. Of course we also expect all Honors faculty to practice inclusive teaching strategies, which include many of the high-impact (practices) for which Grand Valley is known.” These courses will be similar to those in the issues discipline in the general education program which are commonly target towards junior level standing students. Besides recruitment and a shift in curriculum, the Honors College is

recognizing the resources available at GVSU to make further improvements in diversity. This includes establishing connections with local community colleges to create a clear path for their Honors minority students into the Honors College and outreach to campus organizations focused on supporting students of color. “Groups like the Asian Student Union, the Black Student Union, Black Excellence, Laker Familia and the Latino Student Union obviously include many outstanding student leaders,” Giles said. “We believe they have a lot to teach

us, and look forward to reaching out to them and starting a productive dialogue about how we can work together.” Giles hopes for immediate improvement to include mirroring the university’s 83 percent white majority and to eventually become a diversity leader at the university. He believes the task force can help steer the institution in a direction for deeper cultural change, recognizing that creating a more diverse community requires a change to the entire culture. Marshall’s initial process of inquiry into the diversity is-

sue will hopefully lead to the kind of thoughtful conversations around cultural issues that create effective recommendations. “We also really want to get the word out that Honors is working to be a more welcoming place,” Marshall said. “That means having conversations with students, faculty and staff throughout the university to help us spread this message. We are hoping for demographic shifts in time, but we want all of our students to learn about complicated realities of our society for the purpose of building a better world.”



From Feb. 4 through March 30, Grand Valley State University will compete in RecycleMania, a nationwide competition challenging all colleges and universities to bring awareness to recycling. “Recycling (should be a) part of your life, it’s not just a one-time thing,” said Waste Management Leader of Campus Sustainability Janet Aubil. The competition is divided up into three different divisions: waste minimization, composting and recycling. GVSU will compete against other schools includ-

ing Harvard, Stanford, University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Ohio State University. Last year, GVSU took eighth place in the competition, recycling 4 million pounds of materials. Aubil said she hopes to improve this year, but the shift in student participation from year to year holds no promises. “It’s hard because I’m getting different students (and) almost reteaching everybody sometimes,” Aubil said. “But we try to go for better (than) the year before.” Aubil credits part of her success to the Office of Sustainability, the Student Environment Coalition, food services and housing for reaching out to stu-

dents. The collaboration makes the competition an all-handson-deck movement. “The office of sustainability is a big help,” Aubil said. “They help me out with their grad students and they’re more connected with all these student groups than I am. I get it started, work with them, and they branch out and hope we can branch out into the whole campus. The food service people help us a lot with composting. All the housing and living centers get involved and try to get the word out to the kids. We try to get everyone else to help us in recycling.” The Student Environ-

ment Coalition volunteers at all home zero-waste football games. After informing students and fans where to put their containers, trash, recyclables and compostable material is weighed in hopes that the environmental friendly options will outweigh the trash. As the accumulation of waste continues to affect wildlife and the oceans, Aubil says recycling has become a necessity. There are many ways on campus students can get involved in the competition. Pay attention to the labels on trash bins to see what materials are recyclable and compostable. Items such as bowls and plas-

tic silverware are compostable. “I know people are busy and students are running from class to class and they just see a container and throw their item in the container, but if they take just two more seconds to see which container to throw it in, it would be a really big help,” Aubil said. Aubil plans to hand out her designed reusable grocery bags, but students can also do small things to help. Coffee in the Kirkhof Center will cost $1 when students bring their own cup. Refilling reusable water bottles at the drinking fountains will save on plastic bottle waste. “To use things like (reusable grocery bags)

and to actually show that you’re using them, (like) when you take the bus to Meijer to get your groceries, you’re coming back on campus with these bags versus plastic bags,” Aubil said. “When you’re sitting at the dining table in the food service area and people get up to (put things) in the trash, speak up and say, ‘That’s compostable.’ Don’t be shy about it.” Aubil’s ultimate goal for GVSU would be to become so sustainable that there would be no need for a garbage truck on campus — only recycling. “We are a teaching facility and that’s just what we try to do with recycling,” Aubil said.

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REDUCE & REUSE: Students participate in the national ReclyleMania competition to minimize waste. COURTESY | RECYCLEMANIA.COM

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Get your vaccinations, protect your community


t a university of almost 25,000, it’s alarming to know that GVSU’s vaccination rates fall below the national average, leaving many at risk to the spread of some previously irradiated infections. While the university does not require vaccinations, just as Michigan’s 12 other universities do not, they do recommend them. In fact, GVSU openly encourages the following vaccines: influenza, MMR, meningitis, meningitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, varicella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, HPV, pneumococcal and polio. It is not enough, however, for a university to just ask this of their community. Parents and individuals across the country must take the timely precautions to vaccinate themselves and their children, in the case of those who can. Director of Simulation at the Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences, Katie Branch, had this to say about vaccinations: “They protect not only the individual, but the entire community by reducing the spread of infectious agents to those who have not been vaccinated or those who cannot be protected by vaccines. For example, individuals allergic to vaccine components or those suffering from illnesses that weaken the immune system, such as cancer.” A strange thing is happening in the world of medicine, according to a 2019 article from the New York Times. Nearly 20 years ago, the health threat measles was believed to be eliminated, but since Jan. 1, ten states have reported cases of measles according to federal health records. Health experts say the rise in vaccine resistance could raise the chances of an outbreak, putting people at risk who cannot be immunized. This resistance is connected to a broader anti-vax movement, with some citing

health concerns and others claiming the same connection to autism that has been previously and widely debunked. Of the 101 confirmed measles cases nationwide, many were located in the western range between Washington and Oregon, where the percentage of residents who declined vaccines is one of the highest in the country. Following the measles outbreak, vaccination rates soared in the areas most affected by the outbreak according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This means there is still some sense when it comes to vaccinations, but it shouldn’t take disease flareup to start to take action. The outbreak in the Pacific Northwest is a direct example of what happens when a clustered population does not get immunized; a health measure which has been verified by doctors for centuries to be both safe and necessary. Those who still require their vaccinations should recognize the risks not being protected by vaccines and the potential harm it can bring their surrounding community. GVSU’s community, with the support from its health services and Student Health and Wellness Task Force, are continuing to voice support for receiving the recommended vaccinations. Informing others on the importance of immunizations and promoting healthy living is also a vital action that should be taken by everyone. The vaccination issue is not one of poor science or health risks, but one of miscommunication and safety. Trusting the science that has helped eradicate infections and find cures for various diseases is essential to keeping our communities healthy. Immunization protects not only the individual but also the community around them, so eat right, do your research, but most of all: get your vaccinations.


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By Xavier Golden

What’s wrong with being confident?


“Excuse me, but crop tops are against the dress code here,” said a female Campus Recreation worker to the girl lifting next to me. “Is there something else you can put on?” The girl in question was wearing high waited leggings and a grey t-shirt that she had tied into a knot. The result: An inch of skin around her waist that showed her belly button. As the conversation continued, her face got red and

her eyes wandered nervously. “Is this really that bad?” she asked, looking down at the sliver of skin between the hems of her shirt and pants. The worker responded that the Rec Center is cracking down on crop tops and that they are prohibited for “health and safety” reasons. The girl looked upset and embarrassed. At first, she unknotted the shirt so no skin was showing, but within five minutes she left the gym altogether. Later, I saw the same Campus Rec worker talking to a fellow employee. She said something along the lines of, “I did it. I asked someone to change.” The other worker responded with a “Good job” and a high five. A few minutes after that conversation, I saw her ask another girl to change. As a witness, I felt angry and disgusted. Telling women to cover up their bodies hardly encourages body love and empowerment. And for health and

safety reasons? You’ve got to be kidding me. Is an inch of skin around the waist really that much more dangerous than the skin on the shoulders, thighs and arms? I’m no expert, but I think not. As a girl who goes to the gym on the daily, I’m constantly surrounded by big dudes with cutoff shirts that show their nipples. So, Campus Rec Center, are you telling me that male nipples are more acceptable than a little bit of female stomach? Why can’t girls wear crop tops if guys can wear cutoffs? I’m tired of the double standard. The Campus Rec dress code states that cutoffs are prohibited. However, I’ve never seen a guy be asked to change, and I don’t see signs that say “No cutoffs” in the entrance to the gym. Instead, I see signs that say “No crop tops.” What makes this whole thing even more ridiculous is that Campus Rec is currently co-hosting “Love Your

Body Week,” which aims to promote healthy body image in the Grand Valley State University community. In a recent Lanthorn article titled “GVSU Recreation to host Love Your Body Week,” Campus Rec Assistant Director of Marketing and Special Events Kayla Cupples says, “As a department, Campus Recreation is looking forward to supporting students and encouraging self-awareness, self-love and positive self-talk in regard to one’s body.” To me, their efforts to stop girls from wearing crop tops is the opposite of encouraging self-love. Ultimately, showing skin should be a woman’s choice. People go to the gym to reach fitness goals and to feel good about themselves. And now you want to punish them for being confident enough to show some skin? This hypocrisy says a lot more about the GVSU Rec Center than it does about those they humiliate.

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“Wait, how much is this gonna cost?” is the thought that runs through my head whenever I go into a grocery store, gas station, Campus Dining location and even my own house. The fear of buying groceries and all the financial problems that come with going to college have hypnotized me into being a penny-pincher. I used to go out to Applebee’s almost every month... more like twice a week. I used to be able to go and eat wherever and whenever I wanted and not have to worry about what food I was going to eat the next day, but then college

happened. I can’t go out to eat whenever I want anymore and neither can most college kids. Don’t let that be an excuse not to eat. College kids need all the help they can get and food is their number one ally. However, it can also be their number one enemy. According to Healthline, not eating enough can cause irritability, anxiety, sleeping issues, muscle weakness, overall low energy and even hair loss! I plan on keeping my hair for as long as possible so I need to get my diet under control. I know that it is hard to find time to cook and the grocery store is too far away and all the ramen noodles are gone and the budget is tight, but don’t focus on the excuses. Focus on these helpful tips instead. Start to create a budget. This will not only help you manage your eating habits better but also your life overall. Set aside an amount for food and the essentials. When that goes out, just be more monetarily conscious and resourceful. One of the things that I took away from personal finance in high school was to always have

an emergency fund. Radio show host and businessman Dave Ramsey suggests $500 but it can be any amount that you believe is enough. The bottom line is to just be smart with you money. Secondly, start to make meals at home. You can make a lot of food that lasts and the key is leftovers. For example, my roommates and I made some tacos a couple of days ago and we still have some left! I am definitely going to grab one right after writing this. The trick is making the most out of what you have. A bag of potatoes can be made into a bowl of mashed potatoes and with just a little salt, pepper, a pot of boiling water, a masher and maybe some garlic, you have yourself a nice meal for later. Lastly, use the resources that are available to you on campus. GVSU has its very own food pantry for any student. It’s called Replenish and there are two locations: in the basement of Kirkhof on the Allendale campus and on the Health Campus in the

Cook-Devos building in room CHS 353. All you need is your student ID! Use your meals as well. I know this sounds redundant but I have probably missed out on at least 20 meals so far at GVSU and I could have easily used them. Most of the time they are just forgotten, so whenever you get a meal ask the cashier if you can check how many you have left. You can use up to four meals a day so plan ahead. If you don’t like what Campus Dining is serving then use a meal at one of the P.O.D. stores. You can get a milk, Pop Tart, yogurt and many other delicious options for just one meal. Don’t let them go to waste! College can seem uncontrollable at times, but one thing that we can control is what, and how, we eat. Eating is one of the most important things in our lives. It should always come before school, work, sports and literally anything else because without it we couldn’t do any of those things! Speaking of that, I have a taco to go devour.




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Student senate resolution puts meal plan reform in spotlight BY JAMES KILBORN JKILBORN@LANTHORN.COM

For many students living on campus, meal plans represent their access to breakfast, lunch and dinner. While there is a variety of different plans, members of Grand Valley State University’s student senate views the costs of these plans as a barrier for some students and seek to address the issue, entertaining the idea of an income-based meal plan for future semesters. Student senator Darwin Harris, a proponent of the income-based meal plan, states that the idea stemmed from past encounters with Replenish, the campus food pantry that services students suffering from food insecurity. He cited a lack of resources and funding as a limiting factor for the food pantry, as it relies on donations and other charitable events in order to remain operational. “Sharalle Arnold - who is the Associate Director of the Center of Women and Gender Equity – does Replenish,” Harris said. “She talked about how Replenish cannot continue to provide for many students because the number of students needing assistance is high and their resources will eventually run out.” Associate Director of Finan-

cial Aid and Scholarships Francesca Golden says that while on-campus meal plans can be a financial burden, the university provides resources for students, such as budgeting assistance and financial aid. “We understand that costs are unique and individual and student situations vary, so we highly encourage students to visit our office to discuss their specific options,” Golden said. “The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships has our financial literacy program, MoneySmart Lakers, available to help students’ budgets. We have a variety of different financial aid options available for students that identify themselves to our office as having a food insecurity.” The current meal plan system for the Fall 2018/Winter 2019 semesters include a 7+ plan which includes seven meals per week, a 14+ plan which includes 14 meals per week and an unlimited plan that offers unlimited meals every week. In terms of price, the middle 14+ plan costs $1,575 per semester and only accounts for two meals per day. Although the unlimited plan only costs $100 more than the 14+ meal plan per semester, Harris said these costs are limiting student access to a recommended three meals per day.

“This is my senior year, and this has been a conversation for the last few years,” Harris said. “Something that came to mind was last year they had a 19+ meal plan, but then they took it away and replaced it with the 10+ meal plan, 14+ meal plan and unlimited hot meals. I’m an RA and I get 14+, but I didn’t have the money to upgrade to the unlimited plan.” Harris states that the students most affected by these costs are likely those who come from low-income backgrounds that may have limited resources in affording current plans. Harris’ proposal would give additional aid to students who are already eligible for Pell Grants through the U.S. Department of Education. “I don’t know that it’d be exactly difficult,” Harris said. “Basically, we designated it for Pell-eligible students, which fall under the umbrella of either first generation students, low-income, students of color, women who have children (and) folks like that.” Associate Vice Provost for Student Services and Director of Housing and Health Services Andy Beachnau states that implementing such a system would face certain challenges due to campus dining and housing being optional for incoming students. Despite this, the prospect of more af-

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Reaching for her burger, a student gets dinner at the Kleiner Commons. A student senate resolution about income-based meal plans aims to tackle food insecurity. GVL | ANDREW NYHOF

fordable meal plans does align with the university’s mission. “Since housing and dining are not required, the model would be challenging to implement given the range of student needs and the complexity of their individual circumstances,” Beachnau said. “Dining options that are affordable and accessible to all students regardless of income is consistent with the university’s mission and values, however.”

Harris sees the role of student senate as a means of guiding discussion toward this issue. He states that university administration has reached out to a number of students who would benefit from the plan and hopes that additional efforts are made in the future. “We’re not the food committee, we’re not Campus Dining, we’re not financial aid,” Harris said. “We’re just bringing this forth, saying this is

something that should be on our radar, this is something you all should be working on.” During their most recent meeting on Thursday, Feb. 14 student senate passed Harris’ resolution following discussion on budgeting, implementation and university values. Next steps include working with Campus Dining and the Center for Women and Gender Equity on a feasible plan.


Grand Valley promotes vaccinations without requirements amid national conversations BY ALLISON RAFFERTY ARAFFERTY@LANTHORN.COM

FEAR OF NEEDLES: A new report revealed that GVSU’s student vaccination rates are below the national average. GVL | ARCHIVES

With an anti-vaccination movement on the rise, the possession of accurate information on vaccines is becoming increasingly in demand across college campuses. The student senate’s Student Health and Wellness Taskforce reported that while Grand Valley State University’s vaccination rates have had an increase since 2014, they still fall below the national average. The report comes from the National College Health Assessment survey results. The survey also reported that some specific vaccinations, such as GVSU’s flu and meningitis student immunization rates, have slightly improved from 2014-2018. What does this mean for GVSU? Director of Simulation at the Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences Katie Branch said that while other states require immunizations to be reported in post-secondary education, Michigan does not. She believes this to be one the possible reasons as to why GVSU’s

vaccination rates reportedly fall below national level. It is not uncommon for universities to not require vaccinations. A benchmark survey taken in 2015 reported that of 12 surveyed universities in Michigan, none required immunizations. “Only some academic programs at GVSU require vaccinations based on clinical site requirements, primarily within the College of Health Professions,” said Amy Campbell, who helps run the Student Health and Wellness Taskforce. Branch explained that these clinical site requirements come from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While GVSU does not require vaccinations, they do encourage them. Within the past few years, GVSU has concerned itself with a multitude of measures to counteract the low vaccination rates. “In 2016, a group from our Wellness Taskforce, along with university experts, developed a list of recommended vaccines for students and was shared

with both students and parents during orientation,” Campbell said. GVSU’s recommended vaccines include: influenza, MMR, meningitis, meningitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, varicella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, HPV, pneumococcal and polio. “(GVSU’s) immunization recommendations for students are based on the American College Health Association’s (ACHA) guideline for immunizations for college students,” Branch said. “The ACHA guidelines follow the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice’s recommendations published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” GVSU is being proactive in the encouragement of student immunizations by having the Student Health Center in Allendale and the Grand Valley Family Health Center in Grand Rapids offer vaccinations. “The Grand Valley Family Health Center also provides outreach vaccination clinics for students on GVSU campuses through-

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out the year,” Branch said. Branch and Campbell expressed the importance of both vaccinations themselves and informing students and parents on the recommended vaccines. “(Vaccinations) protect not only the individual, but the entire community by reducing the spread of infectious agents to those who have not been vaccinated or those who cannot be protected by vaccines,” Branch said. “For example, individuals allergic to vaccine components or those suffering from illnesses that weaken the immune system, such as cancer.” Moving forward with encouraging immunizations, Branch stated that GVSU will promote vaccinations without requiring them. “The GVSU community, including the Student Health and Wellness Taskforce, should and will continue to work collaboratively across campus colleges and service units to expand upon opportunities to inform and remind students and their parents about the importance of immunizations,” Branch said.





The Grand Valley State University Brass Quintet, comprised of four GVSU professors and a visiting performer from Forest Hills, Mich. will perform a short concert for the Arts at Noon series on Feb. 27 at the Cook-DeWitt Center. Alex Wilson teaches trumpet at GVSU, where he received his Bachelor’s degree. Richard Britsch, a French horn professor, has also held the title of Principal Horn of the Grand Rapids Symphony since 1990. Mark Williams served for 22 years in the United States Air Force Band Program before joining GVSU faculty for trombone in 2008. Paul Carlson is currently touring the country with Dallas Brass as well as being an assistant professor of tuba and euphonium.


The GVSU Concert Band will perform their first concert of the semester this week, including pieces by Richard Strauss, Leonard Bernstein and Frank Ticheli. The band will be joined by the GVSU Faculty Brass Quintet for one piece and music education student Zac Thompson will conduct a selection after the intermission. While the concert band is largely composed of music majors, many non-music majors participate to broaden their musical talent. The band aims to share historical music with its listeners and challenge its members through new music. Associate professor of music John Martin, who also directs the marching band, will conduct the concert band on Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Louis Armstrong Theatre. The concert is free to attend.


Professional pianist Stephanie Wu will perform a guest recital and masterclass open to all GVSU students on March 12. Wu began her piano education with her mother, later performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at 12. She has appeared as a soloist with more than eight orchestras and regularly collaborates with other musicians. With Bachelor and Master degrees in Piano Performance, Wu has taught at more than four schools, including Ohio University and The Juilliard School. She currently teaches at Geneva Conservatory of New York, where she has been for nine years. The masterclass and recital will take place in the Sherman Van Solkema Hall, with the masterclass at 9 a.m. and the recital at 7:30 p.m.


The Modern Languages and Literatures Department is calling for interested students to perform poems and songs in a language of their choice for an International Water Celebration performance. Selected poems and songs should focus on water. Interested students should contact language professor Isabelle Cata at The deadline to register is Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. and can be done by emailing with the selected language. The performance will take place April 3 at the Cook DeWitt Center at 6 p.m.

SPOTLIGHT: Leading actresses Mikayla Berghorst and Elise Endres take the stage as Ruth and Eileen, sisters who move to New York to follow their dreams. GVSU’s production of “Wonderful Town” ran for several weekends in February and featured student actors. GVL | BEN HUNT

Grand Valley Opera Theatre showcases ‘Wonderful Town’ BY JACOB CRESWELL ARTS@LANTHORN.COM

On Friday, Feb. 15, Grand Valley State University’s Opera Theatre presented “Wonderful Town,” a production originally created by composer Leonard Bernstein and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. GVSU’s run of the productions began the weekend of Feb. 8 and wrapped the following weekend on Feb. 17. “The fizzy, festive, cocktail is about the lighthearted, sweet and funny quality of the music and the jokes,” Schriemer said. The swinging show tunes of

the musical depict the effervescent charm of New York City, wrapped up in the story of two sisters chasing their dreams. “Watching student performers learn how to land jokes, sing great songs, do jazzy little dance numbers and creating friendships among the cast is the most exciting thing about this whole process,” Schriemer said. Schriemer explained that a production of this caliber required a lot of hands on help — which meant recruiting very large cast and crew. “Twenty-five student performers are on stage, twentyfive musicians are in the pit and another twenty work

backstage on the production elements,” Schriemer said. The lead actresses in this production are Mikayla Berghorst, who plays Ruth, and Elise Endres, who plays Eileen. Schriemer described these two characters as “sisters from Columbus Ohio who go to NYC to seek their fortunes,” elaborating on their mishaps along the way. “Through a series of funny, awkward and silly situations they finally find success and happiness and they begin their new lives,” Schriemer said. Auditions for these productions are typically open to all students. Live theater is a group effort that thrives

best with a diverse team that can think outside of the box, so students in any program are encouraged to keep an eye out for audition postings. Schriemer stated that music majors generally make up the majority of cast and crew members. “Wonderful Town” has seen Broadway showings and has been covered by The Wall Street Journal. The production, originally based off of a 1953 novel, was revived for Broadway showings in 2003 by Bernstein, Comden and Green. The revival ran from 2003 to 2005 and was nominated for several theatre awards.


GV exhibit discusses water crises in Flint and El Salvador BY ARIE NIENHUIS ARTS@LANTHORN.COM

Since the dawn of civilization, humans have had to continuously improve the way we access, supply and sanitize water. Today, between the crisis in Flint, the disproportionate control of water resources in Africa and lack of proper sanitation in developing coun-

tries like Ghana and Nepal, it’s clear that this remains a challenge for humans today. In an effort to garner more attention, support and solutions, Grand Valley State University is currently hosting an exhibit which addresses these issues. “Water: Human Right or Commodity?” is an exhibit organized by GVSU social work professors Steven Smith and

Mirta Paola Leon with the help of graduate students Lainah Hanson and Summer Mendez, all of whom believe water to be a core human right. Working together as a group led them to create a cohesive and poignant comparison of the water crises in Flint and El Salvador. The exhibit features a large collection of images from each of the locations, as well

as text-based supplements describing the events and details of the problems facing each community. Although the issues in Michigan and Central America are different in their core traits, the exhibit seeks to highlight the parallels between these two communities to foster a connection. “In Flint, the water crisis is sourced from human pol-

CRISIS: A researcher holds a sample of water from the making of the exhibit “Water: Human Right or Commodity?” Professors Mirta Paola Leon and Steven Smith partnered with graduate students to document the water quality issues in both Flint and El Salvador. COURTESY | GVSU

lution, whereas El Salvador is facing both scarcity and pollution,” Mendez said. “Water connects us all and we all need water to survive, so we thought that Flint shares some of the same problems as El Salvador. The parallel exists in the contamination and infrastructure (in both communities). And of course, the overall discussion is the decision of whether or not water is a human right or commodity.” Although GVSU exists in a community far from El Salvador, the university’s close proximity to Flint creates a connection between those here and far away. Smith shared some thoughts on how this exhibit contributes to the overall discussion of the issues rooted in water today. “I think that what we forget is the commonality we have with different groups of people around the world,” Smith said. “We have similar water scarcity issues as other communities, and we all worry about whether or not we will have enough water as

we progress. I think that the whole point of this exhibit is to broaden people’s horizons to see beyond what’s going on in our backyard.” The professors and students have made sure to make this exhibit accessible as possible, both for students interested in learning or helping directly. Featuring a Spanish translation written by Mendez, bilingual students were certainly kept in mind. A number of charitable organizations are also identified for those looking to give back. “I think that (this exhibit) is a nice collection of images that draw people in, and the way (Mendez and Hanson) have structured this exhibit around themes draws people into the narrative,” Smith said. “(The exhibit) is a great way to educate yourself on this issue, much better than whatever you read on your phone.” “Water: Human Right or Commodity” will be available to view until June 21 at the Blue Wall Gallery in the DeVos Center Building B.


Local LGBT history explored in ‘Stories of Summer’ exhibit BY SARAH EDGECOMB ARTS@LANTHORN.COM

While the harsh winter has canceled classes and left students dreaming of warmer weather, Grand Valley State University’s Kutsche Office of Local History has planned an exhibit to remind students of sunnier days ahead and provide a historical view of the local LGBT community. The “Stories of Summer” series features photographs of summer memories throughout the history of Douglas and Saugatuck, two Michigan towns who acted as a safe space for LGBT youth, accompanied by informational text. After receiving a National Endowment for the Hu-

manities Common Heritage grant, the Kutsche Office of Local History partnered with the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center to compile a collection of the towns’ pasts, including photographs, postcards, slides and oral histories. While the exhibit touches on tourism along the lakeside, it hones in on the minority communities that found acceptance in Saugatuck and Douglas, becoming known as a “home for all,” according to the Kutsche Office of Local History. The exhibit largely includes photos from the Cold War era, a time that was particularly dangerous for the LGBT community; the acceptance found in Douglas and Saugatuck marked them as popular safe spaces. Director of Kutsche Of-

fice of Local History Kim McKee said that the exhibition captures the voices of both residents and seasonal visitors through more than 30 oral histories and 2,000 digitized artifacts. “The project was designed to chronicle the area’s evolution through its turbulent post-war growth of tourism and concurrent rise as a lakeshore destination for the LGBT community,” McKee said. “The exhibit reflects the stories shared with us as part of the project and documents everyday life in the twin lakeshore destinations.” To sort through the content, first-year graduate student Mollie VanOrsdol was hired on as curator. VanOrsdol sifted through thousands of memorabilia and 40 hours of oral histories, selecting which ones should be in-

cluded in the exhibit. She was drawn to the exhibit due to her upbringing and personal experience with the towns. “My interest in Stories of Summer is rooted in growing up in west Michigan, and enjoying time in Saugatuck and Douglas,” VanOrsdol said. “I was also drawn to the project because I grew up in a small town, and so to be involved as Saugatuck and Douglas bring their story to a larger audience was an opportunity I was very honored to be a part of.” VanOrsdol also collaborated with graphic design student Sydney Schurig, who designed what the boards would look like completed with pictures and text. “This experience was absolutely wonderful. I have never done anything remotely like

this, and I am very grateful,” VanOrsdol said. “Stories of Summer” will be on display in the Mary Idema Pew Library Exhibition Space

until Thursday, March 14, and will be transferred to the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center’s Old School House on Wednesday, June 12.

HISTORY: The “Stories of Summer” exhibit features history of the LGBT community in Saugatuck and Douglas. GVL | EMILY MODLOFF






The Grand Valley State men’s tennis team defeated Indiana Tech, 6-1, on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Premier Athletic & Tennis club in Grandville, Mich. The Lakers improve to 2-0 on the spring season. The Lakers scored first after they swept the Warriors in doubles play, with Sebastien Lescoulie and D.J. Colantone winning 6-2 from the No. 1 pairing, Jack Geissler and Martin Matov winning 6-3 from the No. 2 spot, and Nicholas Urban and Jack Dausman winning 6-4 from the No. 3 doubles position. GVSU also took five out of the six singles matches, with Lescoulie, Geissler, Matov, Colantone and Urban all winning from their respective positions. GVSU will hit the road next week as they travel to Southfield, Mich. to take on Lawrence Tech on Saturday, Feb. 23, before returning home the following day for a match against Walsh at the Premier Athletic & Tennis Club in Grandville.


The Grand Valley State women’s tennis team defeated Indiana Tech, 7-0, on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Premier Athletic & Tennis club in Grandville, Mich., improving to 12-2 on the season. GVSU got off to a hot start in doubles, sweeping the Lakers in the top three doubles spot. Madison Ballard and Marija Leko won 6-1 from the No. 1 position, Marily Canellopoulos and Vera Griva won 6-1 from the No. 2 position, and Nicole Heiniger and Livia Chritsman winning 6-0 from No. 3 doubles. Ballard, Griva, Leko, Canellopoulos and Hanover each won in singles from the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5, respectively. Katarina Samardzija also won 6-0, 6-0 from the No. 6 singles position. GVSU’s final home match will be Sunday, Feb. 24, at 5:30, hoting Walsh at the Premier Athletic & Tennis Club in Grandville. The Lakers will also honor their five seniors as well.


The Traverse City Pit Spitters baseball organization will host the 2019 GLIAC Baseball Tournament, which is set to take place May 8-12. “We’ve been looking for a minor league park that could fit us into their schedule, and Traverse City is the perfect fit,” GLIAC Commissioner Kris Dunbar said. “Minor league baseball is known for providing great facilities and a fun experience to its players and spectators. We want to do the same for our student-athletes.” The GLIAC has transitioned to artificial turf fields for its baseball and softball tournaments, due to unpredictable spring weather. Both tournaments were impacted by rain in 2018, but were ultimately completed. If the tournaments had been held on natural turf fields they would have been cancelled or shortened.

LARGER THAN LIFE: Grand Valley State junior Cassidy Boensch uses her massive reach to outstretch over a Wisconsin Parkside player for an easy bucket in the middle of the lane at the Fieldhouse Arena. Boensch, who recently scored her 1,000th career point, had 38 points and 23 rebounds against SVSU. GVL | SHEILA BABBITT

Cassidy Boensch, Lakers sweep season series with SVSU and Northwood BY BRADY MCATAMNEY EDITORIAL@LANTHORN.COM

If Cassidy Boensch was not already on the radar for Division II Player of the Year for whatever reason, she surely is now. The junior center led the Lakers into Saginaw, Mich. on Thursday, Feb. 14 to take on their rival Saginaw Valley State Cardinals who they dispatched with ease behind the dominant play of Boensch, who turned in one of the most eye-popping stat lines in program history, scoring 38 points with 23 rebounds and four blocks in only 26 minutes on the floor. “It’s unreal. It’s humbling to be a part of this,” Boensch said. “I say it all the time, my teammates make my job so easy, and they couldn’t have done it better tonight. They just make every pass and I have a lay-in. The ball couldn’t have been delivered to me

any better, all credit to them.” The Lakers defeated the Cardinals 84-54 before beating the Northwood Timberwolves 87-73 in Midland, Mich. on Saturday, Feb. 16 during what was a close game before a 33-point fourth quarter from GVSU. Boensch, who made 16 of her 23 shot attempts and hauled in 10 offensive rebounds against SVSU, also scored 17 points with eight rebounds and five blocks in the Saturday game – strong numbers that appear dwarfed by the monster showing two nights prior. She is now averaging 20.4 points per game on 59.7 percent shooting with 12.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game. Despite being the standout performer, Boensch was not the only Laker to put on a show during the weekend: guard Natalie Koenig detonated for 24 points against Northwood on 9-12 shooting, making five of her six three-point attempts with

four assists and three steals and forward Maddie Dailey scored 21 points with five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in the same game. “Our players showed a great deal of confidence,” said head coach Mike Williams following the win at Northwood. “They didn’t get rattled… Our kids held their composure really well. I think our kids always play hard and I think they always play really smart, but we just didn’t get rattled. They’re just always thinking ‘we’ve got this.’ You stay the course, you stay with it. I thought they did a good job.” The Lakers trailed the Timberwolves after the first quarter and managed to tie the game going into halftime before finally pulling away in the fourth quarter. Things may have been far more difficult for Williams once Boensch had to sit early after getting in foul trouble if it weren’t for his gritty reserves. “It can be (difficult),” Williams

said. “It’s the next person up. Someone goes down, it’s the next person up. I think our players have done a good job in that. They work in practice, they work while they wait and I think that they’re ready when time’s called.” With only three home games remaining, the Lakers finish their regular season road game slate at 11-1. They are now 23-2 overall and 16-1 in the GLIAC, good for first place in the league after having clinched a top-four seed in March’s conference tournament. They will finish up the end stretch of their schedule by welcome a pair of Upper Peninsula schools, first hosting the Northern Michigan Wildcats (19-6, 14-3 GLIAC) on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. before playing the Michigan Tech Huskies (18-7, 14-3) on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. as part of GVSU’s “Sawyers Day Fauxback” event.


Lakers beat SVSU, Northwood on final road trip of the season BY KELLEN VOSS SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

After a rather rough week, the Grand Valley State men’s basketball team got things back on track this week in their final

road trip of the season, beating Saginaw Valley State 81-64 on Thursday, Feb. 14 before defeating Northwood two days later with 67-63. The double-digit win for the Lakers on Thursday marks their

VARSITY SCHEDULE MEN’S BASKETBALL Home, Thursday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m., Northern Michigan Home, Saturday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m., Michigan Tech WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Home, Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m., Northern Michigan Home, Saturday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m., Michigan Tech MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD Away, GLIAC Indoor Championships, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24, at SVSU

IF LOOKS COULD KILL: GVSU junior Hunter Hale puts on a game face and looks to defend the inbounds pass at the Fieldhouse Arena. GVL | SHEILA BABBITT

second time beating the Cardinals this season, sweeping SVSU and continuing to rise to victory in the ‘Battle of the Valleys’. The total team effort on Valentine’s Day helped lead the Lakers to victory, as 22 points from Jake Van Tubbergen, 19 from Hunter Hale and 17 from Jeremiah Ferguson helped crush the hearts of Cardinal fans. Wins this late in the season are essential for GVSU, being that they are stuck smack dab in the middle of the GLIAC. Ending the season with strong wins such as this can help the Lakers earn momentum and secure their spot in the GLIAC tournament and keep their playoff dreams alive. “We’re excited to get any GLIAC win, especially on the road,” said head coach Ric Wesley. “We had a tough week last week, but we came back strong this week, and it made me feel like we still got a lot of fight left in us.” That fight and desire to win carried over into Saturday’s win against Northwood. Although the Lakers finished the first half down 10 points, they dug themselves out of that hole effectively thanks to holding the Timberwolves to 33 percent shooting in the second half and making all their key free throws down the stretch. “We haven’t always played well late in games, but we certainly have been as of late. We were really outstanding late, with Hunter (Hale) going six-for-six at the line down the stretch,” Wesley said. “Our defense was really the story of the day, because when our

offense sputtered, our defense kept us in it and gave us a chance.” Van Tubbergen had another solid game against Northwood, tallying 14 points and seven rebounds to go along with 21 points from Hale to lead the Lakers to victory. Despite having a bit of roller coaster year, Wesley is excited to the reigning GLIAC Freshman of the Year develop into a key player for GVSU late in games. “Jake has had a good week for us,” Wesley said. “In the second semester of his sophomore year, hopefully this is the time things kick in and it all comes together for him, as he was able to get us tough buckets down the stretch.” With the two wins, GVSU improves to 14-11 on the year and 8-9 in the conference and look to improve that on that record this week with two more key GLIAC matchups, as they head back home to play Northern Michigan on Thursday, Feb. 21 before facing Michigan Tech on Saturday, Feb. 23. “It’s February, so it’s not the time of year you want to be searching for answers,” Wesley said. “Hopefully we can keep the momentum coming back home, we got a nice stretch at the end with our students and fans behind us, and it’s important to end the season on a strong note.” Thursday’s game will be military appreciation night, as the game will start at 8 p.m. Michigan Tech’s game will feature the Lakers going back in time to be the Sawyers for the weekend, as they will tip-off with Michigan Tech at 3 p.m.



Lakers DII club hockey loses 8-2 against top-ranked Aquinas at Van Andel Arena BY ELI ONG SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

RACE FOR THE PUCK: Grand Valley State DII club hockey player Austin Koleski pursues for the puck, attempting to outrace an Aquinas defender at the Georgetown Ice Center. GVL | KATHERINE VASILE

Lakers DII club hockey loses 8-2 against top-ranked Aquinas at Van Andel Arena By Eli Ong ( The setting felt right, the energy felt right and even the first period felt right; but after that, nothing else was quite ‘right.’ The Grand Valley State University Men’s DII club hockey team traveled to downtown Grand Rapids to face-off against the ACHA Central’s top-ranked team, the Aquinas Saints on Friday, Feb. 15. While the Lakers got off to a fast start and took an early lead 1-0 on a goal by sophomore forward Danny DeBlouw, the rest of the game left much to be desired. The second period was an onslaught, as the Saints poured in six goals during the second period on their way to an 8-2 steamrolling of the Lakers Friday night. “We had maybe our best period of the season and followed it up with our worst,” said head coach Carl Trosien. “Aquinas came out with a chip on their shoulder and took it to us. The biggest thing between the first and second period was our comfort level.” GVSU out-shot Aquinas 14-10 in the first, out-hustling and out-grinding the

Saints to the puck and using their opponent’s over-aggressiveness to their advantage as the Lakers had several opportunities to attack the Aquinas net in transition. Then the wheels fell off as GVSU came out soft throughout the second period. The Lakers were consistently caught out of position on defense and played sloppily on offense, committing a number of costly turnovers that led to several of the Saints goals in the second. “There was definitely a lack of effort on our part,” said junior forward Randy Stoever. “That and a lack of adaptation really cost us tonight.” There were highlights to the game outside of the second period for the Lakers. If you take away the second period, the score was tied between the Lakers and Saints 2-2 with GVSU out-shooting Aquinas 28-20 between the first and third periods. “We just need to work all throughout the game and be better throughout all three zones,” Trosien said. “We need to get a better effort across the board.” While the lopsided loss may be a stumbling block for the Lakers, Trosien is optimistic that the Lakers have begun to find a rhythm as the postseason nears. “I think we’ve all finally

bought into each other, into the program,” Trosien said. “We’ve had our nights where we couldn’t go out and get X, Y, and Z done and then we’ve had nights where we went out and executed our goals.” That execution had become more common of late as the Lakers were on a six game winning streak before the loss. “I think we’ve finally found our rhythm between our lines,” said senior defenseman Nick Beers. “We’re finally to a point where we’re rolling a little bit and hopefully that can carry over to the playoffs.” After the Lakers finished their regular season with 16-10-1 record, they will advance to the ACHA Regional Tournament that occurs March 1-3 in Minneapolis. GVSU will enter the tournament as a six seed looking to advance to the ACHA National Tournament for the 15th time in 16 years. “We’ve got a lot of teams that are starting to string together runs in the central, Aquinas and Adrian are starting to put together a couple nice runs,” Trosien said. “We’re on 14 out of 15 after last year’s upset and we have to decide how much we want to make it 15 out of 16 and not become the first GVSU team to miss the national tournament two years in a row.”

STICK IT TO YOUR MAN: Sophomore DII club hockey player Avery Hill looks ahead and tries to find an open teammate to pass to up the ice at a game at the Georgetown Ice Center. GVL | KATHERINE VASILE

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Jessica Radice reflects on last season while training for what comes next BY KADY VOLMERING SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

The Grand Valley State women’s soccer team impressed the world of Division II soccer this past year, going the entire season with zero losses and only one tie. The Lakers earned their spot in the national championship

game in December, where they lost their first and only match but still emerged from a successful season. National recognition is only one of many things the team achieved. Led by senior teammates such as Madz Ham and Tara Lierman, the Lakers’ success was consistent until the very last game of the sea-

son, solidifying their status as a powerhouse in both the GLIAC and NCAA brackets. One player who stood out was sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Radice. She started all 27 games for the Lakers and made her home in the goal with 30 saves and earned a spot at national-best with 18 shutouts. “It was a really unique ex-

CLEAR FOR TAKEOFF: Grand Valley State sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Radice looks to collect a ball in front of her net and clear it at the GVSU Soccer Field in Allendale, Mich. GVL | DAN PACHECHO

perience compared to my freshman season,” Radice said. “We had some big names my freshman year, so this year we went into the season with some nerves, but also excitement to have such a young team.” Most of the 2018 roster contained freshman and sophomores, with only a handful of seniors and one junior. Despite the large amount of underclassman on the team, the Lakers dominated their opponents and certainly had fun doing so. Radice attributed the team’s success to head coach Jeff Hosler and the rest of the coaching staff, who made the team feel welcomed, prepared and ready to play their hearts out. Radice said that this season was different than the experience she had her first year and was definitely more exciting as she took on more leadership. “We definitely went in with the mentality that every game is just a game, and everyone was going to play us the best they could,” Radice said. “It was huge to know that, just because we wear the GV logo, it

doesn’t mean that everything is going to be easy, if anything it’s going to be harder.” In order to create such success that the team did, they needed to play cohesively as one. As goalie, Radice is one of the biggest communicators on the field. The entire team relies on her direction. “You have to communicate with the defense, and really everyone else on the field,” Radice said. “We have such a phenomenal defense, so I don’t get as much action, especially this season, so they had to rely on me for other things, like communicating. It also helped me show that I was still committed to the team.” In anticipation for next season, Radice and the Lakers have been working out through the winter. With open turf and other lifting sessions to stay in shape, the girls have continued to work toward their common end goal: winning the Division II National Championship. Radice says that the team stays focused using the mindset of taking it one day at a time, one thing at a time, one sprint

at a time. Along with the team goals, though, Radice has some personal goals of her own. “I’ll be staying in Allendale over the summer working, and I’ll still be able to have access to turf,” Radice said. “Last year I trained with Midwest club, so I might be able to pick up and play there. I also have individual stuff to work on, like maintaining my fitness, lots of running and getting touches on the ball.” Looking into the future, Radice is looking forward to the competition she’ll face in her final two years as a Laker. Radice says that the team is very competitive and expects the energy to increase in the 2019 season. The addition of two more coaches on staff will also bring a new element to the team. “Working toward the national championship is definitely something we focus on and want to earn,” Radice said. “There’s going to be a lot of competition, and we’re going to be fighting every minute toward that end goal. It’s an atmosphere I’m really excited to be a part of.”


GVSU Tune-Up Meet honors senior class and prepares team for championship season BY JEROD FATTAL SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

The 28 seniors of the men’s and women’s track and field teams competed for the last time inside the Kelly Family Sports Center on Friday, Feb. 16 in the GVSU Tune-Up Meet. During their four years repping Laker blue, the heralded

senior class earned 32 AllAmerican honors, 61 GLIAC Championships, eight NCAA Regional Championships, three individual and team national titles, and more than 100 academic awards. “This senior class brought a wide variety of student athletes,” said head coach Jerry Baltes. “Who brought positive

results both on the track and as leaders, mentors, and teammates (off the track).” With the GLIAC Championships at SVSU only one week away, both the men’s and women’s teams took Friday as an opportunity to rest some of their athletes, including hurdler Tiara Wiggins and sprinter Angelica Floyd on the

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women’s side. Distance runner Zach Panning and sprinter Jordan Johnson also rested on the men’s team, allowing an opportunity for the remainder of the team to step up. “We focused on training this week,” Baltes said. “We didn’t want to waste a race effort this week, when we are going to need great races next week. We had a lot of young kids who were fighting it out with each other to earn one of the final GLIAC (championship) spots.” The meet kicked off for the women’s team in the 60m hurdles, with Jessica Gustad taking second place, followed by a first-place finish by Kelani Benson in the 60m dash. Later in the meet, Tanya Kimbrough earned a bronze medal in the 200m dash, circling the track in 25.97 seconds. Cassidy Terhorst and Abbey Clasen rounded out the sprinting events, finishing in first and third despite only being separated by .09 seconds in the 400m dash. Despite resting a good portion of their distance crew, the team still had four athletes make it to the podium in the distance events, starting with Sarah Rustmann in the 800m dash, who earned a silver medal. In the one mile, Madison Goen and Rachel Webb finished the race in 5:01.89 and 5:04.93 seconds, winning silver and bronze medals in the

process. The only first-place finish in the distance events came from Holly McKinney in the 3000m, finishing in 10:22.77 seconds. In the field events, Alexis Duncan (5.83m) and Tabor Gleason (4.03m) finished first in the long and high jumps. The jumping events finished their strong showing in the triple jump, where Anna Obi and Alex Reeves jumped 11.56 and 11.34m, earning first and second place. The throwing events proved once again to be a strong point for this team with Erika Lechner and Emma Richards taking first and second place in shot put, with throws of 13.57 and 13.38m. The only sweep of the day came in the weight throw, where Judith Essemiah (18.04m) and Franesh Robinson-Mitche (17.22m) took second and third. The strongest performance came from Bobbie Goodwin, who threw a career-best 19.54m, earning first place. “It doesn’t do much good to perform your best at the first meet of the year,” Baltes said. “It’s good to see her coming around at this point in the season.” Milton Toliver finished the day strong for the men’s team on the track with second-place finish in the 200m, circling the track in 22.52 seconds. Operating at full strength, the throws department put

on a clinic in the shot put, sweeping the event with Justin Scavarda (17.34m), Brad Warman (16.07m), and Tommy Cwiok (15.68m) taking first, second and third places. Scavarda also placed in the weight throw, along with Hunter Harding with throws of 19.11 and and 18.80m, earning second and third. The only other sweep of the day came in pole vault, where vaulters Marcus Lubbers (4.73m), Andrew Koenigsknecht (4.63m) and Michael Martin (4.63) took first through third. In the jumping events, Kyle Sawyer, Mac Mitchell and Ryan Mount all took home silver medals in the long, triple and high jumps with leaps of 6.76m, 13.53m and 1.98m. The strongest jump of the day came from Hunter Weeks, who jumped a career best in the high jump (1.98m) and finished first. “He’s been struggling a little bit lately,” Baltes said. “So it was great to see him get back to where he knew and we knew he could be at.” The Lakers now have their sights are set on winning the GLIAC Championship. “We go to compete to win,” Baltes said. “We want to keep the titles going.” The men’s and women’s teams will challenge for the GLIAC crown next week on Saturday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Conference Championships, hosted by SVSU.

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UP AND OVER: GVSU track & field athlete Hunter Weeks arches his back and extends his body to clear the pole at the apex of his jump at the Kelly Family Sports Center this past week. GVL | BEN HUNT



Fauxback SAWYERS FOR THE DAY: GVSU Basketball players Maddie Dailey (left), Zach West (center) and Kindred Williams (right) sport their new uniforms, as they look forward to being the GVSU Sawyers for one day only on Saturday, Feb. 23. The 23-2 women’s team will play conference foe Michigan Tech at 1 p.m., while the 14-11 men’s team will follow them at 3p.m. at the Fieldhouse Arena. COURTESY | GVSULAKERS.COM

History of the Sawyers and how GVSU’s newest event came together BY KELLEN VOSS SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

When looking at the GVSU athletic schedule, there are not a ton of events that get students and fans from all across Michigan to support the Grand Valley State Lakers. In the fall, there is always a traditional homecoming game, but there has never been a similar event in the winter... ... Until now. In an effort to draw out students, alumni, faculty and fans, Deputy Director of Athletics Doug Lipinski and GVSU Atheltics are holding a ‘Fauxback’ on Saturday, Feb. 23. For one day only, the Lakers will become the Sawyers, a proposed mascot for the university in 1969, and both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will sport new uniforms

and warm-up shirts to match with the event. For a special event like this to take place, it can’t just be planned and executed in eight weeks. Lipinski and various others in the athletic department have been tossing this idea around for three years and are excited to see it finally come into fruition and promote the history of what could have been. “We have an interesting story here at Grand Valley related to how it was developed back in the day and what a Laker is. We don’t have too much nautical stuff on campus, so it doesn’t overtly hit you on a campus as a student, unlike maybe the Spartans which is a tough guy going to battle,” Lipinski said. “Grand Rapids used to be called furniture city, the logging community in west Michigan was big,

there was a mill right here on the Grand River and you have to have lumber to make furniture. This is all a way to have fun for us. We don’t have anything in the winter semester, we essentially want to make this a winter homecoming.” Lipinski stresses that students don’t have to be fans of basketball to participate in the event, as almost every student on campus has flannel to wear and Sawyer merchandise featuring the Lumberjack-like mascot are being sold both through the Laker store and through the GVSU athletics page. Included with the event will be an opportunity for incoming fans to enjoy a beer garden, where they will get a chance to sample craft beer from all around Michigan. The garden will open at 10 a.m. and $25

can buy a 21+ fan three drink tickets, a Sawyers Hat and a ticket to see both Laker teams in action. A festivital like this is not planned overnight either, as Lipinski explains. “There’s some logistical stuff, but it’s not that difficult. We rent a tent, get approval from the university who have been so helpful, we’ll have security there and people checking to make sure we’re only serving drinks to those 21 and up,” Lipinski said. “It will a heated, enclosed tent and it’s limited to 200 tickets, so it’s very controllable. We have our checks and balances in place. It’s not tailgating, so it’s much easier for us from a control mechanism.” Working with Ricabaugh Graphics out of Columbus, Ohio, Lipinski was able to help design the unique checkered jerseys for the event and

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cert and an expanded beer garden. Ultimately, he wants to give the students a chance to gather and have fun while supporting GVSU Athletics. “I think it would be awesome if it became a winter homecoming. There are a lot of creative people on campus. Get multiple offices involved - student life and other folks — and in the future, maybe there’s performances from GVSU students, and it makes sense to wear flannel in the winter,” Lipinski said. “I think it’s something we can add on to from a retention standpoint. As long as there’s not a state of emergency, we’re going to have a basketball game inside where it’s climate controlled, why not have some fun with it?”

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would love to see students come out as a chance for them to de-stress from school and have fun for a couple hours. “It’s a fake throwback, but it’s fun. You have to put a lot of education into it, explain what it is, why are we doing this and, once you get through that, you can build things around it.” Lipinski said. “It’s very light. Nowadays, our students are under a lot of pressure. The world has changed, mental health issues are up over the past few years. This is a de-stressor; something light and easy for students to walk across their dorm come over for a couple hours, throw a flannel on, have some fun, let’s do it because we want our students to enjoy it.” In future years, Lipinski would love to see this event expand, with a possible con-

GVSU is changing our name from Lakers to Sawyers for one day: February 23rd. The men's and women's basketball teams will be wearing faux back jerseys along with warmup and sideline gear for our double header a g a i n s t M i c h i g a n T e c h. Wear flannel to the game and use the hashtag #feartheflannel

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