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DeVos Center wedding construction kept under wraps BY MCKENNA PEARISO ASSOCIATE@LANTHORN.COM

Fire at Copper Beech Townhomes deemed accidental, no serious injuries reported TORCHED TOWNHOME: Firefighters from three local fire departments pack up equipment following an initial investigation of a fire at Copper Beech Townhomes. Fire Lt. Scott Harkef initially deemed the fire an accident, with the cause being a small propane torch being left on before catching the room on fire. GVL | NICK MORAN BY NICK MORAN & KELLEN VOSS NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

Fire departments from Allendale, Georgetown and Blendon townships responded to an apartment unit on fire shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 in GVSU off-campus apartment Copper Beech Townhomes. The team arrived to flames coming from the third floor of a middle housing unit before putting out the flames within 30 minutes, according to witnesses.

Fire Lt. Scott Harkef said that the fire was quickly contained, only damaging one unit. No serious injuries were reported, but residents of the complex were kept outside for nearly two hours while the scene was cleared. “Residents were home at the time of the fire,” Harkef said. “They were alerted by smoke detectors. They tried to extinguish it themselves, but once they realized it was too big, they got out and started alerting tenants of the building next door.”

Harkef said the cause of the fire seemed to be a small propane torch used to light candles. The resident failed to turn off the flame before it caught the room on fire. An investigation is still pending, which aims to be completed within a week. Harkef said that while the department still needs to conduct an investigation, he is confident that the situation was accidental. Ryan Hein, a building resident, said that he wasn’t aware of the fire until other residents alerted him and

his roommates — a trend that other displaced residents attested to. “I heard this loud shattering noise and I didn’t really think anything of it – I thought something fell and broke,” Hein said. “My girlfriend called me because her and her roommate saw the smoke and said to come outside. So, I came out and (the) room was engulfed in flames. It was kind of crazy.” SEE FIRE | A2

Grand Valley State University is host to many events and receptions each year, including weddings, as its various campuses offer exclusive settings and exquisite backdrops for significant occasions. On Saturday Jan. 19, an anonymous GVSU alum was married on the Grand Rapids Pew Campus. The large amount of construction for the event calls into question what limits the university will go to provide a special space for a campus wedding. For three weeks, a secret construction project, which has been kept under wraps in the courtyard of the DeVos Center, had students and faculty alike questioning its purpose. The construction began before the new year and takes up a majority of the courtyard of DeVos Center. The evidence as to what the the construction was for remained unclear to many members of the community. “The only thing I know is it is a private event taking place this weekend,” said GVSU Security Supervisor Kathleen Barcom. “No other details are known.” Many university officials were tactful in keeping the construction and its event quiet. “The construction on DeVos Center is for an external private event,” said Associate Vice President of Facilities Services Grand Rapids and Regional Centers Lisa Haynes. This private event was eventually disclosed to be a wedding reception for a GVSU alum. However, the magnitude and time frame for the reception’s construction, which included a temporary glass building with hung curtains and lights, sparked the curiosity of who could be holding such a grand event. SEE DEVOS | A2


Inside GV’s shortage of student media funding BY JAMES KILBORN JKILBORN@LANTHORN.COM

Concerns regarding student media funding on campus have been raised in recent weeks, as funding for Grand Valley media programs pales in comparison to other universities within the state. Multimedia Journalism Professor Len O’Kelly spoke to Student Senate regarding the issue, stating that among 15 state-funded universities, GVSU’s student media funding ranks 14th. O’Kelly emphasized that this discrepancy in funding as notable, as GVSU offers communications courses that are often unavailable to students at other universities, all while receiving less funding for student media-related purposes. “University of Michigan has student media, but it’s not related to their curriculum in any way, shape or form,” O’Kelly said. “A couple of years ago, I visited their radio station and they were shocked to learn that students at Grand Valley can take a class and learn how to use the radio station because at University of Michigan there is no such thing.” These concerns over student media funding come as changes are occurring in the manner of distributing news.

Newspapers, television stations and radio broadcasts are adapting, and these changes often require investments to ensure they remain viable methods of transmitting information to students. For example, O’Kelly said an emphasis with newspapers on digital formats is becoming increasingly common and outlets are adapting to meet these demands. “With newspapers, we’re going to have to wrestle with digitization, which is getting content in a digital form and online along with print,” O’Kelly said. “These things cost money. Unless you’re lucky and get a group of students who are good at coding or are app-developers, you’re going to have to pay someone to do that. The app for our radio station for example, we spend $895 a year to make sure our platform runs, that way we don’t have to do anything except make sure it has content.” Additional funding could also be directed toward securing an FM radio channel, an action that would boost the university’s ability to reach listeners across the region. O’Kelly said that the ability to increase listeners also provides more support for advertisement opportunities. SEE FUNDS | A2

TELEVISION TALK: Sharing a conversation, two Grand Valley Television students are filmed on the set of “Late Night Brew.” GVSU’s student media ranks 14th out of the 15 state-funded universities throughout Michigan in terms of funding their student media outlets. GVL | LEAH KERR

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Grand Valley Police Department reminds commuters to put safety first and not risk driving to campus if the conditions are hazardous, even if your classes are not cancelled. “It says right in our cancellations and closing policy: We never want to ask students, faculty or staff to endanger themselves to make it to campus. If you are not safe from where you are, don’t put yourself at risk. If it’s not safe, don’t do it,” said GVPD Captain Jeff Stoll. Though it may not be safe for certain commuters to drive to class, that doesn’t always mean GVSU will close. “The decision to close campus is a collective decision based upon various factors. You’re making a decision for over 25,000 people, so not everyone is going to benefit from the closing per se, but we coordinate with the security at the downtown GVSU facilities, Kent County and Ottawa County police to provide information about conditions, as well as utilizing social media to see national weather alerts in real time and make the decision as soon as possible,” Stoll said. GVPD clarified that there is a difference between cancellations and closings. If classes are cancelled, staff should still be on campus. If GVSU is closed, only essential staff needs to report. The cancellation and closing policy can be found on GVSU’s website under the “policies” tab.

Teague Suitor, another building resident, said that had it not been for residents from living center across the street, they wouldn’t have known about the flames. Suitor rushed outside with her cats and saw the flames. “We didn’t even know the alarm went off until another girl from Trio across

the street knocked on our door and said we need to get out and our house was on fire,” Suitor said. “Thank goodness for her.” Hein, who spoke with the resident who owned the damaged unit, said that the torch set his curtains on fire with flames spreading to his bed and floor. He attempted to put out the fire by dousing items in his bathtub, but called the fire department once he real-

ized it was out of control. Residents were allowed back in their units by 7:50 p.m., with firefighters gathering displaced students waiting outside and police allowing traffic to flow through Pierce Street. Harkef said that the damaged unit would then be locked for the night, with other firefighters saying that next steps for recovery will be insurance claims for

Copper Beech and the residents, if applicable. As of Sunday, Jan. 20, Copper Beech residents had not received an email or phone call in regards to the events that transpired on Thursday. Copper Beech was not available for comment over the weekend. This was the first fire in Allendale Township of the new year according to Allendale Police Department.


In an email addressed to all students, Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas told students that due to the government shutdown, some families may not be receiving paychecks on time and some students may have difficulty verifying information for financial aid forms. Regardless of the reason, Haas assured the the student body that GVSU was there to help. Haas said that students struggling to make payments due to the shutdown should contact the financial aid office or the student accounts office. For students worried about Pell Grants or federal loans, Haas said that GVSU fronts the funds and is reimbursed. As of the email being sent, all issues have been resolved for each necessary case. Haas also made clear that the scope of GVSU’s ability to support students affected by the shutdown isn’t limited, and that if students need assistance of any kind, they should reach out.


The first recipient of the Gayle R Davis Excellence in Leadership Award wa Assistant Vice President of Facilities Services Grand Rapids and Regional Centers Lisa Haynes. Haynes received her award on Jan. 16, which included a plaque and check for $1,000. The award was presented by both President Thomas Haas and former Provost Gayle Davis, who the award was dedicated to. Haynes was given the award for being an agent of change, especially due to her role in university transportation and parking.

PRIVATE PROJECT: Placing temperary floors and walls, workers create an event space in the DeVos Center courtyard. GVSU’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus hosts between 30 and 40 wedding receptions each year, but GVSU would not disclose this project’s details. GVL | MCKENNA PEARISO



Some projected the construction to cost upwards of $500,000, but the university could not provide any information regarding financial details of the event. All wedding construction and reception costs



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“For radio, getting an FM signal would be first and foremost,” O’Kelly said. “We have an internet-only signal and it’s fine, but there’s something about the credibility attached to FM signals. We also can’t just get one of those. There has to be a license and there has to be an application process, and none of that is available right now.” O’Kelly said that efforts to secure funding for addi-

are paid for by the families and parties hosting them. “The Pew Grand Rapids Campus is host to between 30 and 40 wedding receptions each year,” said Assistant Director of Conference Planning Kathleen Wright. “Couples and their families determine what kind of wedding and reception they will have.”

Faculty were told not concern themselves with the project, even when the construction obstructed some parts of the DeVos Center. On Jan. 18 and 19, the bookstore and food services located in The Plaza in DeVos Building C were closed for the event, as was the DeVos parking lot. Pedestrians were detoured into DeVos Center

and Eberhard Center through Fulton Street and Lake Michigan Drive for the archway connecting the DeVos lot to the Eberhard Center were closed. All closures were reopened on Jan. 20, the day following the event. “Tear-down will begin immediately following the event,” Wright said.

tional media programs has been proposed in the past, but due to discrepancies in how tuition is calculated, has been rejected by the university’s Board of Trustees. One idea proposed in the past was to include a “subscription fee” to tuition every semester, an optional service that students could either opt in or out of. This would allow student media services to operate without requiring funding from Student Senate. “One way we talked about raising funding for media was

doing what Michigan State and Western Michigan (universities do), which puts a line on student tuition bills for student media, which is essentially a subscription fee,” O’Kelly said. “You’d have the right to opt out — say you don’t agree with it and not pay it. We did the math. If we got two dollars a semester from students, that’s 25,000 students for two semesters, that would give us $100,000 a year. The university’s Board of Trustees said, ‘Absolutely not, that would be seen as a tuition increase.’”

O’Kelly said that if granted additional funding, student media would be able to accomplish more across multiple formats, such as the purchase of an FM radio signal and adapting student television to meet on-andoff-campus demand. As one of west Michigan’s largest universities, O’Kelly said that GVSU has the potential to reach a large audience within the region, grant students and residents with local programming and provide students with hands-on experience.


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STANDING IN SOLIDARITY: Despite below-freezing temperatures, approximately 60 people congregated near Grand Valley State University’s Cook Carillon Tower the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 16 in order to show dissent toward the Department of Education’s proposals to make changes to Title IX. The protest was the original idea of GVSU’s It’s On Us president Maddie Vervaeke, who worked with Student Senate to implement the event. The event began with brief speeches from Vervaeke and Student Senate President Rachel Jenkin. They gave an overview of the proposed changes to Title IX (among which include decreasing a university’s liability in the case of off-campus assaults, narrowing the definition of sexual harassment and requiring live university hearings with cross-examination), and then called upon listeners to march silently to both show respect for victims of sexual assault as well as to stand in solidarity with them. The silent march led protesters in a loop around campus; from the Cook Carillon Tower, participants made their way past Zumberge Pond, over the Little Mackinaw Bridge and through North Campus before finally returning to the clock tower.


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Reilly’s ripple effect Fallout of 2016 student murder leaves GVPD trust in spotlight NICK MORAN NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

A lawsuit regarding the claimed wrongful death of Rosemarie Reilly, a Grand Valley State University student, in 2016 was filed on Nov. 2, directly citing two Grand Valley Police Department (GVPD) officers and four Ottawa County Sheriff ’s Department (OCSD) officers for their involvement and “gross negligence.” The surfacing of a lawsuit not only brings up questions surrounding the cause of Reilly’s death, but challenges if the situation could happen again.

What’s happening now? Jim Rasor, the attorney representing Reilly and her family, said that the lawsuit was filed because Reilly’s death and lack of concurrent investigation left too many questions unanswered. As stated in the lawsuit, Rasor claims that the risk Reilly’s killer presented was “obvious and known,” which leaves one question lingering: why wasn’t anything done to arrest him? A key claim in the lawsuit states that local police “listened and acquiesced to” the killer’s father, who was a local officer at the time, when he “requested leniency for his son.” OCSD and GVPD could not respond to the Lanthorn’s requests for comment due to the ongoing status of the legal proceedings. The Holland Sentinel reports that in OCSD’s response to the lawsuit, they claimed that Reilly did not do enough to protect herself from her killer. Rasor said he believes that Reilly did everything in her power to protect herself, raising questions about the values of both OCSD and GVPD. “If I was a student at GVSU, I would be worried about my police force,” Rasor said. “What was (Reilly) supposed to do?” The relationship between victim/survivors of sexual violence, stalking and domestic abuse and

GVSU’s resources are now in the spotlight. It’s On Us president Maddie Vervaeke said that trust plays a key role in not only reporting an underreported crime, but helping students cope as well. Without that trust, Vervaeke said that students should go elsewhere. Vervaeke said that GVSU has certainly earned her trust, which is why she encourages others to feel comfortable with oncampus resources. “From my standpoint, being able to trust the centers on campus is extremely important,” Vervaeke said. “You want Grand Valley to be on your side and I think a lot of what Grand Valley stands for is (supporting) students… I personally trust the individuals who I’ve met in each of the centers and I have a relationship with them. Because of that, I would recommend people to go talk to (them), whereas if I did not trust them, I’d recommend them to go somewhere maybe off campus.” Through her involvement with GVSU’s chapter of It’s On Us, a national movement aiming to end sexual assault on college campuses, Vervaeke said that she’s worked closely with GVPD, the Center for Women and Gender Equity and many other resources on campus for victim/survivors. With sexual violence being such an emotional experience, it’s important that student relationships with resources are strong. “If I was having a similar issue and I had read that GVPD had done this, I would go to the Ottawa County Police Department instead, or I would go somewhere else and find support somewhere else,” Vervaeke said. “You’re not going to talk to someone you don’t know about something like that. It’s such a personal topic to people and it is about trust and building a relationship with someone before that persons starts spewing their feelings.” While trust plays a key role in getting victim/survivors the resources they need, GVSU victim advocate Krystal Diel said that ultimately, the recovery process is an individual one. While some students may feel comfortable pur-

suing legal action right away, others may need to work at their own pace and may not feel comfortable working with police. “Each victim/survivor is different,” Diel said. “For some individuals, pursuing justice through the criminal justice system or Title IX can be incredibly healing and a way for their voice to be heard. For others, they would rather find healing through counseling or through family and friends. It’s so individual in what makes the most sense for each person.” Vervaeke said that the most startling part of the lawsuit is its claim that GVPD and OCSD expressed negligence. Since It’s On Us’s inception at GVSU in 2016, Vervaeke said that the conversation surrounding sexual vio-

I’m shocked by this whole thing because I know GVPD on almost a personal level and they work really closely with us, so (the lawsuit is) really surprising to me. I know that just recently, things have shifted and the campus climate has shifted to be very in support of (victims)” Maddie Vervaeke

It’s On Us President lence has improved to the strong point it’s at today. “I’m shocked by this whole thing because I know GVPD almost on a personal level and they work really closely with us, so (the lawsuit is) really surpris-

“GROSS NEGLIGENCE”: Rosemarie Reilly, a student at GVSU at the time of her death, was killed due to “gross negligence” on behalf of police officers, according to her family’s attorney. COURTESY | FACEBOOK

ing to me,” Vervaeke said. “I know that just recently, things have shifted and the campus climate has shifted to be very in support of victim/survivors of sexual assault. I really hope that helps. Maybe this was kind of a turning point for that.”

What happened, day by day Reilly was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend Jeremy Kelley on Nov. 6, 2016 before he turned the gun on himself. Both were pronounced dead within an hour. The impulsive act was preceded by a revealing past. The following chain of events comes from the lawsuit files on behalf of the Reilly estate on Nov. 2, 2018. While attending school at GVSU, Reilly ended her relationship with Kelley. In the days following, Kelley called Reilly twice between Oct. 5 and 7 threatening to kill himself. Reilly reported both to the police, with OCSD and GVPD working together to locate Kelley following the first call. On Oct. 8, Kelley got in an argument with Reilly and prevented her from running away. He then proceeded to physically assault her with Reilly sustaining a broken nose among other injuries. Between Oct. 8 and 11, Kelley called Reilly 43 times, including a call to her aunt and uncle’s house, whom she was staying with at the time. During Kelley’s call to Reilly’s uncle, he threatened to kill himself, which Reilly’s uncle reported to the police. On Oct. 12, Reilly filed a report to GVPD regarding Kelley stalking her on campus, domestic violence and abuse, and threatening to kill her whilst pointing a gun at her head. The report was also sent to OCSD, and both GVPD and OCSD encouraged Reilly to file a personal protection order (PPO). Additionally, GVPD banned Kelley from trespassing on GVSU property and filed a stalking report. On Oct 13, an OCSD officer visited Kelley’s home and told him leave Reilly alone. The same officer called Reilly’s mother, telling her that nothing could be done to prevent the calls to Reilly or to confiscate Kelley’s guns, which he owned legally. When Reilly’s mother told the officer that Kelley threatened her daughter at gunpoint, the officer encouraged her to file a report about the incident. That day, a report was filed. During a phone call to Kelley regarding the domestic abuse report, an OCSD officer informed Kelley that he would not be taken to jail, but requested to question him. Both the stalking report and domestic abuse reports were reviewed by GVPD. On Oct. 13, Reilly’s mother also spoke to GVPD, where she informed them of Kelley’s unpredictable behavior, ownership of firearms and stalking behavior. GVPD said they would follow up on the incident. GVPD spoke with Kelley, informing him that he was banned from GVSU property and not allowed to contact Reilly or members of her family by any means. On Oct. 17, Reilly obtained her PPO which prohibited Kelley from entering her residence, GVSU property, following Reilly or contacting her via phone or Facebook. On Oct. 18 and 19, the PPO was violated. Reilly was called three times by Kelley

REILLY’S RELATIONSHIP: Rosemarie Reilly poses with Jeremy Kelley, her boyfriend at the time, in January of 2016. COURTESY | FACEBOOK

on Oct. 18. The calls continued on Oct. 19, but also included Reilly being stalked by car on campus before running to a nearby dining hall and calling the police. Following these incidents, GVPD checked in on Reilly and her sister, who was also a student at the time. Between receiving the PPO on Oct. 17 and Oct. 22, Kelley attempted to contact Reilly 86 times. Sometime during the last week of October, Kelley told Reilly and her sister that his father, who was an OCSD officer at the time, was going to make sure “nothing was going to happen” for his violation of the PPO. Two warrants were put out for Kelley’s arrest on Oct. 28 and Nov. 2. OCSD issued a warrant first on the grounds of domestic abuse, while GVPD issued one on the ground of stalking later. On Nov. 6, Kelley found Reilly at a friend’s house in Grand Rapids. Reilly was taken outside and killed, being pronounced dead at the scene. Kelley, who shot himself in the head, was pronounced dead after being transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital.

What comes next? Within the few years following Reilly’s murder, GVSU has undergone several social changes regarding increasing support for victim/survivors of sexual violence, Vervaeke said. In terms of resources, GVSU offers a plethora of outlets that support students through different steps of the post-trauma process. As victim advocate, Diel acknowledged that the process is intimidating, but her role is centered around being a comfortable first step for many victim/survivors. “It can be really scary to go through any of these processes, or even just coming in here,” Diel said. “But the nice thing about coming (to a victim advocate) is you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do… We can just chat about resources. But if (a victim) wants to take a step in a certain direction, I’m more than happy to walk them through it every step of the way.” Diel also said that the recently developed Criminal Case Review Team unites her, GVPD, OCSD and the prosecutor’s office in a way that newly benefits students. The team collaborates to stay updated on various sexual violence cases to better serve student needs. “It’s an easy way for me to serve as a liaison for students and give (the team) updates,” Diel said. “Sometimes it’s intimidating for a student to reach out to a detective or a prosecutor,

or they just don’t understand the language of the criminal justice system… Even being able to interpret that for students (so they) understand what’s going on brings a lot of comfort.” While signs point to the improvement for the posttrauma journey on campus, the legal portion of the lawsuit is still unfolding. In a statement to the Lanthorn regarding the lawsuit, GVSU claimed that the university was not directly named but will support the named officers it employs. “We believe our officers acted properly, and we will mount their defense,” GVSU said. The GVPD officers cited in the lawsuit include Chief Brandon DeHaan and former officer Collin Wallace. Rasor explained that in suing law enforcement officers, there is no grounds for a trial for officers failing to do their jobs, even though Rasor said they completely failed. There needs to be evidence that the officers in question willingly took an action that resulted in Reilly’s death. While Rasor and the lawsuit claim to have evidence that the officers in question chose to protect Kelley instead of Reilly, he hopes that an investigation into the death will reveal more information — something that should have happened at the time of Reilly’s death. “Part of the reason for filing this lawsuit is to force them to do an investigation to account for why this happened,” Rasor said. “If you look up the stats for how often a situation like this - with a male stalker and a female victim occurs - and how many times that results in a death, of the woman, any educated police officer should know that choosing to protect that stalker might result in the death of that victim.” As the case is pending investigation, there are still details yet to be revealed. Vervaeke said that from what she has seen, the defendants’ claims that Reilly did not do enough to protect herself is victim blaming, which is questioning irrelevant facets of a victim’s testimony instead of protecting them regardless. “That’s not okay for them to say that she didn’t do enough because she shouldn’t have to be in a position to do anything to protect herself,” Vervaeke said. “If anything, the blame should be put on the perpetrator who is putting her in a position where she has to protect herself.” Being so early in the legal proceedings, it’s difficult to determine which side the current facts will favor. Regardless, Vervaeke said that students should follow any updates released on the lawsuit. “(The lawsuit) is probably something to keep an eye on because it is that trust relationship,” Vervaeke said.



FROZEN FEMINISTS: Filling Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids, protesters carry signs supporting women’s rights during the third annual Women’s March on Jan. 19. The protest was mirrored by over 673 sister marches around the country, with the largest being held in Washington D.C. Grand Rapids protestors marched around the downtown area before returning to Calder Plaza to listen to speakers. GVL | BENJAMIN HUNT

Grand Rapids joins national community, hosts third annual Women’s March ALEXANDRA LOYD ALOYD@LANTHORN.COM

On Saturday, Jan. 19, the city of Grand Rapids hosted its third annual Women’s March at Calder Plaza, one of the 673 sister marches held throughout the world reflecting the largest one that was held in Washington D.C. on the same day. The event was focused on advancing human rights causes and galvanizing that women will not be silenced. According to the Women’s March of Grand Rapids’ Facebook event page, the

event gave voices to the multitude of issues that women/ femmes experience on a daily basis and was inclusive as well as intersectional. There were a number of speakers lined up for the event and the march lasted about 30 minutes, flooding through the heart of downtown before circling back to Calder Plaza. Soldadera Coffee also volunteered to bring hot coffee for all in attendance; the company is a champion for women’s struggles and said they were very excited to be a part of the event. “The Grand Rapids rally

and march featured women from the community who spoke on topics such as intersectionality, immigrants’ rights, the Black experience, public health, anti-Semitism, sex work, women in the workplace, sexual assault and more,” said Coordinator for the 2019 Grand Rapids Women’s March Raina Cook. “These speakers were able to relate with their personal experiences and give the attendees suggestions on where work needs to be done in these areas.”

Cook spoke at the 2018 rally, where she spoke on the behalf of the 230 people who were mass arrested during demonstrations against President Donald Trump’s Inauguration who were still facing charges the day of the rally. Cook said that having Women’s Marches every year is important because women’s issues are not going away any time soon, especially if people aren’t continuously fighting for them. “It can be easy to look at small gains and think that our work is done, but we still have

a long way to go,” Cook said. “Even feminism itself has a lot of work to do in dismantling white supremacy and making the movement a safe place for all. Marching every year is a call to each of us to continue working within our communities to create true equality.” The Grand Rapids event specifically sought to highlight that there is a lot more work people can do to improve the current political climate than simply going out and voting. “We hoped to connect attendees with sometimes lesser-known organizations and

groups in the area that are continually fighting for equality and social justice,” Cook said. “In this way, people can continue the fight every day of the year while strengthening our community.” Cook said that her hopes were that people would be really stirred by the speakers who shared their personal experiences. By handing the microphone to marginalized groups, she hoped to highlight the fact that while all women are oppressed in some ways, there are always multiple intersectional layers to the issues.


Student Senate proposes change to university housing contract OLIVIA FELLOWS OFELLOWS@LANTHORN.COM

Grand Valley State University’s Student Senate has helped the university to include student input on campus policies through their involvement in passing proposals that help the university decide on changes made to the student living policies on campus, among other student-related issues. During their Jan. 10 general assembly, following a nearunanimous vote, the Student Senate passed a resolution for their support of a rewording of section 13 in GVSU’s on-campus housing contract. Before the passing of the resolution, the section stated that the university has the right to enter living spaces of campus residents “without notice as allowed by the law.” The proposal’s amendment to section 13 elaborates on the circumstances in which the university can enter student living spaces such as inspections, safety, health, maintenance or a university code violation by a student. Additionally, the proposal states that the university may enter a room without warning in an emergency situation. Associate Director for GVSU Housing and Residence Life Colleen Bailey explained that the proposal process included representatives from GVSU’s housing and facilities services. Bailey said that this proposal was an important one for the housing organization to be a part of, as it included changes to housing policies. “As a leasing agent and

property owner, GVSU housing must consider what is best for all students residing on campus, including routine health and safety checks, and regular maintenance or work order follow up in addition to addressing emergency concerns,” Bailey said. The proposal changes will be reviewed in the coming weeks by GVSU to ensure it agrees with the university’s standards. Bailey has seen the important role that GVSU housing staff plays in maintaining the safety of students and believes in prioritizing safety as helpful when discussing student senate proposals that involve housing regulations. “We are open to reviewing and considering senate’s recommendations in contract language changes,” Bailey said. “We will do so over the coming weeks with the University Counsel as there needs to be a balance in privacy and safety in the contract. We are reviewing contracts from other Michigan universities to see that we are in alignment with best practices.” Among the contributors during the proposal process was the Grand Valley Police Department Capt. Jeff Stoll, who provided law enforcement insight and suggestions before and after the vote. Stoll believes that the proposal changes to section 13 will be beneficial to students, helping them to feel confident in their safety when living on campus. Stoll is also the assistant director of GVSU’s department of public safety, and doesn’t think that the change will have any major pushback from stu-

REWORKED WORDING: GVPD officer Seth Beelen places an individual in a police car. GVSU student senate, housing department and GVPD collaborated on a proposed rewording of the current house contract that clarified the rights students had to living center privacy. GVL | ARCHIVE

dents, nor that it would change the number of emergency responses that GVPD officers on campus currently respond to. “We want to provide a safe environment for students and residents and do so while obeying the expectations of the law,” Stoll said. “The number of times we enter a room for an emergency exception is relatively low. Entry to a room without notice is

done only as a last resort, and even those times we do make entry, we are very clear prior to and during our initial entry that we are knocking and announcing our presence.” Although the resolution passed nearly unanimously, one senator voted against the proposal, citing a lack of clarity on what is classified as an emergency in the wording. Currently, GVPD

considers emergency situations to include times when someone is in danger due to a medical emergency or crime in progress. Stoll clarified that common examples of emergency entries are fire alarm systems going off without prior warning, when people are unable to answer the door or a medical report when someone is unable to open the door for

police. Both housing and GVPD want students to feel safe when living on campus to provide a comfortable living learning environment. “We work hard to be sure that our rooms and buildings are as safe as possible and are intentional about being proactive, as well as responding to issues that are presented through the work order system,” Stoll said.



GET REPS, LAKERS: Lifting weights in many ways, guests of Grand Valley State University’s Recreation Center fill the weight room. Exercise is key for practicing healthful lifestyles, so long as it’s in tandem with other healthy choices. Substituting eating out for making your own healthy food and making time to relax are both decisions that promote daily health and wellness. GVL | DAN PACHECO

A brief guide to

health and wellness


With the arrival of the new year, many people are ready to kick bad habits, implement healthy routines and grab life by the horns. While some people find success with their resolutions, it’s not uncommon for people to start the year off strong and then lose their steam a few weeks later.

Generally, the reason for this is because people want to just suddenly drop all their unhealthy habits and make changes over night and put little effort into improving their long-term wellness. Making major lifestyle changes takes patience and will-power, so start with small steps to maintain healthy habits for years to come.


The first changes, of course, usually begin with diet. As college students, we are generally busy and broke. While a trip to the grocery store might seem daunting, it’s more cost-effective than blowing money for the convenience of fast food. Additionally, eating fast food even just once per day is likely affecting both your wallet and your waistline.

Let’s say you want to stop by Wendy’s for lunch. You spend roughly $9 on a burger, fries and a soda. That one meal will not only nearly max out a person’s recommended daily caloric intake, but for $9, you could’ve gotten some lean beef burger, some protein-enhanced pasta noodles and a jar of tomato sauce and made enough spaghetti to last you two or three meals. Why spend $10 on Subway every other day when that $30 could purchase enough bread, lunch meat, produce and simple snacks to last for a week? Eating out less and meal-prepping more often can help you reduce the dough on your tummy but keep the dough in your pockets.



Just as important as what you eat is also what you drink. On a daily basis, the average person should be drinking half their weight in ounces of water per day. Keeping your body hydrated can boost your energy levels, improve your mood, help digestion, clear up your skin, help you lose weight and help increase focus as well. Juices, sodas and other high-sugar beverages are harmful to dental and internal health, and the sugar generally causes a “crash” later on, causing headaches, fatigue and inability to concentrate. Drinking at least 16 ounces of water in the morning before breakfast can help jump-start your organs and give you lasting energy all day without the jitters or bad breath that comes from coffee.

It’s no secret that exercise is the key to toning the body and building muscles, but trips to the gym and certain workouts are exhausting and time consuming after a busy day of class. Doing simple exercises at home for just five to ten minutes each day can improve balance, posture, flexibility, strength and stamina. There are millions of different quick workouts available for free online, so find some that work for you and align with your wellness goals.




Most importantly, practice general self-care. Between work, school, campus activities, maintaining a social life and relationships, young adults tend to spread themselves very thin and wear themselves out quickly, which can deteriorate optimism and energy. Remember to put yourself first sometimes, whether it’s buying something on Amazon you’ve wanted for months, taking a long hot bath or just having a night at home to do nothing. Though you may feel guilty for taking a break, giving yourself some time off will help you be healthier, happier and more productive.



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By Xavier Golden

Student media’s struggle for funding should matter to its community


ith each passing year, it appears Grand Valley State University receives more and more well-deserved recognition for its health curriculum, its business program, its sustainability practices and many other accolades while just last year, GVSU’s television program, West Side Stories, won first place in daily newscast at the Michigan Broadcasters Excellence Awards. The Lanthorn is annually recognized as one of the top student-run newspapers in the state and The Whale Radio station has grown in popularity over recent years. Many of these accomplishments are met with further funding and construction to help these programs flourish, while student media continues to beg for scraps from the Student Life Fund. Recently, multimedia journalism professor Len O’Kelly spoke at a general assembly senate meeting to make his case on the issue. O’Kelly mentioned GVSU’s current ranking of 14th out of 15 in the state for student media funding, with some higher ranked universities awarding 10 times the amount of GVSU’s $85,000 media budget. These funding constraints currently hinder student media’s effectiveness on GVSU’s campus. The Whale currently transmits on an internet-only signal, where an FM station could boost the stations reachability and most of all, credibility. Funding issues are also what led to the Lanthorn’s decreased circulation, which dropped from two weekly editions to one beginning last fall. O’Kelly and student media are in alignment that lack of funding will never be used as an excuse to diminish coverage, but it does put a strain on things. It is the goal of student media to give a voice to the university’s community and keep the public informed, as are the long-standing values

in journalism. While student media organizations are connected to the multimedia journalism program, they also employ and support students of all majors and experience levels that are looking to get their voice heard. Funding to student media comes directly from the Student Life Fund, which is allocated by the Student Senate finance committee. This can be a daunting task for the committee, who likely don’t have full grasp on the needs of student media or its innerworkings. This falls on both student media officials and senators to come together to understand the needs of media combined with the budget constraints on senate. O’Kelly started this conversation at a recent senate meeting, but it is up to both parties to keep these discussions moving forward. The lack of funding to student media can feel discouraging but it hasn’t dampened spirits to keep fighting for more. Student media has tried in the past to generate some funding through events like Lakerpalooza. More events and creative ideas are imperative to providing increased revenue to student media and to integrate the GVSU community into the fundraising process. Student funding through subscriptions has been discussed as a means to support student media, but it has yet to be implemented. It becomes discouraging over time to see yet another health building sprout up on the downtown campus while Lake Superior Hall, built in 1963, continues to house the School of Communications. Construction and program funding comes from the university, but they appear to be falling into line with Student Senate in keeping revenue stagnant. To be an effective medium for the GVSU community, student media has to have plentiful funding to keep up with the growing needs of the university.

MLK Day: Injustice anywhere


As someone who grew up in a predominantly white area, having Martin Luther King Day as an actual day off of school is a weird experience. It’s not that we didn’t know it was a national holiday, it’s just that for some reason we all decided to celebrate that national holiday by having a bunch of elementary schoolers write poems about being nice and called it a day. I don’t know what member of the Grand Haven school board decided it was appropriate to commemorate an assassinated civil rights activist by having

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Matter criticized for “obstructing traffic” and being “disrespectful” by the same middle class white neighbors who praised Dr. King, who protested the same way for much the same reasons, as a hero with a dream every American could share. But we’re not even living up to the watered-down version of the legacy he left behind. Our government is more partisan and polarized than ever, having far surpassed our country’s record for longest shutdown over the construction of a wall that’s more nationalist metaphor than actual border security. Trump is trying to push the pressure of negotiations on the new democratic majority, but a number of those representatives are moderates voted in by conservative states who would love to and have tried to negotiate on a larger budget for actual border security. The environment they’ve found on Capitol Hill is so divisive that they’ve been unable to make any headway in ending the shutdown through the kind of bipartisan negotiation that

used to be commonplace. Now, nobody’s willing to “all get along.” This Martin Luther King Day, if we’ve moved past the opportunity to shake hands and sweep our disagreements under the rug, then so be it. Let’s skip past the annual touting about of the non-threatening and nonconfrontational version of Dr. King who “had a dream” that we’d all be nice to each other. Instead, let’s honor the radical resistor who fought for peace, yes, but peace as a result of justice, not of complacency. Right now, that includes justice for hundreds of thousands of unpaid federal workers being held hostage by the shutdown. It also includes justice for the immigrants being held in detention centers and separated from their families. It definitely includes having a government that fights for racial, gender and economic equality of its people - not put its own functions on hold and endanger the whole country just to keep other people out.

Half a world away


an hour anti-bullying presentation - probably the same one who decided Dr. King’s main political point was that “we shouldn’t be mean to each other” - but I guess they decided that was more respectful than giving us the day off. I always thought having to sit through a version of Dr. King’s teachings that my school had watered down enough to be politically inoffensive was more of a karmic punishment for his untimely death than it was a celebration of his life. But now in our country’s current time of dysfunction and distress, I find the whitewashing of his message even more demoralizing than ever. All those years of sitting at my desk and listening to smiling school officials explain how Martin Luther King Jr. just wanted us to all get along with each other, the world around us was becoming more and more divided due to the same issues King had spoken about while he was still alive: poverty, war, voter suppression and over-incarceration. I heard Black Lives


It’s impossible to know about every single issue happening around the world. Many of us try to stay on top of the news as best we can, but it’s difficult with our busy lives. Not only that, spending time reading about all the different tragedies in the world can be extremely depressing, espe-

cially when it feels as though there’s nothing you can do to help. But what if you could make a difference? Sure, world hunger, persecution, bigotry, murder, etc. won’t end overnight. But what if one day all the people around the world did everything they could to put an end to all of the world’s injustices? Sounds like a fairy tale? Probably. Because in reality it doesn’t take the help of the whole planet to right a wrong. In fact, more like the actions of just a couple million, perhaps including you. Make no mistake, there’s no shortage of suffering in the world. For example, take Myanmar. In this Southeastern Asian country (known formerly as Burma), there is signifi-

cant humanitarian crisis affecting hundreds of thousands of people. A minority population of Muslims in the country, known as the Rohingya, are fleeing mass persecution by the government in an move that’s being labeled internationally as an act of “ethnic cleansing.” Thousands have already been killed, including children, by local mobs and government police forces who have left hundreds of their villages burned, destroyed. Many of the Rohingya are fleeing on foot in dangerous conditions to neighboring Bangladesh, causing a massive refugee crisis. To us though, it’s so far away from our daily lives that it doesn’t seem to make a difference to us whether we helped or not. Besides, even Superman couldn’t solve all the world’s problems. Climate change, the war in Yemen,

terrorism in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, the internment of transgender and gay men and women in Chechnya and even the persecution of Muslims in China. The world is a dangerous and brutal place. What could we possibly do about it? Actually, a lot. We can talk about it. It seems meaningless, but really bringing attention to issues is the first step in fixing them. Make #Rohingya trending, or #Chechnya, or #Yemen, or #CovingtonCatholic, or #SudanProtests or #Palestine. Something small to show you care. We don’t realize that the wealth of the world is at our fingertips, and that just one small tweet can make a huge difference. LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE




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Did you attend any MLK day events?

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

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-Martin Luther King Jr.




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Paola Leon and Steven Smith, social work faculty at Grand Valley State University, visited El Salvador and Flint, Mich. to document and research each area’s water crisis. El Salvador’s lack of clean water has resulted in skyrocketing water prices and social activism from the citizens to alert politicians. Similarly, the Flint water pipes have undergone severe corrosion that has introduced toxins into the drinking water. The exhibit includes pictures of the water quality and the people it has affected. It is on display until June 21 in the Blue Wall Gallery in the DeVos Center. Admission is free and open to the public.


Following the release of GVSU professors’ sabbatical showcase “Reflect - Revive - Reshape,” a conversation about the artwork will be hosted in the Haas Center for Performing Arts Art Gallery. Known as “Looking with Intent,” the event aims to encourage thoughtful viewing of art. The discussion will be led by Art Gallery Programs Manager Stacey Burns, Work Life Consultant Elisa Salazar and assistant professor Heather Wallace. The sabbatical exhibit features work by Brett Colley, Hoon Lee, Dallas Henke and Anthony Thompson, who reflect on their previous work as a way to improve. “Looking with Intent” will occur on Jan. 23 at 8 a.m. and Jan. 30 at noon.

THEATRE GROUP TO PERFORM ‘SIZWE BANZI IS DEAD’ On Jan. 30, the Arts at Noon series will feature a theatre troupe for the production “Sizwe Banzi is Dead.” The production, originally created for the Shakespeare in Paradise Theatre Festival, is critically acclaimed in the Bahamas. The production deals with a man who must fake his own death. Told through present-tense acting and letters, the play has received high praise since its release and several translations. “Sizwe Banzi is Dead” will take place at noon at the Cook-DeWitt Center.

ARTS AT NOON TO FEATURE GRAND RAPIDS DUO Folias Duo, a husband-and-wife duet, will perform on Feb. 20 as part of the Arts at Noon series. The duet’s flute and guitar pieces have taken them to over eight countries, including Denmark, Italy and Chile. Folias Duo performed a tour throughout the western United States over summer 2018, returning to Michigan for performances in Detroit and Grand Rapids. Critics have praised their ability to alternate between tango rhythms and sensitive melodies. The duo will perform at noon at the Cook DeWitt Center.


GVSU’s Arts Chorale has openings for two baritone and two tenor singers for the winter semester. Experienced singers should contact the director, Ellen Poole, at

IMMERSIVE: The “Concert Under the Stars” series uses visuals and the planetarium dome to create an unusual concert setting for Grand Rapids artists. The Jan. 17 concert featured 3-D visuals by GVSU visiting professor Meghan Moe Beitiks and student Vic Martinez. COURTESY | GR MAG

Concert Under the Stars features Grand Valley professors, students SARAH EDGECOMB ARTS@LANTHORN.COM

The Grand Rapids Public Museum’s “Concert Under the Stars” series uses imaginative flare and fascinating visuals from beyond the stratosphere to introduce community members to local Grand Rapids musicians. Complete with three-dimensional visuals projected onto the dome of the planetarium, concert-goers are dazzled with impressive live music performances. The first concert of the season was held on Thursday, Jan. 17 with a performance by ambient sound designer and songwriter Fiona Dickinson. Live visuals were directed by Grand Valley State University visiting professor Meghan Moe Beitiks, along with three of her students. Beitiks, a member of GVSU’s Department of Visual and

Media Arts, met with Dickinson to discuss the visuals that were broadcast onto the dome, agreeing to capture themes present in Dickinson’s work. “She was born in the Middle East, and so (she) wanted to speak to that aesthetic and where the music comes from,” Beitiks said. “There’s a lot of bright sunshine and kind of clouds and wisps of windswept sand in the show.” Vic Martinez, a fine arts student, was asked to work on the project as an assistant media designer, recruited with their talents in mind. Martinez used their skills in 3-D and video editing programs to design visuals for Dickinson’s song “Pillow.” “Actually working on it was challenging, but in a good way that allowed my skills to grow,” Martinez said, referencing their improvement with 3-D programs. Martinez said that working behind-the-scenes with

the Grand Rapids Public Museum allowed them to better understand the process of organizing these events and working with the museum was a great experience. “I would get to go to the practice sessions and watch the entire performance run through,” Martinez said. “Watching the visuals alongside the songs by Fiona Dickinson was an experience I’ll always hold with me.” Future concerts will feature work by Beitiks and two additional visual media students, Grace Sementkowski and Calvin Garvey, who will design visuals for one song. The “Concert Under the Stars” series began in 2017 and has continued with several shows per season. Each concert revolves around a different genre of live music played by local artists. Planetarium and Theater Manager Emily Hromi said the concert series

began as a way to use the planetarium for a new purpose. “It’s not solely a tool for teaching people about astronomy,” Hromi said. “It can be anything you want it to be.” The series aims to attract new audiences to the planetarium and introduce them to music artists in the Grand Rapids area, as well as to use the planetarium creatively. “The usual audience hears about this and think that it sounds cool even though it’s not necessarily their thing… (We) hope that then they hear new local music that they wouldn’t have otherwise heard about,” Hromi said. The next concert will take place Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and features Frankie & Myrrh, along with visuals by GVSU students. Ticket information can be found on the Grand Rapids Public Museum website.


GV’s Euphoria performs at ninth annual A Capell-Off MARY RACETTE ARTS@LANTHORN.COM

The ninth annual A CapellOff, a competition between university a capella groups in west Michigan, was organized by Sigma Alpha Iota as a fundraiser for Allendale Public Schools’ music department. The competition, held at Allendale High School in the Ceglarek Fine Arts Center, featured Euphoria, one of Grand Valley State University’s awardwinning a capella groups. Sigma Alpha Iota is an all-female music fraternity at GVSU. The A Capell-Off is the fraternity’s biggest fundraiser of the year. In addition to the A Capell-Off, SAI actively participates in fundraising and philanthropy each semester. The A Capell-Off was made possible by the collaboration of Euphoria and SAI, which was led by Svenja Penic. Penic is

Euphoria’s music director and was the A Capell-Off Chair for SAI. Penic emphasized the amount of extra work which was put into the A Cappell-Off this year, including the addition of microphones for performers. After all of the hard work and organization by the groups involved was done, Penic said she had hoped for “everyone who came to be happy and have fun.” Penic represented SAI on WOOD-TV8 to promote the A Capell-Off to the Grand Rapids area, followed by Euphoria’s performance of the song “Fall in Line.” “It was important for me to get the word out to the community and encourage people to bring their families and children,” Penic said. Six Michigan universities participated in the event, each performing a 12-minute set. Euphoria’s set list included “Fall in Line,” “Nature Boy” and

“Ain’t it Fun.” This competition shared the same performance criteria as the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, which is no coincidence as Penic said the A Capell-Off is often thought of as a “practice ICCA.” Euphoria was established in 2006 and won first place in the Great Lakes Quarterfinal at the 2016 ICCA, which the group’s media director, Joseph VanArendonk, refers to as the year the group started to compete seriously. While Euphoria will not be competing at ICCA this year, VanArendonk said they are “taking this semester to re-prioritize, make our repertoire greater and gig more.” Penic described the group dynamic of Euphoria as “really close-knit.” She said they spend most of their time together and rehearse at least three days a week for two hours each. Euphoria currently consists of 13 members

HARMONIZING: Euphoria performs at the annual A Capell-Off at Allendale High School. The group organizes the event each year to raise money for their fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota. COURTESY | EUPHORIA

who were selected through a competitive audition at the beginning of the school year. VanArendonk said they look for people who are strong enough singers to be soloists, as each member will likely perform a solo song during their time with the group.

Penic and VanArendonk were both very pleased with the turnout of the A Capell-Off. Typically 10 groups perform at this competition, but only six teams competed this year. However, VanArendonk noticed a greater number of community members in the audi-

ence compared to past years. VanArendonk acknowledged the appeal of the A Capell-Off to the community. “Despite a capella being not quite mainstream yet, it’s just fun. Everyone enjoys good music, tight harmony and dynamic performance.”


Grand Valley art professors display sabbatical work in public exhibit ARIE NIENHUIS ARTS@LANTHORN.COM

UNIQUE: Sculpture work by Hoon Lee is included in the sabbatical exhibit from four GVSU visual and media professors. COURTESY | GVSU

The Grand Valley State University art program is led by skilled and knowledgeable faculty, all with their own unique artistic vision and approach to the creative process. A number of these professors took a work sabbatical to develop new pieces of art, and these works are on display in an exhibition titled “Reflect – Revive – Reshape.” “Reflect – Revive – Reshape” displays work from ceramics professor Hoon Lee, printmaking professor Dellas Henke, photography professor Anthony Thompson and Brett Colley, professor of drawing, printmaking and foundations. Each professor’s respective collection of work represents their recent exploration of art and

expression and, as the exhibit’s title suggests, displays a revival and reshaping of their individual bodies of work. Lee, both a GVSU professor and accomplished ceramic artist, reflected on a number of experiences from his travels around the world, particularly Asia. Specifically, Lee sought to create pieces that built upon the framework of the traditional “guardian dog” seen in a number of cultures in the region. “When I made a trip to India many years ago, my interest (in guardian dogs) started,” Lee said. “I studied a little more about these guardian dogs. I’m from Korea originally, and we call it haetae, and you will see them when you enter a palace or even some fancy Chinese restaurants. I tracked them all way from India to China, and

made my own. I also did research in celadon and image transfer techniques.” Colley, an artist who has often found inspiration in social and political issues around the world, used his sabbatical as an opportunity to depart from his former range of subject matter. The works that Colley has chosen to present are a number of prints that, in his words, “commemorate the social movements that challenge and undermine oppression, and celebrate the courageous leaders who organize them.” “I went about (this collection) by paying attention to actions that I thought were largely under-reported by mainstream media,” Colley said. “I was paying attention to individual narratives that may get lost and I was looking for inspirational stories that could

be examples of how we can teach history from below.” Both Lee and Colley see “Reflect – Revive – Reshape” as an excellent way for GVSU students to explore the scholarship and work of their professors. Visual media and art students will be able to see the ways their teachers can pass experience on to them, and those outside of the art school can see how valuable the department is to the culture on campus. “Please come and enjoy the show,” Lee said. “This show will last until the end of March, and there are always new shows appearing in the gallery. Check them out!” “Reflect – Revive – Reshape” will be available to view in the Haas Center for Performing Arts Gallery from now until March 29. Admission is free and open to the public.






The Grand Valley State men’s and women’s track & field teams continued the 2019 indoor season at home on Saturday, Jan. 19, and saw strong performances after the team combined for eight NCAA Division II qualifying marks and five first place finishes. The GVSU women had solid performances all around, as they combined for six provisional marks and four first-place finishes, including Racheal Walters in the 400m dash and the mile, Elli Kimes in the pole vault and Bobbie Goodwin in the weight throw. The GVSU men had 12 athletes place in the top-three during Saturday’s meet, including a first place finish from Jacob Battani in the pole vault, and second place finishes from Nick Sabado in the long jump and Justin Scavarda in the shotput and weight throw. The Lakers will be back in action next week when they host the GVSU Open on Friday, Jan. 25, before sending some of their athletes to Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 26, for the Eastern Michigan SS Invite.


Grand Valley State senior offensive tackle Ben Walling was named to the Don Hansen Super Region Three first-team, announced on Thursday, Jan. 17. Walling started all 12 games at right tackle and was a huge component in a Laker offense that allowed just 12 sacks in 372 regular season pass attempts. Walling has also earned All-GLIAC, CCA and CoSIDA Academic AllAmerica honors. Senior wide receiver Nick Dodson was named a secondteam performer after catching a team-high 59 passes for 985 yards and nine touchdowns. Ten Lakers were named to one of the three Don Hansen teams, as quarterback Bart Williams, running back Chawntez Moss and offensive guard Ethan Culberson headline the third team.

GOING HARD IN THE PAINT: Grand Valley State junior center Cassidy Boensch manuvers around an outstrecthed defender and aims for the top corner of the square on the backboard to convert a layup on the left side of the basket in a game from earlier this year at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena. GVL | SHEILA BABBITT

Offense falters as GVSU women’s basketball splits U.P. road trip BY BRADY MCATAMNEY EDITORIAL@LANTHORN.COM

After 14 consecutive wins and nine straight conference victories, including a 53-35 stuffing of the Michigan Tech Huskies on Thursday, Jan. 17, the No. 9 ranked Grand Valley State women’s basketball team lost a game at the hands of the Northern Michigan Wildcats, falling 56-43 in Marquette, Mich. on Saturday, Jan. 19. The Upper Peninsula weekendlong road trip began well for GVSU,

as the team held the Huskies to only 35 points, the second fewest points allowed by the Lakers all season. They never allowed MTU to score more than 11 points in a single quarter and they held their opponents to only 15 in the entire second half. “I’ll tell you, it’s about the most pop we’ve had all year, even including the Ashland game,” said head coach Mike Williams. “I thought we just had crazy pop. Active hands and active feet, our rotations were good, we were really locked in defensively. We started the game and two kids who don’t nor-

mally hit threes hit threes; after that, we locked in.” As a result of the Lakers’ tenacious defense, the Huskies shot a putrid 26.9 percent in the game on only 14 made shots while committing 15 turnovers. GVSU didn’t light up the scoreboard themselves, as the 53 points were a season low at the time. They made only 17 shots on two assists with 15 turnovers of their own, but guard Jenn DeBoer was able to take over and carry the offense, scoring 27 points on 11 makes. Center Cassidy Boensch added 12 points, 21 rebounds and five

steals while forward Maddie Dailey scored 11 with eight boards. “Jenn did a good job reading the situations,” Williams said. “She hunted shots, she made them, the rest of our team didn’t. That happens, that’s part of the game. I thought she made good reads coming off ball screens whether she went up or got to the rim. I thought that she was the one player offensively who was getting us baskets and she did a good job.” SEE W. BBALL | A10



Grand Valley State track & field senior Alexis Duncan was named GVSU Student-Athlete of the Week earlier this week. In the 2016-17 season, Duncan was USTFCCCA Indoor and Outdoor All-Region in the long jump and competed in the 60m and the long jump during the indoor season. Duncan has hit impressive PRs in her college career, posting a 8.13 in the 60m, a 12.63 in the 100m, a 25.98 in the 200m, a 58.21 in the 400m, and 5.95m in the long jump. In GVSU’s Mike Lints Alumni Open this weekend, Duncan was able to clear 5.56m in the long jump, and will look to improve upon that mark in the upcoming meets at GVSU and Eastern HANG TIME: Grand Valley State forward Kindred Williams looks down on his opponents as he swings from the rim after ferociously dunking at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena in a game this season. Williams and the Lakers lost both their games this weekend, falling to 11-7 overall and 5-5 in the conference. GVL | SHEILA BABBITT

VARSITY SCHEDULE MEN’S BASKETBALL Saturday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m., at Davenport WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m., at Davenport MEN’S DII CLUB HOCKEY Friday, Jan. 25, 8:30 p.m., vs Michigan State (Pack the George Event) Saturday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m., at Michigan State WOMEN’S CLUB HOCKEY Friday, Jan. 25, 9 p.m., vs Miami (Ohio) Saturday, Jan. 26, 4 p.m., vs

GVSU basketball defeated by Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan BY KELLEN VOSS SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

The Grand Valley State men’s basketball team came away from their road trip to the Upper Peninsula with two more losses, losing to Michigan Tech in overtime 91-87 on Thursday, Jan. 17, before losing to Northern Michigan 71-61 on Saturday, Jan. 19. Thursday’s game against the Huskies looked destined for a Laker victory in the beginning as GVSU held a lead over MTU for almost the entire first half, concluding the period with a commanding 40-28 lead thanks in part to Hunter Hale and Jeremiah Ferguson, who combined for 21 points and four assists in the opening twenty minutes. While the strong start was great to see for GVSU, it was not sustained and fundamentally sound play down the stretch for MTU helped the Huskies

pick up a victory. “We played as good as we can play in that first half, but you know they’re going to make a comeback at their place,” said head coach Ric Wesley. “But a couple bounces of the ball didn’t go our way. They got the stops when they needed to and hit all their free throws , so they didn’t give us a crack in the dam to get the victory.” MTU hit all eight of their free throws and and had four players tally double digits points in the second half en route to victory, and while the hot start was encouraging to see for GVSU, a few close plays and close calls got the better of them on Thursday. Hale led the team with 21 points in the loss, with Ferguson leading all Lakers with eight rebounds and five assists to go along with 16 points. Jake Van Tubbergen also contributed 19 points in the contest. While a strong first half was

a highlight for Thursday’s game, Saturday’s game against NMU was the opposite, as the Lakers fell behind by double digits 14 minutes in and the team, as Wesley put it, couldn’t dig themselves out of their own grave. “I don’t think we came out very good, and we put ourselves in a hole,” Wesley said “We didn’t quite have enough down the stretch, because we just didn’t get enough solid play from enough guys to get it done on the road.” Even though he was disappointed with many of his players’ performances in that second half, Wesley thought Van Tubbergen played outstanding down the stretch, posting nine of his 16 points and all seven of his rebounds in the final twenty minutes. After this week, the Lakers now sit at 11-7 on the year, with a .500 record in the conference. Wesley says they learned a lot about themselves this week, especially regard-

ing the importance of hustle and consistency on the defensive end. “Every possession is big, so you really got to stick your nose in and win the one-on-one battles for space,” Wesley said. “We can’t take possessions off. We have to dive on the floor for loose balls and box out on free throws, because every loss comes down to a couple points here or there.” The Lakers have a week before they travel to Caledonia to face the Davenport Panthers on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m., and in order to avoid another three-game losing streak, Wesley wants his guys to focus on improving on all the little things in practice, especially when it comes to protecting their own basket. “It’s obviously all about defensive tenacity and determination,” Wesley said. “We just have to dig in and get stops, since our defense is not consistent enough to give us a chance to pull away from anybody.”




Once Saturday came around, the offense faltered again, as the 43 points

scored took over the seasonlow spot from Thursday. Boensch and Dailey scored a combined 37 points with 25 and 12 respectively. Only two other Lakers scored. “We’ve got to be a little

tougher, myself included,” Williams said. “They’re really good, they’re good at their place, they’ve played probably a more tested schedule than we have. They’ve played a lot of

games on the road so they’re battle tested and I’m not sure that we are, but I think this will help us a great deal to become battle tested and learn from it.” The Lakers’ 43 points is

the fewest they have scored in a game since Feb. 2015 and their 93 points in the weekend series is the fewest they’ve scored in a twogame span this season. Now at 16-2 (9-1 GLI-

AC), GVSU will have a few extra days than usual to prepare for their next game on Saturday, Jan. 26 against the Davenport Panthers (5-12, 3-7) in Grand Rapids. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.


READY, SET, SWIM: Grand Valley State, along with a bevy of other schools, bend their knees and arch their backs as they prepare to dive in the pool and compete to finish the race first at the GVSU Pool. The men’s swimming team has posted an impressive 17-3 record so far on the season, and have also won each of their past six meets, including a win against Davenport this weekend before the postseason. GVL | ARCHIVE

GVSU men’s and women’s swimming and diving win to conclude regular season KADY VOLMERING SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

The Grand Valley State men and women’s swimming & diving team came to a close on their regular season, as their last meet took place on Saturday, Jan. 19, in Kentwood. The teams faced off with Indianapolis and Davenport, pulling through wins all around. The No. 3 ranked men beat Indy 151-147, while the women won 200-105, also beating Davenport 237-60. This advances the Lakers’ record to 17-3 heading into postseason. The men defeated No. 1 Indy with several swimmers earning first and second places. The 400-relay team of junior Harry Shalamon, freshman Keegan Hawkins, sophomore Oscar Saura Armengol and senior Ben Walling placed second with a time of 3:24.74, with the team of freshman Noah Ellis, senior Marius Mikalauskas, sophomore Joe Zlotnick and senior JD Ham following close behind, nabbing third with a time of 3:28.41.

Shalamon grabbed first place in the 100 back with a time of 50.96, while Hawkins added another first-place win in the 100-breast stroke with a time of 57.32. The Lakers surged forward when they went 1-2-3 in the 50 free with Walling placing first at 21.33, Ham in second at 21.40 and Bruce in third at 21.66. The No. 11 ranked women’s team dominated in their meets against Indy and Davenport, winning 11 events. The women came out strong, winning first and second place in the 200 relays. The team of freshman Meda Kulbaciauskaite, senior Celia Hoag, senior Mercedes Martinez and senior Lara Deibel hit first with a time of 3:56.11, with the team of freshman Melina de Cort, freshman Samantha Laurich, sophomore Freyja Garbaccio and senior Hannah Richard close behind in second at 3:7.08. Junior Melina Goebel came in first in the 1000 free at a time with 10:22.02 with senior Caroline Brereton in third at 10:41.72. The Lakers placed well in the 100-breast, with Hoag in

first and Laurich in second. For the divers, junior Mikayla Karasek earned two wins for the Lakers, first on the 1-meter board at 306.75 and then on the 3-meter board at 257.05. Overall, both the men and women ended the season strong, leaving on a high note as they head into preparation for the conference meet. The Lakers compete in the GLIAC championships starting Feb. 20, in Cleveland. Head coach Andy Boyce says that they are going to continue to do what they’d be doing all season long to prepare for the post meets. “We have a nice mix of freshman to seniors on the team, and they know what to expect,” Boyce said. “They’ve been working hard to get to this point. I believe that good things could come this weekend, and all the way to the national championships.” After facing good competition over the weekend, continuing onto a six-win streak, the Lakers are set up to succeed in conference play in four weeks and national play afterwards. In

order to get in the best racing conditions, Boyce says that the teams will cut back in yardage per day and increase speed intensity. “We’ll have to rest a little bit more and put more speed in practice,” Boyce said. “Less yardage will have them fresh and ready to race.” Boyce hopes that cutting down on yards swam in practice and focusing on speed will have the teams well rested and should result in better times. Having one common goal and mentality will also aid in both the men and women’s success in post play. Boyce says that one important aspect to the team’s success is looking at themselves as one big family and supporting each other and maintaining positivity throughout the entire meet. “If you don’t have a great swim or dive, you’ve got pick it up again and do better on the next,” Boyce said. “The team is there to help support you. It’s really an individual sport but the team is there to help support you and having that support on the side of the pool makes a big difference.”

TAKE A DEEP BREATH: A GVSU swimmer comes to the surface to take a breath in the middle of his breast stroke. GVL | ARCHIVE


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PUCK DROP: Grand Valley State’s Tommy Carey looks to not only win the faceoff, but also pass off the puck to either Austin Koleski on his left and Daniel Smith on his right in a game from earlier this season at the Georgetown Ice Center. Carey and the rest of the Lakers are in the midst of a two game winning streak, and look to roll that good momentum into Friday’s game against MSU. COURTESY | BRIANNA SLAGER

PURSUIT TOWARD THE GOAL: Sophomore forward Evan Newel races an eager opponent toward the glass to grab a puck in a game from earlier this season at the Georgetown Ice Center. Newel and the rest of the Grand Valley State Lakers had a successful weekend, as they defeated the Indiana Hoosiers on Friday, Jan. 18 and they beat them again on Saturday, Jan. 19. COURTESY | BRIANNA SLAGER

Men’s DII club hockey sweeps Indiana in weekend doubleheader BY JERROD FATTAL SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

The Grand Valley State men’s club hockey team swept the Indiana Hoosiers this weekend with 5-4 and 3-2 victories on Friday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan. 19. The Lakers entered the weekend on a six-game losing skid, dating back to Dec. 1, but after back-to-back wins on the road, the team appears to playing their best hockey of the season. “We played really well,” said head coach Carl Trosien. “Our

overall team play, chemistry and bench energy were really good this week. I think we really turned a corner as a team. Heading into Friday’s game, the Lakers game plan was to control the puck. “We did that and our time of possession was really good.” Despite controlling the puck and getting numerous shots on goal, the score was tied after the first period. That changed five minutes into the second period when freshman Trevor Zenas opened the floodgates with a rebound goal. That was soon followed up

with a goal by senior Danny Smith after an assist from sophomore Cameron Dyde. The Laker flurry didn’t stop there and with four minutes left in the period, senior Thomas Luzynski found Zenas for his second goal of the night. “My teammates did a really nice job setting me up and I started to take advantage of my chances in the second period,” Zenas said. Down 3-0 late in the second period, the Hoosiers began to fight back, scoring four unanswered goals and taking a lead midway

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through the third period. “It was an emotional roller coaster,” Trosien said. “We had some breakdowns while we were in the penalty that cost us.” The Lakers returned with back-to-back power play goals by junior Nick Beers and Dyde to give GVSU a 5-4 victory. “We were the better hockey team for most of the night and Trevor (Zenas) played really well for us,” Trosien said. Heading into the second game of the doubleheader, GVSU simplified their offensive attack and it made all the difference. Early in the first period, Luzynski found Zenas again for one of his two goals on the day, giving GVSU an early 1-0 lead. “I made a good move and

capitalized on it,” Zenas said. The Lakers continued to control the puck for the majority of the game and they took a 2-0 lead into the third period after a Danny Smith assist and Cameron Dyde goal. The score would only hold for a few minutes as the dynamic duo of Luzynski and Zenas connected on their second goal of the game, giving the Lakers a 3-0 lead. The Hoosiers responded with two goals of their own, cutting the lead to one with three minutes to play. After a couple of Hoosier shots on net in the closing minutes, the GVSU defense would hold and go on to win the game 3-2. “Our goaltenders played

really well this weekend and the majority of the goals they gaveup were on power plays,” Trosien said. Following their two road wins against Indiana, the Lakers overall record improved to 12-9-1 on the year. “Everyone is buying in and we are working harder to try and build off that momentum,” Zenas said. The first game of GVSU’s upcoming homeand-home doubleheader will be played at the “Pack the George” event at the Georgetown Ice Center at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 against Michigan State, then the Lakers travel to MSU for a Saturday night 6:30 p.m. puck drop.

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EYES ON THE PRIZE: Grand Valley State forward Tommy Carey looks up the ice and prepares for his next move before a face-off against a Trine opponent in a game from the 2017-18 season at the Georgetown Ice Center. Carey has had quite an illutrious career playing for the DII club hockey team at GVSU, and looks to end it on a high note with a strong finish to this up-and-down season. GVL | ARCHIVE

Graduated forward Tommy Carey looks back on a resilient, successful career at GVSU BY ELI ONG SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

“The biggest thing we get out of it is seeing the kids smile. And hopefully we will also see that the lessons we’re teaching, not only the fundamentals of hockey, but also the life values are sinking in,” said National

Hockey League Hall of Fame Defenseman Bobby Orr. That smile – and the fundamentals that came with it – was present on Grand Valley State forward Tommy Carey’s face from a young age. “I first started playing hockey around the age of three,” Carey said. “I got on the rink

from a young age and it really took off from there.” Carey grew up living, eating and breathing hockey, playing on multiple youth hockey teams each year growing up and then eventually travel hockey once he reached high school. However, at the conclu-

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sion of high school, Carey’s hockey career took a long and winding path before he ended up playing at GVSU. “Originally after I graduated high school I went to Eastern Michigan for a year,” Carey said. “But after playing hockey there I just didn’t really like the culture and on top of that, I felt I was just too close to home.” From there, Carey says he began searching for another school a little bit further away from his hometown of Livonia, Mich. on the lower east-side of the state near Detroit. “After Eastern I was actually looking at Davenport, but the kicker was they didn’t have a supply chain management major available,” Carey said. “So I continued searching until I came across GVSU, who had a supply chain management program and that was kind of the deal breaker.” The bumps in the road did not end there for Carey though. He first had to make the club hockey team, which was a major question at the time because Carey had just broken his ankle a few weeks prior to tryouts. “Going into tryouts I had to

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up Carey and the Lakers going into overtime though, as Carey ended up having the last laugh. “Yeah that chirping only motivated me to make him eat his words,” Carey said. “Then about five minutes into OT I got a nice pass in front of the net and flicked it up and in off the upper right part of the goal post and that was it.” Carey then went on to lead the GVSU men’s DII club hockey team in points his junior year while helping lead the Lakers to a 24-0-3 record before being upset in the first round of the playoffs by ACHA Central rival Adrian. “Tommy is one of the fastest players in our division,” said head coach Carl Trosien after a game against LindenwoodBelleville University during Carey’s senior season. “That speed has allowed him to attack the net consistently and be a big asset for our club.” His senior year he played only a half dozen games, helping GVSU get off to a 6-0 start while averaging 8.83 goals per game before leaving the team to prepare for graduation.

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stuff my foot inside the skate and really tough it out,” Carey said of his ankle before tryouts his freshman year at GVSU. “The DIII coach approached me and said to sit it out and I could play for him on the DIII team in a couple weeks.” Carey told the coach that he was not interested in playing DIII hockey and continued to tough it out for another two days of tryouts with a broken ankle, after which his grit was rewarded with a spot on the GVSU men’s DII club hockey team. The rest was history for Carey, who contributed serious minutes during his sophomore year while helping GVSU make a deep run into nationals, which was his favorite memory while playing hockey at GVSU. “We were at nationals and it was late in our game against [New York University],” Carey said. “We were up 2-0 but NYU ended up coming back to tie it in the third period and their goalie started chirping about how we were done for, that we were going to choke.” That was enough to charge

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