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Suspect in off-campus rape at large BY LAUREEN HORAN ASSOCIATE1@LANTHORN.COM

Hung out to dry GV imposes sanctions on Greek Life, cite issues within the community



embers of Grand Valley State University’s fraternities and sororities were gathered on Wednesday, Oct. 31 by Associate Dean for Student Life Bob Stoll and GVSU’s Greek Life Board to participate in a Greek Life Town Hall where administrators announced sanctions imposed on all GVSU Greek chapters. The sanctions come off the heels of Sigma Phi Epsilon’s five-year ban from

GVSU last fall, and the recent twoyear ban of Kappa Sigma. During the town hall, Stoll cited four sanctions in a note from the desk of Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Loren Rullman. They include a ban of alcohol at Greek functions, an embargo of further Greek Life expansion, putting a relationship agreement between GVSU and Greek organizations on hold and the creation of a task force to investigate issues and expectations regarding Greek Life. The sanctions are currently in effect and will be until further notice.

“We can’t wait,” Stoll said during the event. “We have to do this now. We’re too close to a situation where we might lose one of you in this room and I can’t sleep with that.” Throughout the town hall, Stoll elaborated on the sanctions. The ban of alcohol at chapter events follows the definition of gatherings from each chapter’s national governing bodies. In terms of the ban on expansion, GVSU will not accept any new fraternities or sororities. Greek organizations currently in the process will continue without issue.

Rullman’s sanctions also put a freeze on a relationship agreement between Greek organizations and the university. The agreement, which would outline conduct between GVSU and each chapter will not be completed and signed until conditions improve. The announcement of the sanctions gave way to a presentation from Greek Life Board President Mikaela Padgen who responded to the new sanctions with a call for Greek Life SEE SANCTIONS | A2

The suspect involved in a reported rape near campus during the first weekend in November is at large, and Grand Valley Police say the suspect is a continuous threat to the GVSU community. GVSU students and faculty received an emergency alert early Saturday morning that read as follows: “Shortly after midnight on Nov. 3, 2018, a Grand Valley State University student reported to GVSU police they had been raped in an off-campus apartment at the Alpine Apartments complex, just west of the Allendale Campus. The victim/survivor told police they went to a party with friends at around 10 p.m. Once at the party, the victim/survivor and friends split up, and the victim/survivor was given a drink that contained an unknown substance. The victim/survivor lost consciousness, and when they woke up realized they had been sexually assaulted.” Right now, it’s unclear whether or not the party took place at Alpine Apartments or if the suspect lives there. According to office administration at Alpine Apartment, details are limited to what was given in the safety alert. “Unfortunately we don’t know any more than anyone else, but we encourage anyone with information to contact Ottawa County,” said Community Assistant at the Alpine Apartments Ramiro Vega. Since this act did not occur on campus property, the Ottawa County Sheriff ’s Office - not GVPD - is investigating the incident. Alpine Apartments sent an email alert to all residents about the incident and is employing extra security measures. “We’ve been doing security meetings, upping security and doing more patrol walks,” Vega said. In regards to this incident, Title IX Coordinator and Equity Officer for Division of Inclusion and Equity Theresa Rowland said that an administrative investigation is in place and encourages students SEE ASSAULT | A2


Students organize vigil for Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims BY NICK MORAN NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

Students, faculty, staff and community members gathered in the hundreds around the Cook-Carillon Tower on Monday, Oct. 29 with candles in hand to honor the 11 lives lost during the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh the weekend prior. The candlelight vigil and concurrent speeches were organized by students from Hillel and Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish campus organization and Jewish fraternity respectively. The vigil included speeches by members of GVSU’s Jewish community, Vice Provost of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Loren Rullman, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Maria Cimitile, President Thomas Haas and Rabbi Michael Schadick of Temple Emanuel. The crowd swelled with faces from all walks of life, which Haas said reflected the gravity of the attack on the community as a whole. “This attack in Pittsburgh was an attack on (everyone). It was an attack on our values as a people, as a nation,” Haas said during the event. “It was an attack here, at

Grand Valley, because if you look at your mission - to shape student lives, their professions and their societies - there’s an impact on us. When that happens, we need to stand strong. When I’m looking around at this group of individuals, we are standing strong.” The theme of “community” made its way through nearly every speech on Monday night, with different communities grieving, rallying and supporting one another. For Alpha Epsilon Pi President Morgan Mattler, “community” meant belonging to a synagogue very similar to the Tree of Life community. Realizing that a shooter would want to target people “simply for the crime of being Jewish” made Mattler realize that it could have just as easily been his community. “My Jewish community is no different than (the Tree of Life community), not one ounce different,” Mattler said. “Growing up, I went to a synagogue exactly like the Tree of Life, and I grew up in a tight-knit community where the elderly would get to the synagogue early and get there often. Between the baby namings, the weddings, the bar and bat mitzvahs, there was always some kind of happy occasion to cel-

ebrate and to be together for.” Mattler said he found out about the shooting on his way to the Battle of the Valleys football game, initially following the flow of information as it came in. When fellow Alpha Epsilon Pi member Ben Friedman mentioned having a vigil on campus, Mattler reached out to Allison Egrin

of Hillel, who had a similar idea, and Hillel Emerson Fellow Zach Kirshner to assemble a team to organize and speak at the vigil. “Part of (the idea) was because we had a vigil for Parkland, and I went to that and I didn’t feel impacted by it,” Friedman said. “This was an opportunity to make

an impact for people who are like me in the sense that it not only lets them know that they’re not alone, but it lets everyone else on campus know that these students are here, and right now is a very sensitive time for them.” SEE VIGIL | A2

BRIGHT LIGHTS: Standing in solidarity, guests of the vigil honoring the lives of the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting listen to speakers. The vigil was organized by students from GVSU’s Hillel organization and Alpha Epsilon Pi. GVL | NICK MORAN

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Grand Rapids Community College saw an increase of 31 percent in students coming from Grand Rapids Public Schools this semester and a 98 percent increase in dualenrollment students between 2016 and 2018. The sharp enrollment increase is indicative of Grand Rapids area students pursuing higher education as well as increased enrollment at Grand Valley State University due to the relationship between GRCC and GVSU said Associate Vice President and Director of Admissions Jody Chycinski. In the 2016 fall semester, GVSU received 405 transfer students from GRCC, with that number swelling to 431 students during the 2017 fall semester, Chycinski said. Students are able to transfer their credits from GRCC to GVSU through the Michigan Transfer Agreement, which allows students who meet certain requirements to transfer credits to universities in the state. For more coverage on increased enrollment in Grand Rapids, visit


Grand Valley State University released its annual Accountability Report at a Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, Nov. 2. The report, which compares GVSU to other Michigan universities as well as its own strategic plan’s goals, cited several areas of success over the past year. Noted in the report was first-year enrollment rising by over four percent, making it the largest in GVSU’s history. Of the 95 percent of students who graduated or went to higher education, 86 percent are giving back to Michigan through work or service. Compared to other universities in Michigan, GVSU sat top-four in retention rates at 84.5 percent, ranked in the bottom half for cost of tuition and for the seventh year in a row, GVSU earned appropriations from the state based on performance. To view the full Accountability Report, visit

as a whole to own up their flaws and find ways to improve on them. Padgen cited several headlines from the past few months about the mishaps of fraternities and sororities throughout the country — including headlines about GVSU Greek organizations — saying GVSU unfortunately fits the national trend. “We have for so long lacked awareness of the audacity of our community’s actions,” Padgen said. “Instead of focusing on and preaching the idea of a Disneyland of Greek Life, it is time to take responsibility as a whole for the actions of our Greek members.” Following Padgen’s presentation, the board opened the floor for public questions and comments. “You brought up chapters being afraid of calling 911 for help because of the repercussions that we have,”

a Sigma Pi member said. “Where do you think that culture comes from?” “What is the school going to do to repair its relationship with fraternities and sororities?” another speaker said. “You guys don’t seem like dumb people; this crowd is not on your side right now.” Other questions ranged from asking what would be done to protect the large majority of students from the potential dangers of drinking, drugs and sexual assault (noting that Greek life only makes up around eight percent of the student body) to clarifying whether or not GVSU wanted total control over its Greek life or let it self-govern. Additionally, public comments accused GVSU student administration of not attending Interfraternity Council (IFC) meetings, hindering communication between Greek life and administration. One speaker also noted an absence of support from the university in Greek organiza-

tion’s philanthropic efforts, directly citing one instance during a Greek Life fundraiser where GVSU’s social media only “liked” a tweet describing their efforts as annoying. One comment also noted Greek organizations going independent at University of Michigan — where Rullman served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs before coming to GVSU — stating that the new sanctions could lead to a “slippery slope” to some organizations going independent. Several public speakers gave examples of community work and fundraisers stemming from both the community and their chapters, as well as personal anecdotes as to how the values obtained from Greek life are life-changing. Throughout their responses, Stoll and Padgen noted that the board was not questioning the morality or good-doings of Greek Life, but create methods of communication where the

few issues could be addressed. “We see all of the good work that you do - the philanthropy work, the volunteering, the service, the leadership - but all of that stuff gets erased instantly every time one of these (bad) situations happen,” Stoll said. Speakers also asked how this would affect the rest of the university’s community. Padgen noted that it is the responsibility of the Greek Life Board and IFC to work together to improve conditions starting with Greek Life. “I understand completely the idea that we’re not the only problem on this campus, but we also need to reflect as a community on the fact that we are the ones who pledged values, not the other 92 percent of the university,” Padgen said. “We were the ones who said we were going to do better and be better.” The town hall, which initially intended to end at 10:30 p.m. sharp, lasted until 11 p.m. after the speaker list was exhausted.

REPLENISH BENEFITS FROM BATTLE OF THE VALLEYS DONATION, DISCUSSES HUNGER ON CAMPUS Battle of the Valleys, Grand Valley State University’s annual fundraising competition against Saginaw Valley State University, raised over $15,000 for Replenish, GVSU’s on-campus food pantry, this year. Gayle R. Davis Center of Women and Gender Equity Associate Director Sharalle Arnold said that the funds not only benefited the pantry’s goals of being able to provide for students in need, but also gave rise to difficult conversations about hunger in the days following Battle of the Valleys. Arnold said that in these highly political times, she encourages students to take action against campus food insecurity. By continuing the conversation that Battle of the Valleys started, Arnold said that students should take that momentum in a state-wide direction. “Replenish is a temporary fix,” Arnold said. “It is not a long-term solution. It is not the answer to campus food insecurity.” For more in-depth coverage on campus food insecurity in wake of Battle of the Valleys, visit

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SOBER SORORITY: The Alpha Sigma Tau sorority house sits on Pierce Street. All sororities and fraternities are subject to new sanctions imposed by GVSU banning alcohol at functions and halting expansion until a new task force identifies and fixes community issues. GVL | SHEILA BABBITT


to be vigilant. “We will respond quickly and effectively and assist those who contact the Title IX Office by coordinating interim safety measures and academic accommodations,” Rowland said. “We encourage anyone seeking support and resources to

contact Krystal Diel, Victim Advocate. Additional reporting options, along with health and safety options can be found at www.” Because the perpetrator of the assault is unknown, this is a continuous threat to the Grand Valley campus community. Students are advised to stay vigilant: keep an eye on friends at parties and never leave

drinks unattended. Students can download the GVPD RAVE LakerGuardian app on their smartphones to submit anonymous tips via text message or obtain a virtual guardian while they walk alone. Anyone with information should call the Ottawa County Sheriff ’s Office at (616) 738-4022 or Silent Observer at (877) 887-4536. Your tip could prevent an-

other student from being a victim of sexual violence. If you see suspicious activity, call 911. If you are a victim of sexual assault, seek assistance by calling police. Additional resources are available through the GVSU Center for Women and Gender Equity and Victim Advocate Krystal Diel at (616) 331-2748 or


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SUPPORTING SURVIVORS: Members of Delta Sigma Phi fly a sign outside of their house following the announcement of a reported rape on Nov 3. The perpetrator of the assault is still unknown, so those with info are encouraged to contact GVPD. COURTESY | CARTER ENGLER



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Friedman said he grew up very connected to a range of religious attacks in his hometowns. “This is the largest Jewish-targeted attack since the Kansas City Jewish community center (attack), which I grew up with in Kansas City,” Friedman said. “It was the largest religious attack since the Sikh Temple (attack) outside of Milwaukee (where I lived).”

As the vigil drew to a close, Schadick spoke about the outpouring support that his synagogue’s community - the largest in West Michigan - has received. Before leading the crowd in prayer to close his speech, he said the kind words and gestures surrounding the Jewish community gave a comforting reassurance that things would get better. “I felt (tikvah) on Saturday evening soon after I arrived at the synagogue for an afternoon bat mitzvah ceremony,” Schad-

ick said. “Someone knocked on the temple door, who I don’t know, and handed us a bouquet of roses, and said to us, ‘You’re in our prayers and know that you’re not alone…’ Despite this tragedy of 11 lives being lost, there is in fact, tikvah: hope.” Between the flickering of candles, speeches and hands binding a crowd nearly 300 strong together, Friedman said that he’s been greeted with a moment of comfort in an area where he has typically felt like a religious outsider. “When I came and toured here on campus, I

felt like an outsider with the surrounding area being so Christian,” Friedman said. “This has been the first reaffirmation of comfort... (The vigil) was a reaffirmation of ‘you are welcome here.’” For students still seeking support, Mattler said that both Hillel and Alpha Epsilon Pi are available to work with and listen to students. On campus, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and University Counseling Center all offer resources for students affected by the shooting.




FRIENDLY FACULTY: Working with a student, a faculty member looks over her paperwork. GVSU’s Student Success Network Program pairs first-time college students with a faculty member and upperclassman student to provide them with resources to welcome them to the community. The program was created with improving the student experience and increasing retention rates for these students. COURTESY | GVSU

Faculty builds relationships, supports first-time students through new program BY SHILOH REYNOLDS NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

According to data presented by College Factual, the nationwide college freshman retention rate is approximately 72 percent. US News reports that Grand Valley State University’s retention rate — which they consider to be “an indicator of student satisfaction” — is currently at 84 percent. While this number is higher than the national average, GVSU officials are continuing to work on improving these rates through the recent implementation of the Student Success Network Program.

Largely overseen by Director of Faculty Initiatives for Student Success Brian Hatzel, this program groups first-time college students with a faculty partner and an upperclassmen student partner. The Student Success Network Program seeks to facilitate interaction between students and faculty members in order to provide students with resources and help them feel more connected to the university. “Literature tells us that faculty interaction with students is some of the most important interactions (for students during college),” Hatzel said. “I think one of the biggest reasons why

students would want to transfer or feel unhappy at their university is that they don’t feel connected to the institution. I think students really value feeling connected to faculty, and this program has the explicit intent to have faculty partners across the board.” This year, approximately 1600 first-time college students and 34 faculty members are involved, with 20 to 80 students in each network group. Groups were randomly selected on the Friday session of Transition Week in August and student partners were selected from their involvement as an orientation or transitions leader.

Each network group has different opportunities for involved students. For instance, some faculty partners organized group trips to ArtPrize in downtown Grand Rapids, or hiking on the ravine trails to get to know one another. However, in addition to physical meetings, faculty partners often send out emails or Blackboard announcements to their groups with advice for study habits and ways to deal with homesickness and stress. “We recognize that students can get uncomfortable talking to faculty, so we provide emails and other media resources to help them succeed even if they don’t come

to the program,” Hatzel said. Hatzel said that no specific activities have been scheduled for the Student Success Network groups next semester. However, there will be more faculty training as well as a debrief with faculty partners in December to discuss how they feel the groups are working. Plans will be made from there. Evidence of changes in freshman-to-sophomore year retention will not be visible until GVSU enrollment numbers are available next fall. While Hatzel said that he recognizes that obtaining a retention rate of 100 percent is not realistic, he said that he is “charged to get it

as high as I can.” Hatzel, who serves as a faculty partner for a group of 66 students, said he was excited to be involved with this initiative. “I wanted to be involved in work that would benefit students outside of the classroom,” Hatzel said. “I was a first generation college student and I learned some lessons in a challenging way, and I hope to pass those on. I encourage students to reach out and connect with their partners. Some are, many aren’t. I advise them to take advantage of the faculty that are there to support them.”


Former GVSU provost honored with two new awards






In October, Grand Valley State University announced that there will be two new awards given out to students and faculty alike in honor of former provost Gayle R. Davis. Davis is also the former executive vice president for academic and student affairs, and though she retired from her career at GVSU in 2017, her legacy carries on. Davis was appointed provost in 2002, and during her time at the university she made many strides in improving the community. As President Thomas J. Haas said, Davis was an influential leader during her time at GVSU. “I’m thrilled that we had provost Davis here for 15 years of service as she was a transformational leader for our university,” Haas said. “(Davis had taken) us as the second provost into this century in a way that really benefited students’ success.” This is why GVSU created two new awards in her honor: the Gayle R. Davis Excellence in Leadership Award and the Gayle R. Davis First Generation College Student

Emerging Leader Award. “I’m thrilled that we’re able to recognize her because of the core business that she was able to enable for all of us,” Haas said. The Gayle R. Davis Excellence in Leadership Award will be presented to a faculty or staff member in December, and the winner will receive $1,000. Haas stated that they are looking for someone who is “the change agent with significant impact who really understands that collaboration is an important way to get to where we need to be.” The Gayle R. Davis First Generation College Student Emerging Leader Award will be presented to either a sophomore or junior student at the annual Student Awards Convocation in April. The qualifications for this award are nearly identical to that of the prior one, however they have been slightly modified in order to be awarded to a student rather than a faculty member. “What we are looking for now is an emergent student leader and the first in their family to attend college and who shows promise as a future leader,” Haas said.

Haas continued by stating some of the necessary candidate criteria, saying “we’re going to say (a student with) positive impact, collaboration and has been accelerating academically with a high GPA.” The Student Emerging Leader Award “was a very personal award for Gayle” according to Haas. He elaborated by explaining how Davis was a first generation college student, and how he was one as well. The selection process for the Student Emerging Leader Award will go through the dean. Haas said that the dean and his colleagues make that determination “as they do with other student awards for the student convocation.” The selection process for the Excellence in Leadership Award will be slightly different. “(The award) will come to the President’s Cabinet and we will look at the numbers on the people who have come forward and we will select the best of the best,” Haas said. LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

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By Athena Jasman

Why GV safety alerts aren’t enough for student safety


his past weekend, the Grand Valley Police Department Safety Alert system notified students of a sexual assault that occurred at an off campus apartment near Grand Valley’s Allendale campus. These alerts help inform the GV community of some of the sexual assaults that occur near campus, but fail to report on all reported instances of assault. In fact, GVPD only issues safety alerts for cases of sexual assault where there may be a threat to the community. In instances where perpetrators are identified or in police custody, alerts are usually not issued. Is this giving a false representation of the number of sexual assaults near GVSU? Students may fall into the belief that the low number of alerts is conducive to a low number of sexual assaults. While these alerts help keep the community informed on some assaults, students are missing out on vital information that could impact their homes and their lives. In the past, the GVSU safety alert system has brought awareness to sexual violence near GVSU and inspired Student Senate to form a sexual assault awareness committee. This committee has worked to understand sexual assault’s impact on victims and the community and facilitated education materials and discussion settings to maintain a dialogue on sexual violence prevention. “(The committee) was created in response to a higher number of sexual assault alerts from campus security last year,” said Student Senate President Rachel Jenkin at a recent Grand Valley panel on sexual assault awareness. These alerts have brought more awareness to the topic of sexual assault at GVSU, but only scratch the surface of assaults occurring near Allendale campus. Since the beginning of the school year, there has been at least one reported sexual assault each week. This means of the few safety alerts students have received this year, almost 11 reported assaults were not communicated to the com-

munity. While students may not want to be notified of all crime taking place off campus, the limited amount of sexual assault alerts students do receive may be giving them a false sense of security. The truth is it can be difficult for students to remain aware of the assaults and crime that is taking place near them, especially any details in the reports. While the alert system can give some insight into potential safety risks, these alerts are only sent out if the crime meets certain requirements. Even when assaults and crime take place at off-campus apartments, students remain in the dark on information pertaining to their location. Last June, a shooting occurred in Copper Beech Apartments near the Allendale campus where two individuals were shot. According to a previous resident, Copper Beech Apartments never informed residents of the shooting, leaving many to rely on local news for information. This lack of communication has put the work on students to find out what is going on, which isn’t an easy task. GVPD updates their weekly incident log on their website which includes the incident, address and date. However, these incident reports only provide the basic information and may leave out details that could concern students. Grand Valley students have been left to their own devices to investigate what is going on where they live and where they attend school. While the safety alert system does notify the community of some reported assaults, it may be giving the impression that less assaults are occurring than the actual number of reports. The lack of communication and transparency from off campus apartments can also keep students from hearing about assaults that may have occurred right next door. Grand Valley’s commitment to student safety needs to be facilitated through communication, so students can remain aware of any safety precautions they should be taking.


What does “media conglomerate” mean for our news consumption?


The consumption of news has been profound since the first newspaper was published in 1690, and has grown tremendously through the rise of multimedia platforms. It is safe to assume that everyone in the United States receives some form of news or information throughout their day, but not many can say they truly know where the information they are getting stems from. A media conglomerate, or a company that owns numerous companies involved in mass media enterprises, is something that not many people even know of, but it is crucial in understanding where

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mation I am obtaining and where it is coming from. Now, since 90 percent of United States media comes from only six major companies that own numerous publications and broadcasts as well, this produces endless questions for me. Does this mean certain news stations are fixed on specific frames because of the company that they are under? What does this mean for the news and information that is being delivered? Who decides what news platform should be followed under this company? The questions go on and on, and it is a bit troubling to me, so I dug a little deeper into what goes on within Grand Rapids’ news world. I took a closer look into MLive and Grand Rapids Press. They cover all forms of multimedia journalism for the Grand Rapids area. Now, Grand Rapids Press is owned by the company Advance Publications, which is an American media company. This means that anything that MLive or Grand Rapids Press is under the authorization of Advance Publications. But that is not all. Advance Publications is under The Discovery Channel Company, an American

pay television channel. The Discovery Channel is owned by 21st Century Fox, which is one of the six major companies that controls 90 percent of media in the United States. It is one huge spider web connected together. Many people do not know what this means for the variety in the news that we receive, and it is not easy to tell exactly. While this may not be dangerous to the United States, it is not exactly how I pictured our world of media to look like and it makes me question the practices and frames behind the news that I am consuming. The framing theory basically means that media focuses its attention on certain events and places them with a field of meaning. So, without you even knowing, a news source can be delivering news to you with a specific frame in mind, shaping how you look at an event or topic without you even knowing. How we take this information is all up to you, but next time you watch, read, or listen to the news, take a step back and think about where it is really coming from.

Do not underestimate the voice of students


your news is coming from. These enterprises consist of television, radio, publishing, motion pictures, theme parks and the internet. It is known that 90 percent of the United States media is controlled by six major companies: Comcast, Fox, The Walt Disney Company, Viacom, AT&T and CBS. All six of these are under media conglomerate, and all of those companies are where are major sources of news comes from. Think of all the different forms of publications and broadcasts there are in the United States. There are so many we almost cannot even keep track of them, yet so many of them share one thing in common: where they come from. Now, I don’t know if it’s only me that finds this crazy, but the fact that 90 percent of our media in the United States comes from only six companies blows my mind. This means on 10 percent of the United States media comes from elsewhere, and who knows where that is from? The other 10 percent is not even mentioned most of the time, and to me that is a very scary thought, as I like to be aware of the infor-



On Friday, the Community Service and Learning Center held its weekly “Coffee and Conversations” event. Our goal was to create an intimate place for students to come, grab a cup of coffee, and talk about what they see as the biggest issues in our country while defining their American Dream.

They had a lot to say. For an hour, we sat with each other, munched on bagels, and talked. This week’s topic revolved around the issue of gun control. We had nuanced conversations about what guns symbolize to us, how that may be different from others, and how we can all work together to find common ground. Some people talked a lot, some people only talked once or twice, but it was clear that everyone had something to say. On a college campus, I think it’s really easy to take advantage of the power of the student voice. We are surrounded by students— it’s almost a given that student voices will be heard. But out in the “real world,” a phrase many adults like to use to separate college and post-college life, student voices

are just as important. Students have been responsible for many of our country’s most successful movements. In the 1960s and 70s, student protests led to a shift in what Americans believed about the Vietnam War. More recently, high school students in Florida have waged the most salient gun-control movement this nation has ever seen. Whether you believe in the causes of these movements, it mustn’t be denied that the voice of students cannot, and will not be ignored. Moreover, they shouldn’t be ignored. I think it’s easy for “the real world” to try to dismiss students’ opinions because we’re “young”, “inexperienced”, or “naive”, when in reality this is not the case. I’ve met students that have struggled more than I

have, more than my parents or my grandparents. I know fellow college students that are smarter than any adult in my life. Students not only have a voice, they have a mind that thinks about things through a lens that hasn’t been corrupted by adulthood. If those in the “real world” were smart, they’d engage with what students have to say. Sitting with a small group of students, sipping on my coffee, discussing what our American Dreams were, I knew I was looking at our future leaders. And I was really proud to be a part of that. If you’d like to be a part of this with us, the Campus Democratic Engagement Coalition will hold Coffee and Conversations every Friday from 11 to 12:30 in the Kirkhof Solarium.




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“An alert is fine as long as victim information is private. Keeping people aware is important.”

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YEAR: Junior MAJOR: Sociology HOMETOWN: Hudsonville, Mich.




College of Education to undergo revisions in coming years BY MCKENNA PEARISO ASSOCIATE@LANTHORN.COM

Grand Valley’s College of Education undergraduate education programs will be seeing some changes in the next few years. These changes come directly from the state of Michigan who have requested that

all teacher education programs be revised no later than 2021. Most of these revisions will be reflected in coursework that is specialized to the grade bands students are studying to teach. “COE and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ curriculum is changing to meet the needs of the newly designed grade

bands,” said Associate Dean for the College of Education Caryn M. King. “Specifically, different grade bands will emphasize different content areas based on the needs of children and adolescents.” According to the Michigan Department of Education, there are five grade bands

TRIUMPHANT TEACHERS: Education majors celebrate their graduation. GVSU’s College of Education will experience changes stemming from a state-wide request. COURTESY | GVSU COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

consisting of pre-kindergarten to grade three, grades three through six, grades five through nine, grades seven through 12 and pre-kindergarten to grade 12. These grade bands were created to specialize content area coursework and fieldwork for each specific grade band and the requirements it has. Grand Valley’s College of Education undergraduate programs include elementary education, which allows graduates to teach all subjects from pre-kindergarten to grade five and the major subjects in grades six to eight, secondary education, which requires a secondary major as an emphasis, as well as special education and elementary with a Spanish endorsement. “The COE is a nationally accredited college,” King said. “With national accreditation we constantly engage in ongoing program improvement based on data. We have a robust data collection and analysis system we use regularly to monitor our teacher candidates’ progress as they matriculate through the program. Two significant changes we have made is we are now offering undergraduates an Early Childhood minor and an Eng-

lish as a Second Language minor as additional options.” This analysis has resulted in a reworking of these education programs to provide students with teaching experiences that are unique to the grade band they want to teach. These changes come from the Michigan Department of Education, who are aiming to become a top ten education state in the next decade and believe these revisions can help achieve that. The revision also comes from a recent decline of educators in the state of Michigan. “There is beginning to be a teacher shortage in Michigan and across the country as interest in becoming a teacher has drastically declined,” King said. “Most likely this is due to high expectations of teachers, low salaries, reduced benefits and teacher accountability systems that are tied to student achievement.” Michigan’s teacher shortage has been concerning districts across the state, with the Michigan Department of Education publishing a critical shortage list of open positions in multiple districts. While a big part of this shortage is low salaries and benefits with high expectations, there is also a difficulty for col-

lege students to pursue a degree in education as it is commonly a five year commitment. For some, the longer program length can deter them from seeking out a degree in education, sometimes due to monetary issues or time restraints. Part of this revision will make an effort to shorten some of the program by removing courses that do not fall into a students designated grade band. “We are designing more streamlined programs with fewer credit requirements that can be completed in under five years,” King said. These revisions are still in the process of being applied to the program and there is currently no set date to when the new programs will be administered to education students. While the College of Education continues to examine and apply new changes and ideas to their programs, these revisions that come from the state of Michigan will hopefully help specialize courses for students. By specializing programs, shortening degree time and focusing on the needs of students, perhaps these revisions can help bring more quality teachers to Michigan.


GVSU hosts 22nd annual multicultural seminar BY ALEXANDRA LOYD NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

On Friday, Nov. 2, Grand Valley State University hosted their 22nd Annual Multicultural Seminar in the Kirkhof Center. Each year, the seminar focuses on a different social justice and or diversity issue. This year, the one-day conference titled “Healing

the Trauma of Exploitation,” explored the narratives and neurological development of human trafficking victims in the United States. The event was put on to help create cultures where recovery from trafficking can take place, as well as to provide students and audience members with resources, interventions and warning

signs for human trafficking victims in health settings. “The event covered specific topics such as the connection between a trafficking victim’s behavior and trauma triggers; the impacts of trauma, such as trafficking on the brain and the social and cultural factors that play into exploitation with human trafficking,” GVSU Counseling Center’s Latrece McDan-

iel said. “It also recognized warning signs in adults and minors, particularly in health settings, and interventions to assist with support and reporting trafficking.” The seminar was hosted by Andy Soper, an advocate for some of the most vulnerable people in the community, serving as a guide and a teacher for professionals who want to be effective in their approach to

traumatized people. Soper founded the Manasseh Project in 2011, a faith-based and social organization made to help people become aware of the sex trafficking issue, especially in west Michigan. He also opened the first shelter for human trafficking victims in Michigan. After years of being an advocate, he then helped to

open headquarters in 2014 – Grand Rapids’ Runaway and Homeless Youth DropIn-Center. McDaniel shared that guests were eager to attend the event because Human Trafficking, although everywhere, is particularly prevalent in west Michigan. LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

TRAFFICKING TALK: Guests gather for the Annual Multicultural Seminar. This year’s focus was human trafficking. GVL | DANIEL PACHECO


Each year, the Grand Valley State University Dance Marathon team hosts “LakerThon,” an event that consists of 12 hours of dancing, food and games. All proceeds from the event go to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Last year, the Dance Marathon team raised over 30,000 dollars, and all proceeds from the event went to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Due to their success, the team was recently invited to attend the Spectrum Health’s Celebration of Philanthropy Night. Here, the team was honored by Spectrum Health and rewarded for their hard work. Registration and donations for the 2019 LakerThon is now open. The 2019 LakerThon is taking place Saturday, March 30 at the Fieldhouse Arena.



Gand Valley students help create “Halloween Heroes” at Mary Free Bed ELYSE GREENWOOD EGREENWOOD@LANTHORN.COM

LGBT RESOURCE CENTER TO HOST POP-UP SHOP This Saturday, Nov. 10 the LGBT Resource Center is holding a free pop-up clothing shop for the transgender and genderqueer community at DeVos Center 122E in Downtown Grand Rapids. According to the event page, the “Wear the Rainbow” event provides a space for the trans and queer community to access clothing items and skills that celebrate and affirm their authentic selves. People of all gender expressions are welcome to attend the event, and clothing of all styles and sizes will be available.


Friday, Nov. 9 is a Dance Audition Day for Grand Valley State University students interested in pursuing a major or minor in dance in the department of music, theatre and dance. The auditions will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m at the Haas Center for Performing Arts. The day will consist of auditions for Ballet Technique and Modern Technique. Women interested in auditioning for ballet should wear a black leotard, pink tights and soft ballet shoes, while men should wear black tights, a white fitted dance shirt and ballet shoes. Women interested in auditioning for modern should wear a dark, solid color leotard with tights and bare feet, while men should wear black tights, a white fitted dance shirt and bare feet. More information on the schedule is available at

GV OPERA THEATRE TO PRESENT MASQUERADE The Grand Valley State University Opera Theatre is presenting Masquerade on Friday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 11. The performance is taking place at the Peter Martin Wege Theatre in Grand Rapids. Masquerade will feature the Grand Rapids Ballet School Junior Company, the GVSU Early Music Ensemble and the GVSU Opera Theatre. Tickets for the event are now available at the Grand Rapids Ballet Box Office or on Ticketmaster. The shows on Friday and Saturday are taking place at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday production is taking place at 2 p.m.

SPOOKY SEASON: GVSU students make dream costumes for kids at the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. COURTESY | CHRIS MILLS

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is known for being one of the only hospitals in Michigan that has a unit specifically for inpatient pediatric care, which serves about 130 children and teens each year. For the past three years, the hospital has been bringing joy to the children’s Halloween festivities through a special event called Halloween Heroes. Grand Valley State University’s Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering students have been involved in Mary Free Bed’s Halloween Heroes since the very beginning, with 30 students participating in the event this year. Halloween Heroes aims to give children the Halloween experience of a lifetime by al-

lowing them to dress up as whatever they desire. The students designed and created 27 costumes that are not limited by wheelchairs or other disabilities. Each costume requires extensive planning and designing in order to incorporate wheelchairs because, just like how each child is unique, every wheelchair is also unique. However, no child’s costume dreams are ever too big for the GVSU students to accomplish. “When the kids arrive, we immediately start building the frame around the wheelchair,” said Taylor Rieckhoff, a fifthyear masters student at GVSU who took the lead on designing costumes this year. LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE


Seidman College of Business to host ATHENA Connections BY AMY MCNEEL LAKERLIFE@LANTHORN.COM

According to Greek mythology, Athena is a goddess known for her courage, strength and wisdom. Today, these characteristics are brought to life through ATHENA Connections, a program focused on connecting students to leaders in west Michigan. On Friday, Nov. 9 from 12 to 2 p.m., the Seidman College of Business is hosting ATHENA Connections at the L. William Seidman Center located in downtown Grand Rapids. At the event, students will learn about the ATHENA Leadership Model, which focuses on eight tenets: authentic self, relationships, giving back,

collaboration, courageous acts, learning, fierce advocacy and celebration and joy. “The ATHENA Connections program is to bring the ATHENA models and their principles to students,” said Associate State Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center Jennifer Deamud. “It allows for students to hear about those principles as well as hear from community leaders both in the panel discussion, as well as the Keynote speaker. In addition to that, it allows students to connect with community leaders so that they can form relationships so that as they grow in their leadership skills, they have trusted individuals in the community that they can leverage.” The event will include

LEADERSHIP: ATHENA Connections provdes an opportunity for students to connect with local leaders. COURTESY | JEANIFER DEAMUD

speakers, a panel discussion and time for networking. Speakers include Master of Ceremonies (EMCEE) Shelly Irwin, 2016 ATHENA Award winner and keynote speaker

Jennifer Maxson, a 2018 ATHENA award winner. LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE


Delta Phi Lambda to showcase different cultures at annual event AMANDA ROGERS AROGERS@LANTHORN.COM

SISTERS: The Delta Phi Lambda sorority is hosting its 11th annual Global Gala, an event that showcases the beauty of different cultures within the Grand Valley community. COURTESY | DELTA PHI LAMBDA

On Friday, Nov. 9, Delta Phi Lambda sorority will be hosting their annual Global Gala in order to showcase the different cultures at Grand Valley State University. This event will take place in the Grand River Room of Kirkhof Center at 6 p.m. The event will consist of a variety of performances by student organizations as well as free food and raffle prizes. “I am excited to be able to bring people together,” said Co-Planning Chair of the event and President of Delta Phi Lambda Jennifer Ung. “With a lot of hate and differences in this world, it is impor-

tant to bring people together through common interests.” Ung also said that their sorority believes it is important to be able to showcase the student organizations and how they are doing great things for the community. Global Gala is a great learning opportunity and a way to highlight the beauty of every culture. There will be a total of eight performances throughout the night; one of these performances being Jowei Yek who will be singing “Yellow” by Coldplay in two different languages: Mandarin and English. Yek said that he chose “Yellow” because it was the song that changed the view of the word ‘yellow’ from being a de-

rogatory word against Asians to a beautiful word to describe love and the stars. “I am very honored to be invited again this year,” Yek said. “I think Global Gala is a great platform for me to share my culture with my friends and other students at Grand Valley.” This will be Delta Phi Lambda’s 11th time hosting this event on campus. Ung said that with being the only Asian sorority on campus, they want people to feel connected with their culture. After all, Delta Phi Lambda’s mission statement is to bring diverse experiences. LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE






The Grand Valley State women’s basketball team got their new season started with a huge win - although it won’t count on their record - on Thursday, Nov. 1 as they traveled to Wisconsin and beat the No. 19 ranked Marquette Golden Eagles, 77-75. Junior center Cassidy Boensch, who led all Lakers in scoring with 28 points, hit a layup with four seconds left that would ultimately be the gamewinning bucket. GVSU dominated the Golden Eagles for the majority of the game, leading the contest for 35 of the 40 total game minutes, leading by double digits at one point and shooting 50 percent from the field. They also bested Marquette in rebounds (38-28), while managing to also turn the ball over less (18-16). The Lakers will open their regular season at home this Friday, Nov. 9 against Maryville before a Saturday afternoon match-up with Missouri-St.Louis.


The Grand Valley State men’s and women’s cross country teams started the 2018 postseason with a sweep of the GLIAC at the Gainey Sports Complex in Grand Rapids this weekend. The men captured their 17th straight conference title in the 8k race, while the women claimed their 18th consecutive and 19th overall GLIAC Championship with 17 points. Prior to the race, both teams entered the race ranked No. 3 in the nation in the most recent U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Championships Coaches Association poll. The cross country program also boast both the men’s and women’s Runners of the Year, as senior Zach Panning and graduate student Sarah Berger were able to claim the titles. Both runners finished first in their respective races. GVSU will now prep for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championsips hosted by Hillsdale College on Saturday, Nov. 17.


Both the GVSU men’s and women’s teams split their two GLIAC meets last weekend, as they both beat Saginaw Valley State before falling to Northern Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 3. In the SVSU meet, the men were able to beat the Cardinals, 204-76. The women were also able to dominate in the water, drowning the Cardinals 214-84 on Saturday. Neither of the Laker teams were able to claim victories against the Wildcats, as the men lost to NMU 174.5-122.5 and the women came up short, losing by a reasonable margin, 171.5-115.5. Neither the men or women diving teams have meets this week, so they will look to prepare for their home meet against Ball State on Saturday, Nov. 17. The meet is at the GVSU Fieldhouse Pool, and will begin at 1 p.m.

VARSITY SCHEDULE FOOTBALL Saturday, 1 p.m., Home vs Wayne State WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Friday, 6 p.m., Home vs Maryville Saturday, 4 p.m., Home vs Missouri-St. Louis SOCCER Midwest Regionals, Game time, location, and opponent TBA WOMEN’S TENNIS Saturday 2 p.m. vs Saginaw Valley State Sunday 1 p.m. vs Northwood MEN’S BASKETBALL Saturday, 1 p.m., vs AldersonBroaddus (Tournament in W. Va) Sunday, 1 p.m., vs Davis & Elkins

FLEXING ON THE HATERS: GVSU linebacker Tyler Bradfield celebrates on the sideline and attempts to pump up the crowd at Lubbers Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 3. The Lakers were able to grind out a tough victory and beat the Ashland Eagles 20-17 in that game, improving to 6-1 in the GLIAC with the win. GVL | SHEILA BABBITT

Grinding it out: GVSU holds off Ashland in defensive showdown BY BRADY MCATAMNEY EDITORIAL@LANTHORN.COM


yards less than their opponents on offense? 15 minutes and six seconds less possession time? 30 less plays run? Not a problem for the No. 9 ranked Grand Valley State Lakers, who managed to overcome significant statistical differences against the Ashland Eagles to win 20-17 at home on Saturday, Nov. 3 to secure the program’s 400th all-time win. The victory brings GVSU to 9-1 (6-1 GLIAC) while AU falls to 5-4 (5-2). “We don’t obsess about time of possession. We don’t obsess about yards. We don’t obsess about plays run,” said head coach Matt Mitchell. “We obsess about two things: turnovers and explosive play differential.” Their obsessions were rewarded, as the Lakers won in both categories. GVSU ripped off two game-

changing plays in the first half, starting with an interception by Jacob Studdard while the Eagles were in the red zone, which he would return 78 yards into the opposite red zone, setting up an 11-yard Jack Provencher touchdown. “With preparation, I’ve been playing corner all week, the last two weeks. I’ve been playing safety the whole season but (I was) playing corner today,” Studdard said. “We were in man, the guy motioned, so we went into a combo situation so I backed off. The guy in motion ran, like, a stick route and came in. I broke on it and as I was breaking on it he tipped it and I caught it and went for the run, tried to cut back on the quarterback and he caught my shoestrings.” On the next Laker drive, which followed a 19 play, 10 minute possession by Ashland resulting in a field goal, running back Chawntez Moss took the first play 73 yards for a touchdown. “To get the first long run like

that of the season, it’s definitely something we’ve been waiting on, something we’ve been waiting to see,” Moss said. “It definitely was a spark for our team and gave us a lot of momentum.” All of that would have been for naught, though, had kicker JJ McGrath not connected on a 23-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining to win the game. McGrath made two field goals and two extra points, making him the Lakers’ “leading scorer” on the night – though he didn’t want to take all of the credit. “Those are easy kicks thanks to our offense putting us in a position, not only where are, I think on, like, the six yard line, it’s essentially (an extra point), but we were on the middle of the field, so those are easy kicks thanks to our offense and the coaching staff,” McGrath said. Due to the limited snaps – GVSU ran 44 plays compared to AU’s 77 – the offense was never able to find much of a groove as their longest scoring drive lasted

less than five minutes. As a result, quarterback Bart Williams threw only 17 passes, completing nine for 132 yards. His two longest completions of the days, though, were 29 and 33 yard hookups with wide receiver Brandon Wadley to set up McGrath’s converted field goals. Wadley led the receiving unit in both catches (three) and yards (77). Moss (nine carries for 95 yards) and Provencher (15 for 85) mainly handled the offensive load as they each scored one of the team’s two touchdowns and accounted for about 60 percent of GVSU’s total offense. The Lakers were all over the field defensively with 21 different players making a tackle while eight recorded at least five, led by linebacker Tyler Bradfield with 10 tackles. With the win, GVSU will head into the final game of the regular season as near-locks for a Division II playoff berth. The Lakers will host the Wayne State Warriors (2-8, 1-6) on Saturday, Nov. 10 with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.


Champs: GVSU soccer beats trio of conference foes en route to GLIAC title BY KADY VOLMERING SPORTS @LANTHORN.COM

The Grand Valley State women’s soccer team dominated the GLIAC tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 30, Friday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 4 to win the GLIAC championship, defeating Purdue-Northwest 6-1 in the quarterfinal, Ashland 3-0 in the semis and Ferris State 4-0 in the title game. Though the Lakers were ahead for the majority of the match against UPN on Tuesday, they seemed to be off-beat compared to their usual intense style of play. Head coach Jeff Hosler said that the team’s performance showed a lack of respect for the game and for their opponent, and was looking for a complete turnaround for Friday’s game. “Post season play is going to be whatever you make it, and today was a really good example of that,” Hosler said. “Purdue made something happen, they created one chance and they scored because they believed. We had opportunities much earlier in the game, frequently, to take any of that belief out of them, and we didn’t.” Friday’s game was the third time the Lakers faced Ashland. Their first match-up ended in a draw and the second ended up with a 3-0 win for GVSU. The Lakers created a sense of Deja Vu on Friday, as they beat the No. 5 ranked Eagles again by the same score. Ava Cook notched her 15th and 16th goals of the season in the contest, scoring in the 18th and 52nd minutes. Madeline Becker also found the back of the net in the 26th minute. “The whole point of our possession is to try and wear teams out, then they have to go to the bench and then go to the bench again,” Hosler said. “When those things happen, we tend to get a lot more favorable match up.

ATTACK FROM EVERYWHERE: Defender Hailey Wentzloff looks to find Caitie Baron and attempt to score against the Purdue Northwest Pride on Tuesday, Oct. 30 in the GLIAC quarterfinals. They Lakers defeated PUN 6-1. GVL | EMILY MODLOFF

Today I thought we did a really good job finishing our early chances, and that really set the tone for the match.” After beating the Eagles on Friday, the Lakers have their eyes on the GLIAC prize, and look to control the pace in the final against FSU. “Our main goal for Sunday is to just play our style,” Hosler said. “Dictating our style is really important. Playing the way we’re capable of, make the adjustments we need to against our opponent but still keep it in our framework.” The GVSU soccer team played that style well on Sunday, beating the Bulldogs 4-0. It was perhaps the most efficient game of the season for the Laker offense, as they scored four times on a mere 18 shots on goal. Despite the stout Bulldog defense,

the Lakers were able to score their first three goals in a span of three minutes, as Raemi DeWent, Riko Sagara and Cook each scored in the 27th, 28th and 29th minutes of the match, respectively. Caitie Baron also found the back of the net in the 84th minute to put the nail in the coffin and secure a GLIAC tournament win. Hosler couldn’t be more impressed with how his team played in the championship match, as they essentially had the Bulldogs warm up the bus before the second half even started. “To play the way we did in the first half, capitalize the way we did on our first three chances, to really put the game away in the first 45 minutes,” Hosler said. “It was really impressive, as good a team as Ferris State is.” With the GLIAC Tournament all

wrapped, the Lakers shift their focus to the NCAA tournament where they will compete as a one seed. Hosler wants to see his team played with the same focus they played with in the GLIAC tournament final. “There’s still times the game gets stretched, and just understanding when the game gets stretched is important,” Hosler said. “We’re in total control of getting back into control, we got to receive balls and collect balls better, and just having some more composure in some tough moments. But I thought we did that well today,” While the opponent for the Lakers is yet to be determined, they are locked into the top seed in the NCAA tournament, they will host the eight seed in the bracket later this week.



TRIPLE THREAT: Grand Valley State guard Jake Van Tubbergen gathers the ball and prepares to make a move past an Ashland defender in a game on Feb. 18, 2018. Van Tubbergen was selected to the preseason All-GLIAC team, and as last season’s GLIAC Freshman of the Year, Van Tubbergen is looking to avoid a sophomore slump and lead the Lakers to success in the 2018-19 season. GVL | SHEILA BABBITT

Jake Van Tubbergen and GVSU basketball prepare for a successful 2018-19 season BY KELLEN VOSS SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

As students around campus bust out their winter coats, the best time of year comes upon us. The start of the Grand Valley State basketball season is finally here, and the 2018-19 team is prepared to rule the GLIAC. The path to success for GVSU will be lead by sophomore Jake Van Tubbergen, who was recently named to the preseason All-GLIAC South Division team. This isn’t the first prestigious GLIAC honor that Van Tubbergen has earned, being that he is the reigning GLIAC Freshmen of the Year and a former second team All-GLIAC nominee. “It’s a good reward for the work we put in, and the coach-

es do a good job of getting me in here, working me out and coming up with a good plan,” Van Tubbergen said. “I had a little success right here, but we want to play hungry and continue to build on that.” Van Tubbergen, along with the leadership of seniors Justin Greason and Zach West, looks to improve upon last season, as the team finished 14-15 overall and lost in the first round of the GLIAC tournament to Lake Superior State, 65-73. Many talented transfers, such as Isaiah Brock, Jeremiah Ferguson and Demetrius Lake can help the team improve upon that record, and Van Tubbergen is prepared to help reach that, despite expectations for the West Ottawa High School alum being higher than ever before. “I try not to look at expectations like that,” Van Tub-

bergen said. “I have my goals that I want to achieve, but ultimately it’s a team sport, and we just want to get the highest achievements possible.” These transfers, along with another year of experience for players like Van Tubbergen, can help this team reach its full potential and make some noise in the GLIAC come February 2019. “We added some nice pieces in the off-season, with a couple of transfers and a couple hard-working freshmen,” Van Tubbergen said. “Along with a lot of experienced starters, we could have a special year.” Head coach Ric Wesley credits Van Tubbergen’s recent success in Allendale to the work he has put in, and is excited to see him play with his newfound confidence. “I don’t think people recog-

nized the talent he had, since he worked so hard in the offseason,” Wesley said. “I think he’s a bigger, stronger version of what he was last year, and with a year under his belt he’s got a little more confidence. Expectations are certainly high for him, but he has the ability to live up to that.” Just like any other offseason for the Lakers, Wesley had the team focus on getting stronger, putting in countless hours of work in the weight room that will hopefully pay off on the hardwood. “We try to be a bigger, stronger version of ourselves, and I think our guys have worked hard with the help of our strength coach Mark (Stessner),” Wesley said. “Through that training, you certainly hope you build some greater chemistry and camaraderie as you’re putting in the work.”

We added some nice pieces in the off-season, with a couple of transfers and a couple hardworking freshmen. Along with a lot of experienced starters, we could have a special year.” JAKE VAN TUBBERGEN GVSU GUARD

No team in the GLIAC this season is a safe bet to win the conference, as every team seems to be mostly even heading into the season. That league parity gives the Lakers a chance to contend and make a postseason run. “The parity in our conference is unbelievable, the difference between being second and eighth is about one or two games,” Wesley said. “We certainly hope we’ll be better, we lost some good players, but added some veteran guys, and as they start to understand our offense and fit in, I think we got a chance to contend.” That path to contention starts on Saturday, Nov. 10 as the Lakers start off their season in West Virginia to play the Alderson Broaddus Battlers. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.

SHARPSHOOTER: Teammates Chris Pearl and Chris Dorsey cheer on Ben Lubitz as he attempts a threepointer during the Lakers’ game against the Ashland Eagles on Feb. 15, 2018 GVL | SHEILA BABBITT




Trine halts GVSU dominance, hands DII hockey first loss in weekend split BY ELI ONG SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

In a season where the play on the ice has looked fairly easy thus far, the Grand Valley State DII men’s club hockey team faced their toughest test of the year against the Trine Thunder on Friday, Nov. 2. In the words of head coach Carl Trosien, GVSU did not come out sharp and ready to play against Trine. “I think we came out a little flat, a little unprepared,” Trosien said. “They kind of controlled the first period and we got out of there 0-0 and then in the second period we made some special teams mistakes that allowed them to gain some breathing room.” From the puck drop, the Thunder came out aggressively, using the speed of their front line to establish puck control and pelt GVSU goalie Jared Maddock with shots for extended periods of time. GVSU did not help themselves either. The Lakers started out sloppy, earning two penalties for high sticking and slashing in the first 10 minutes of the first period, which gave Trine ample power play opportunities to attack the net with early on in the game. Maddock was able to pre-

vent the puck from getting past him in the first period, but GVSU would continue to make poor passes and commit penalties well into the second period. Trine scored three goals in the span of four minutes and 43 seconds in the middle of the second period to give themselves a cushion against the previously undefeated Lakers. The first goal snuck past Maddock with 9:33 remaining in the second period, a ricochet put-back right in front of the net to give Trine a 1-0 lead. Less than 30 seconds later, the Lakers committed another two minute penalty at 9:09 which lead to a Trine power play goal with 7:16 remaining in the second period. Just when things began to look up for the Lakers, mental errors continued to shoot them in the foot. After Trine committed a penalty for hooking, GVSU had its second opportunity at a power play while Trine was short handed, only to make a poor backwards pass that lead to a two-onone break away score for the Thunder, making it 3-0. Freshman forward Trevor Zenas managed to chip in a goal just past the midway point in the third period at 8:16, but Trine added an empty net-

ter with a minute to go to take down the Lakers, 4-1. “It was a sloppy, unenthusiastic first 40 that set us back tonight,” Trosien said. However, GVSU’s head coach remained optimistic they could split the series the next day at Trine. “It’s simple man, we gotta play our hockey,” Trosien said, “If we play the way we are capable of playing, we’ll be fine. We’ll need to flip the switch and get a quick start tomorrow with a little jump in our step but we’ll go from there.” In game two at Trine, GVSU once again failed to get off to a quick start, allowing Trine to consistently attack the net and out-shoot the Lakers in the first period 15-3 en route to an early 2-0 lead. GVSU answered two first period goals from Trine with one of their own from sophomore forward Danny DeBlouw to split the deficit in half with 14:46 remaining in the second period, but Trine wasn’t done yet. With 14 minutes to go in the second period, the Thunder replied with their third goal of the game moving the score to 3-1. Approaching the six-minute mark, they netted another mark to cushion their lead even further, 4-1. In a similar situation they

found themselves in only a day prior, the Lakers decided Saturday, Nov. 3 was a different day, and would not allow the same mistakes that plagued them in the first game to haunt them again. The comeback began halfway through the third on DeBlouw’s second goal of the game, assisted by Zenas at the 10:15 mark, moving the score to 4-2. The Lakers continued to ride their wave of momentum as senior forward Tommy

Carey and junior forward Ryan Hein began to impose their will on the Trine back line in the closing minutes of the game. With 2:47 remaining in the third period, Hein hit Carey with a quick cross-ice pass that allowed Carey to cut the deficit to 4-3. 39 seconds later, they linked up again on a power play, producing the same result that tied the game up at four as regulation came to a close. Having caught fire toward the end of regulation, GVSU once again went back to Carey

and Hein for a third time, this time leading to the game-winning goal only a few minutes into overtime. “We came out hard in the third and really took it to them from the puck drop,” Hein said after Saturday’s game. “We really started moving the puck and our feet and we dominated.” The split in the series moves GVSU to 7-1-0 on the year as they head into their next match-up, a double header against Lindenwood at home on Nov. 9 and 10.

ICE PRINCES: The Grand Valley State men’s DII hockey team looks to pester numerous Trine defenders and score yet another goal at the Georgetown Ice Center on Friday, Nov. 2. GVL | ANDREW NYHOF


GVSU volleyball splits weekend road trip to close out regular season BY D’ANGELO STARKS DSTARKS@LANTHORN.COM

The Grand Valley State volleyball team took to the road this past weekend to play their final two regular season games before going into the GLIAC

tournament, traveling to Wisconsin to take on WisconsinParkside and to Indiana to take on Purdue Northwest. The Lakers would split the matches, making them 1-1 on the weekend and bringing them to 13-14 on the season.

The first match of the weekend against Parkside was a back and forth affair that went five sets and saw the Lakers drop the last, with the final tally at 3-2. The final set of the game was very close and ended with GVSU losing 20-18.

SET UP FOR SUCCESS: Freshman Abby Graham sets a ball up for her teammates. GVL | SHEILA BABBITT

This game was very close in all categories, as GVSU had a hitting percentage of .122, 12 kills and seven errors as a team. Parkside hit .296 with 10 kills and only four errors. The team statistics for the match also favored Parkside. They scored 85 total points to GVSU’s 74, as UWP finished with 69 kills to 63 for GVSU. UWP also had 11 blocks to three for the Lakers, 63 assists to the Lakers’ 61 and 87 digs to 73 for GVSU. The only stat where the Lakers held a lead was in aces, of which the Lakers had 8 and UWP finished with 5. “We get to take away the positives and those were that we competed hard and put ourselves in a position to win,” said head coach Deanne Scanlon. “But it just didn’t happen.” Staci Brower, Hannah Murdock and Jillian Butsavich led the team in blocks with 16, 15 and 11 respective-


ly. Kendall Yerkes, Alexandra Thompson and Ashlyn Kartes led the way in aces with three, two and one apiece. Butsavich, Abby Graham and Kartes led the Lakers in blocks with two, two and one. The second match of the weekend would fare much better for GVSU, as it saw them beat Purdue Northwest in four games (25-19, 22-25, 25-17 and 25-17). The Lakers led in virtually every major statically category, finishing the match hitting .213, 59 kills and 26 errors while PUNW hit .135, 41 kills and 23 errors. “We couldn’t let last night’s loss affect us today, and I felt like for the most part we didn’t,” Scanlon said. “They were fired up and ready to play so they didn’t just lay down and let us come in and win. We had to work for it.” The Lakers scored 73 points to Purdue Northwest’s 46, GVSU had seven aces to

PUNW’s two, GVSU was able to secure seven blocks while PUNW only blocked three shots. The Lakers had 53 assists and Purdue Northwest had 39 and tGVSU had 63 digs while PUNW had 60. Brower once again led the team in kills with 18, Butsavich had 12 and Murdock finished with eight. Kaylene Norris led the way with three aces, Kartes had one and Brower was able to score one ace. Kartes and Brower each had three blocks while Butsavich was right behind them with two. Kartes had 46 assists, Norris had three and Yerkes dished out two. Norris led the team in digs with 16, Yerkes had 12 and Thompson finished with nine. After the weekend, GVSU holds a record of 13-14 overall, as well as 6-10 in the GLIAC. The Lakers regular season is finished and the team now looks to make a run in the GLIAC tournament.

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Issue 12, November 5, 2018 - Grand Valley Lanthorn  

Issue 12, November 5, 2018 - Grand Valley Lanthorn

Issue 12, November 5, 2018 - Grand Valley Lanthorn  

Issue 12, November 5, 2018 - Grand Valley Lanthorn