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                                                            [title] => University axes entrepeneurship minor
                                                            [description] => The Seidman College of Business eliminated GVSU's entrepreneurship minor just before registration.

                                                            [copy] => After consistently failing to fill classrooms, the Seidman College of Business elected in a controversial decision to drop entrepreneurship as a minor days before students registered for classes.


On March 22, at 4:52 p.m., the announcement that the entrepreneurship minor would be axed at the end of the semester was delivered to the entrepreneurship students' e-mails, giving them only half a day to figure out their options. Registration for 2010-11 classes was the next day.


Seidman College of Business Dean H. James Williams had met with members of the Grand Valley Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization (CEO) on Feb. 23 to discuss changes to the program and receive student feedback. Jaclyn Boroff, vice president of events for CEO, attended the meeting.


"There were talks about potentially changing the classes within the minor, but no one knew about completely getting rid of it," Boroff said. "A lot of students were hurt when it happened because they were not told with a lot of time. It just ended."


Citing a general lack of support for the program since its inception five and a half years ago, Williams defended his decision to eliminate the final four courses that would complete the minor.


"We decided not to offer the final four courses that comprise the minor because students were simply not enrolling in those courses," he said.  "Over the five-and-one-half years, these courses enrolled, on average, six students, when the minimum required number is generally 15.  The Seidman College of Business cannot continue to offer courses enrolling these limited numbers."


The timing of the drop still proved to be an inconvenience to many students enrolled in the program. While students with existing entrepreneurship minors can still complete the program by taking the substitute business courses offered, some students were not thrilled with this proposition.


"It's a whole different atmosphere," explained senior Michelle Mitus. "A lot of people want to take classes for their minor. Business classes are not what entrepreneurship students want to fill the void."


The Seidman College of Business will continue to offer the basic entrepreneurship classes, ENT 150 and 151, as well as courses in small business management and the writing of business plans. 


Williams and his colleagues will also offer a survey toward the end of this semester in order to ascertain feedback on interest in a new series of entrepreneurship programs.


"The data suggests strongly that the existing version of the minor does not work," Williams said. "We are simply going back to the proverbial 'drawing board'. We plan to continue to meet the needs of the Grand Valley student population."


While GVSU has now closed its entrepreneurship minor, Central Michigan University has just created its own. However, Williams remains confident in GVSU's approach.


"I remain convinced that Grand Valley is absolutely the most student-centered, quality-focused institution of higher education in the state of Michigan," he said.


In the meantime, CEO encouraged students affected by the drop to be patient and wait for the reforms in the fall. They also advocated participation in the survey. 


"We're making sure that students know we're willing to help them even though some classes are no longer available," Boroff said. "We'll find people who can teach them what they want to know."


dwolff@lanthorn.com




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                                                            [title] => University considers adding two new majors
                                                            [description] => Grand Valley State University is set to add two new education majors for the fall of 2010, pending the approval of the Board of Trustees.

                                                            [copy] => Grand Valley State University is set to add two new education majors for the fall of 2010, pending the approval of the Board of Trustees.

A new comprehensive science and arts for teaching major, as well as a special education certification major are in the works for next fall semester.  In the winter of 2008, Michigan legislature proposed statewide changes for special education teaching, which need to be effective by 2012. These new majors would represent GVSU's transition plan for implementing these policies.

Both majors are up for approval in July. The majority of courses for each already exist, with the exception of a proposed SAT 495 Science and Arts for Elementary Classrooms capstone class.

The faculty is confident the majors will draw enough interest from existing and new students. GVSU's new special education major will be the only dual-endorsement program within the state. This will enable students to have the credentials to teach both regular education and special education when they graduate, making them invaluable for the education market.

Special education professor Barbara Lubic has spent 25 years within the field of special education and understands the value of GVSU's new program.

"It's a nice, comprehensive new major," Lubic said. "It will offer students a little bit of everything; they'll be able to teach math, English, science and history, and that will give them a strong foundation."

From the administration side, both majors have the potential to be successful and attract both new and existing students. President Thomas Haas exuberated confidence when discussing the importance of interest in continuing special education, particularly among the new students who will join the ranks next fall.

"It's an important major for education students," Haas said. "I think incoming freshmen who think of special education as their 'calling' will really see this as a great opportunity."

The faculty within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has worked hard to push the new majors into prominent positions since meeting a few months ago to discuss the reforms needed. Professor David Coffey helped move the comprehensive science and arts major through GVSU's governance process and cited CLAS associate dean Jann Joseph's efforts to create the capstone for the course.

"We are hopeful about (CSAT's) chances and are in the process of gearing up for this coming fall 2010," Coffey said.

Haas cited the faculty's drive to this current point and efforts to make the new majors work.

"I'm very pleased with what the faculty has created," he said. "The Academic Affairs Committee is excited about it as well, since it shows our adaptability and flexibility in adjusting to meet the changes for education in Michigan."

Both of the new majors are expected to offer students interested in education a comprehensive, contemporary approach to teaching and provide the tools for an excellent r?©sum?© upon graduation. Administrators believe the dual-enrollment policy especially should attract students with a passion for special education to broaden their horizons.

While the prospects for the new majors remain hopeful, the ultimate decision on their fates will be decided in July. If they are passed, classes will be available on GVSU's MyBanner in August.

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => Student Project Day showcases robots, iApps
                                                            [description] => Grand Valley State University's Padnos College Engineering and Computing will host the third annual winter semester edition of Student Project Day on Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon.

                                                            [copy] => Grand Valley State University's Padnos College Engineering and Computing will host the third annual winter semester edition of Student Project Day on Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon.

Projects will be spread out among the five floors within the Kennedy Hall of Engineering and Keller Laboratories on the Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids. The event is open to the public, while local middle and high school student classes will also attend to learn about future technological advancements. 

The competition will feature around 20 projects from 50 students, with some individual presenters and some teams. A two-fold judiciary process occurs, as the faculty chooses a top project based on technicality and the public chooses another winner based on popular demand, appropriately dubbed the "People's Choice Award."

The event has been a success with the public in the past. Seymour and Esther Padnos College Outreach Coordinator Sara Maas cited the learning experience for younger students as a crucial reason for the events successes.

"It has been very well received in the past, and it is nice for parents and younger students to be able to talk with the Grand Valley students," she said. "It is a great atmosphere for younger students if they want to go into the computing or engineering fields."

Paul Plotkowski, dean of the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, agreed with Maas that Student Project Day is beneficial for both Grand Valley State University students participating in the event and the general public.

"Student Project Day is a great opportunity for students to display the fine work they do and the great hands-on experience of our programs," he said. "It also gives our students more experience making public presentations, and really honing their presentation skills."

Previous projects have yielded robots that could play air hockey, mobile applications for iPhone, medical devices for sectioning organs, animal research tools and specially-designed wheelchairs. Last year's faculty awarded winners designed a robot for Robowaiter, a program which builds robots to help the disabled.

This year's team behind the Robowaiter robot consists of GVSU sophomore Jake Hall, Kyler Kamysek, Josh Friend, Kathy Drouillard and Travis Thran. The team is coming fresh off of a first place win at the 2010 National Fire Fighting Home Robot Contest at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

The contest challenged students to create robots that could help people with disabilities by implementing new devices, such as enhanced vision systems and height adjustment mechanisms. Hall said this year's model robot featured these improvements, as well as new improvements for lifting and grabbing. He cited GVSU's engineering program as a crucial reason for his group's successes.

"We feel like we've gained a whole round of experience, using the multiple array of skills and resources we've gained at Grand Valley to be successful," Hall said. "Student Project Day provides a hands-on experience for Grand Valley students. It's helping us get our names out there, far beyond students at the University of Michigan or Michigan State University."

All of the projects featured on Thursday will be an important and exciting look into the future of technology. The different angles of the public and the faculty in grading the projects will give invaluable feedback to the students, Maas said.

"It is great for the Grand Valley students to work on presenting their projects on different levels by applying the cool factor for younger students while explaining the technical advantages to faculty and parents," Maas said.

Admission to explore the ideas and devices of tomorrow is free.

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => El Capitan operetta headlines September round of 50th Anniversary Events
                                                            [description] => Grand Valley State University will kick off its 50th Anniversary celebration on Monday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. with John Phillip Sousa's El Capitan.

                                                            [copy] => Grand Valley State University will kick off its 50th Anniversary celebration on Monday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. with John Phillip Sousa's El Capitan.

The unique concert, which will be held in the Performing Arts Center, will be the first installment in an exciting Fall Arts Celebration 2010 that will highlight events on campus and in downtown Grand Rapids for the celebration the university's 50th anniversary year.

Professor Barry Martin will do the honors of conducting what is considered a gem of compositional verve and excellence. The operetta will also include a music faculty/student orchestra. Visiting professor Ben Cole will narrate the operetta of the "March King".

El Capitan itself is a humorous and silly story of mistaken identity. The lead character, Don Enrico Medigua, is the viceroy of Spanish-occupied Peru who secretly has a rebel leader killed only to assume his enemy's identity to win over the rebel soldiers.

El Capitan is just the first of the many events that will occur around campus or in downtown Grand Rapids this year for GVSU students, faculty and alumni to celebrate. Teri Losey, the Chair for the 50th Anniversary Comitee, stressed the value of attending the events.

"I think that it would be a great opportunity for students to get to know some of Grand Valley's rich and unique history," she said. "Going to the events and checking out the website for more information is a great way for students to get involved."

Following El Capitan through the Fall Arts Celebration, the School of Communications will present an Art Gallery Exhibition in the Art Gallery of the Performing Arts Center on the Allendale Campus. The gallery's opening reception on Sept. 15 will showcase 75 new works of art by 28 current faculty members in the Department of Art and Design and the School of Communication. A wide range of artwork will be included, such as animation, installation, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, video and works on paper.

GVSU President Thomas Haas was adamant in an interview for WGVU television on Aug. 27 that the 50th anniversary events were celebratory for both the students and faculty.

"It's all about the students," Haas said. "But we're also celebrating this 50th anniversary because of the public-private partnerships that continue to nurture this university."

Next in line with the anniversary celebrations is the 2010 Battle of the Valley's, which will include a Pedometer Challenge this year. Not only will GVSU students, faculty and staff be battling their Saginaw Valley State University counterparts, but also GVSU's own internal departments will compete against each other as well.

Registration for the competition begins on Sept. 1 with a captain and three additional teammates needed to fill a team roster. The captain can then chose whether his or her team wants to be in Level 1 or Level 2, the latter of which being more strenuous and time consuming physical activity. Beginning on Sept. 1 after registration, captains can visit the web tracker at healthandwellness@gvsu.edu and pick up free pedometers, one for each member of the team, at Lake Michigan Hall in Room 140 at no charge.

The first 125 teams to register will receive a free Battle of the Valley's 50 years in 50 days 50th anniversary t-shirt. The top 25 teams overall will receive a drawstring gym bag. The competition itself will begin on Sept. 22 and runs through Nov. 10.

Rounding out the September celebratory events will be a special campus lecture by distinguished academic lecturer Dr. Jill Ker Conway. She will present "The Next 50 Years in the World" where she will share the insight, experience and wisdom she gained from current and past leadership roles at Nike, Colgate-Palmolive, Merrill Lynch & Co. and the Lend Lease Corporation. She is also a best selling author of several books, including The Road from Coorain and A Woman's Education.

The lecture and a Q&A section will begin at 7 pm on the second floor of the Eberard Center on GVSU's Pew Campus in Grand Rapids. A book signing and reception will begin at 8 p.m.

President Haas' full interview with WGVU telivision can be viewed at www.wgvu.org.

Admission for El Capitan operetta is free after requesting a ticket online or calling the Grand Valley box office at (616) 331-2300.

dwolff@mail.lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => Coach's close-up: Jerry Baltes
                                                            [description] => Jerry Baltes has an outstanding track record - pun intended.

                                                            [copy] => Jerry Baltes has an outstanding track record - pun intended.

Baltes is entering his 12th season as Grand Valley State University's head cross-country and track and field coach for both the men's and women's teams. In his tenure at GVSU, he has won 11 straight indoor and outdoor Women's Track and Field GLIAC Championships and has coached more than 270 All-Americans. The men have finished runners up to Ashland University for the last three seasons.

This year, as with every year, Baltes' goals and ambitions are sky high.

"GLIAC Conference Championships are outstanding, but winning a National Championship is high on our priority list," he said. "We've been close five times, recently finishing second in women's and fourth in men's indoor."

The confidence Baltes exuberates is reflected by both the administration and his athletes. GVSU Athletic Director Tim Selgo praised Baltes for turning around the cross-country and track teams.

"Prior to Jerry Baltes' arrival ... Grand Valley had not won a single GLIAC title in either men or women's cross-country or track and field," he said.  "Now we win most of them consistently! He has built our program into a national power, including having the best overall women's track and field/cross-country program in the country for the last two years."

Baltes accredits the majority of his success at GVSU to his supporting cast.

"I think we have a great support staff, from our administration to our faculty to our assistant coaches," he said. "I've been blessed with caring and hardworking people around me."

Baltes was also named the 2009 Division II Women's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year, an honor he again thinks he shares with his team.

"It's a great honor, but it's not my honor," he said. "Everyone who has surrounded me- the coaching staff, administrators, the student athletes and the support staff- they're the ones who've made this possible."

The current track team is comprised of between 170-180 men and women, with 80-90 of them also running on the cross-country team.    

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                                                            [title] => Academic spending remains top priority
                                                            [description] => A recent study of college costs in the July 9 issue of The New York Times revealed that a declining portion of the annual budgets of most American colleges are being spent on instruction. The report suggests an increasing amount of the average budget is being spent on administration and recreational facilities for students.

                                                            [copy] => A recent study of college costs in the July 9 issue of The New York Times revealed that a declining portion of the annual budgets of most American colleges are being spent on instruction. The report suggests an increasing amount of the average budget is being spent on administration and recreational facilities for students.

The Times reported that average tuition rose 45 percent at public universities and 36 percent at community colleges between 1998 and 2008. While tuition rose this year across the nation as well, spending on non-academic areas such as athletics has remained consistently low at GVSU. The university is set to spend close to $184 million this year on academic affairs and student services, which encompasses almost 68 percent of the allotted $272 million for the 2010-11 school year. 

However, Athletics and Fieldhouse Operations will receive close to $5.6 million this year, or 2.1 percent of the overall budget.

The overall budget for 2009-10 allotted for roughly the same low percentage; $5.4 million, or about 2.1 percent of the $255 million in total revenues was given to athletics. Tim Thimmesch, GVSU's assistant vice president of Facilities Services, explained that the allocation of funding in the facilities planning budget for athletics for the 2010-11 year helped build the new intramural turf field.

"An annual budget process in October or November decides how much we spend on facilities," he said. "Each building is different when it comes to athletics, compared to an academic (building) or a new eating center."

Jim Bachmeier, GVSU vice president of Finance and Administration, said a plant fund would largely cover the money needed to finance additions or renovations to athletic facilities.

"There are a number of non-academic buildings that are crucial to the university," he said.

Academics was given more than two-thirds of the budget that year as well, as the university dished out a little more than $175 million toward academics and student services.

The moderate increase in spending on athletics from $5.4 million to $5.6 million comes largely because of the addition of women's lacrosse as a varsity sport this year. It was previously a club sport. Tim Selgo, GVSU athletic director, said most of the money that went into the recent addition came from last year's initial increase.

While the budget has remained low for athletics during the past decade, there is a small chance that an increase could be seen within this one, largely due to renovations or expansions toward Lubbers Stadium.

"We are currently trying to develop an estimate of what an expansion and renovation of the stadium would cost," Selgo said.

The revenue the varsity sports bring into GVSU each year account for a major amount of their budget for the next one. Selgo identified GVSU's partner tier system, which includes big name brands such as Pepsi, Adidas and AT&T, as well as many local businesses as a crucial factor in generating revenue to use for the 2010-11 operating athletic budget.

"During the last fiscal year, we generated $390,000 via our partners," he said. "In combination with our ticket sales, concessions revenue and fund raising dollars, the athletic department generated $1,146,442, which is better than most D-II schools and even some D-I schools."

Despite the addition of the new south campus apartment living centers and the new dining center, The Connection, the budget was not adjusted to take away tuition dollars to pay for them. Revenue collected from meal plans and housing payments were used to fund the additions.

Bachmeier cited a major shift in on-campus housing trends during the last 15 years as key to understanding the long trends with non-academic spending.

"This campus primarily served for commuters in 1995, but we've seen significant changes over the last 15 years," he said. "Spending has slowed, enrollment is not going as quickly and inflation is up- all of which leads to slower spending growth."

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => GVSU grad student leads Ride 4 Life
                                                            [description] => After biking more than 1,000 miles from Holland, Mich., to Dallas, Texas, 10 local cyclists raised almost $60,000 for local Lakeshore Pregnancy Centers.

                                                            [copy] => After biking more than 1,000 miles from Holland, Mich., to Dallas, Texas, 10 local cyclists raised almost $60,000 for local Lakeshore Pregnancy Centers.

Leading the "Ride 4 Life" cyclists, who left Holland on Aug. 28 and rode into Dallas on Wednesday, were Grand Valley State University communications graduate student Jason Craner and LPC Director Mark Congrove. 

Craner, who is now the news director for 1260 The Pledge radio station, had been urging his listeners to donate to the cause on his programs and called in to the station three to four times a day during the ride to promote and raise awareness for the centers.

With offices in Holland, Allendale, Allegan and Grand Haven, the LPC provides care and information for anyone confronting a crisis or an unplanned pregnancy. The other cyclists who participated in the Ride 4 Life all had connections to the LPC, either as a patient, volunteer or employee. 

Debby Congrove, Karen Cutshall, Carolyn Doyle, Betty Geurink, Sherry Hoppen, Cliff Lynema, Barb Meekof and Don Wickstra joined Craner and Congrove on the second-annual Ride 4 Life through the LPC.

Despite training for several weeks before the ride, Craner and his fellow cyclists were physically drained after the 11-day ride. They used a very small portion of the fundraising money to stay in low-rate Super 8 Motels along the way while eating and drinking minimally and getting six hours of sleep per night. For Craner, however, completing the ride was more than enough to make up for minor discomforts on the way.

"Two things really drove me to do this ride: the sense of adventure and being part of something much bigger than me," he said. "Just knowing that between the 10 of us we raised nearly $60,000 -- to make that difference -- it's outrageous."

The money that Craner and his fellow cyclists raised will help pay for ultrasounds and pregnancy crises materials. Congrove reflected Craner's sense of purpose and meaning with the Ride 4 Life when discussing the benefits of the LPC before the riders departed from Holland.

"Each and every day, women all across Michigan fall victim to the pressure of abortion when it is presented as the only viable solution to the crisis surrounding an unplanned pregnancy," he said. "In this decision, not only is a life lost, but a woman's life is changed forever. Lakeshore Pregnancy Center seeks to offer hope and assistance, supporting one woman at a time with information about her pregnancy options."

Craner and his fellow riders were encouraged by the completion of their ride and had a bold message for others who might contemplate participating in the Ride 4 Life trip next year to Orlando, Fla.

"My message to anyone interested in this would be to get up and just do something," he said. "Look what we just accomplished-knowing that we've made a difference is just amazing."

For more information on the 2011 Ride 4 Life, or to see the photos from this year's trip, go to the LPC Web site at http://www.lpcenters.com/theride.

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => Geology professor's 
                                                            [description] => Geology Chair and Associate Professor Virginia "Ginny" Peterson looks back on the rewarding 50 years GVSU has given her and her family.
                                                            [copy] => Since Grand Valley State University opened in 1960, Geology Chair and Associate Professor Virginia "Ginny" Peterson's family has entwined its roots deep within the university's community.

While Peterson grew up in Jenison, Mich., her father, Bill, began teaching at GVSU in 1965 as an economics professor. Her mother, Elsie, finished up a degree as an English major in the 70s, and shortly after "Ginny" and her brother, Chuck, joined GVSU's ranks as undergraduate students.

After pursuing possible majors in engineering and English, Peterson transferred to GVSU in her junior year and explored a degree in environmental science before deciding on geology as her major.

"I took a geology class and fell in love with it," Peterson said. "I spent a lot of time walking around in the ravines."

After graduating in 1980 with a B.A. in geology, Peterson worked for AMOCO Production Company in New Orleans and London before earning her masters at the University of Massachusetts in 1984. She met her husband, Jon Burr, there and went on to earn her PhD in geology there in 1992.

Peterson next taught at Western Carolina University for nine years, before a former professor mentioned that there was a faculty position open at GVSU that fit her experience.

"We were pretty happy where we were living," Peterson said. "But I had a great experience at GVSU as a student. I had family here, and it was a bigger place, so there was quite a bit of appeal."

Peterson made her return to the Grand Rapids area when she was hired by GVSU in 2003, eventually becoming chair of the geology department. Her initial love of the campus and surrounding area played a crucial role in deciding to return.

"When I was a student here, it was a small place and you knew everybody, especially within the geology department at the time," she said. "I got excited about the field, because it was a very welcoming place. It's kind of like a family--in geology you do field trips, and you connect with people, so the department itself was probably key to my experience at Grand Valley."

Walking around campus again, after a little more than 20 years, made Peterson reminisce about her undergrad days.

"I had a lot of friends who were into environmental issues. I loved the natural environment of the campus," she said. "Going back to teach here, since I'd maintained contact with the faculty, I knew there was that same, special place within the department that I really liked."

As GVSU progresses with its 50th anniversary, Peterson acknowledged the differences on campus between the past and present and said that GVSU has grown in a positive manner over the years.

"I think that Grand Valley has done a good job growing and maintaining the focus on undergraduate students," she said. "I really love working with undergrads--I think that's what the faculty is looking for when they come here."

The Peterson family tree has continued to grow along with GVSU's as her niece, Alice, graduated from the university in 2008 as a film and video major. Peterson herself has a daughter who, although currently only a junior in high school, would certainly have a place as GVSU and the Peterson family continue to grow together.

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                                                            [title] => Women's rugby downs D-I Eastern Illinois 17-5
                                                            [description] => Coach Ritchthammer: playing 'well-established' program important to team's improvement.
                                                            [copy] => The Grand Valley State University women's rugby club team defeated Eastern Illinois University 17-5 at home on Saturday, snapping the visiting Panthers' almost three-year unbeaten streak.

GVSU's victory marked the end of a 29-game winning streak for Eastern Illinois, who is widely regarded as one of the top women's rugby schools in the country. Prior to facing GVSU, they had only allowed five points total against Ball State University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame, winning 59-0, 75-5 and 59-0, respectively.

Led by All-American senior Joanna Kitlinski, the Lakers amassed another quality win against a NCAA Division I varsity opponent. Prior to beating Eastern Illinois, the Lakers defeated Central Michigan University 105-5.

Before the game, coach Bob Richthammer was excited just to be playing such a well-known, respected team.

"It's going to be an important game against a well-established program," Richthammer said. "It's going to be tough."

While not yet a full-time varsity sport, coach Richthammer was hopeful that the recent promotion of women's lacrosse to a varsity sport will help pave the way for rugby to follow suit in a few years.

"It's been a grassroots efforts since I arrived here six years ago," he said. "But we've been building a good team that I would like to see maybe three or four years down the road become a full varsity (squad)."

The university and Richthammer have already established the program to be a legitimate contender by securing top recruits away from other top NCAA Division I varsity programs, such as Penn State University, the Air Force Academy and Eastern Illinois. The recruits can receive scholarships largely funded by the coaching staff and alumni.

Richthammer cited the need to continue to play against top programs in order for the univerisity's team to improve.

"We can film the games, but you cannot simulate the speed of a game," he said. "It's very fast paced. Playing a team that will come at us and attack us gives us a good chance to work on our defense and adapt to the speed."

Richthammer also believed Saturday's game would be good for team unification and bonding, after the thumping against Central Michigan a week before.

"Some of our starters didn't play a whole lot against Central Michigan," he said. "We need some time to make sure the entire team gels, since playing together as a team is the most important thing."

Richthammer was optimistic going into Saturday's game against Eastern Illinois, but stressed that playing together as a team and gaining the valuable experience that comes with playing against top teams was key to being successful.

"Obviously, we'd like to come away with a win," he said. "But playing together as a team, and really just getting the experience from playing another established team will be good for what we're trying to accomplish."

The remainder of the regular season largely resembles the football schedule, with games played on weekends until mid-December.

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                                                            [title] => Louie the Laker invites university to 50th birthday party
                                                            [description] => Help celebrate Louie's 50th Birthday from 3 p.m to 6 p.m. today with free food and games. The Future Alumni Association and Student Senate are putting on the party and want the focus to be on students and faculty.
                                                            [copy] => The celebration for the 50th anniversary, nicknamed Louie's 50th Birthday party, will be held from 3 p.m to 6 p.m. today on the west lawn of the Kirkhof Center by Lake Zumberge. The party will commemorate the first day of classes held at GVSU, which started on Sept. 26, 1963.

Free food from Classic Fare Catering and lawn games such as hillbilly golf and corn hole bags will be available while general socializing and celebrating are encouraged.

Mindy Earley, GVSU's assistant director of Alumni Relations, said a multitude of attractive reasons should influence people, particularly new students, to come to the party.

"Students should come to enjoy free food, conversations about GVSU and the history of the university," she said. "The event has been designed to be open, informal and social while inspiring conversations about what the 50th means to everyone."

For FAA, the event not only commemorates the first day of classes but also marks the starting point of event planning. Earley said the goals of the FAA base of 75,000 alumni are to help current students and share their experience, advice and success stories.

Ultimately, Earley said, the current students that make up and embody GVSU are the main focus for the party.

"The Future Alumni Association is hoping (students) will enjoy the event and reflect on what it means to be a student during this grand year," she said. "There is much to celebrate."

Event manager Rachel Wion, a student working for the FAA, agreed that the event, while open to the public, is tailored to the current students and faculty attending GVSU.

"We're throwing the party on Monday because of the date, since we're celebrating the 50 years of Grand Valley's existence and influence," she said. "But we're also celebrating the current students. They have a part in making and continuing Grand Valley's history."

GVSU's Student Senate will also help the FAA present the party in a grand style. Members of Student Senate will encourage discussion among guests on a wide array of topics about GVSU's 50-year history.

Student Senate president Jarrett Martus stressed that learning about the past would be helpful for current students to shape the future.

"I think coming to the celebration will be important for current students who'd like to learn a little more about Grand Valley's history," he said.

In the 50 years of GVSU's rise from a small series of cluster colleges to the thriving university of 25,000 students and 75,000 alumni it is today, the celebration will mark an important milestone in GVSU's history.

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                                                            [title] => ArtPrize, homecoming events lead 50th anniversary into October
                                                            [description] => GVSU's 50th anniversary continues in October with a variety of on-campus events.
                                                            [copy] => Oct. 6: Renowned R&B singer Jason Derulo will make a stop on his first nationwide tour to play GVSU's sold-out homecoming concert at 8 p.m. in the Fieldhouse arena.

Derulo, who is relatively new to the spotlight, has made a name for himself in the past year with hits "Whatcha Say," "In My Head" and most recently "Ridin'

Solo." The singer has made clear his intent to stay at the top of the pack while on tour in a post on his website.

"I don't want to stay in the box," Derulo said. "I'm just going to try to be the best I can be. And when I get to that level, I'll figure out a way to get better."


Oct. 10: The second annual ArtPrize competition, which began on Sept. 22, will end on this day. Founder Rick Devos has already called this years contest "way bigger" than last year's, which was a key commercial success for Grand Rapids. The winner of this year's competition will take home $250,000, with $100,000 going to the second place finisher, $50,000 for third and $7,000 to each of the other artists who make up the top 10.

In an interview with Paul W. Smith of Detroit's WJR-AM 760, Devos said that last year's contest exceeded his expectations, and that he was looking to build off that success to benefit Michigan in the sophomore contest.

"The idea and the real core goal is really about creating a creative culture in West Michigan and Michigan as a whole," Devos said.

The GVSU Outdoor Art and Sculpture Exhibition Center at 301 and 401 West Fulton, as well as the lawns of the DeVos Center, Eberhard Center and Kennedy Hall of Engineering will be among the host sites for showcasing the artwork.



Oct. 1-3, 7-10: GVSU's Shakespeare Festival will present a modern day adaption of "As You Like It" by William Shakespeare in the Performing Arts Center. The setting will take characters, including Rosalind, on an escape from Manhattan into the countryside. Director and communications professor Roger Ellis said the modern-day setting will still embody the elements that have made the play successful for hundreds of years.

"We've put a modern-day spin on Shakespeare's most delightful romance, which is filled with wonderful poetry, four marriages, unbelievable clownery an magical enchantment, with down-home songs," Ellis said.

Tickets for the show are $6-$14 and are available at the GVSU Box Office from noon to 5 p.m.



Oct. 8: Homecoming Weekend will feature a 50th anniversary presidential address by GVSU President Thomas Haas, a pancake breakfast, 5K walk/run, the Shakespeare and Renaissance Festivals, a women's soccer game, women's volleyball game and a home football game against Northern Michigan University.



Oct. 18: A 50th anniversary commemorative book signing will occur in the Thornapple Room of the Kirkhof Center from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. President Emeritus Don Lubbers, former President Mark Murray and current President Thomas Haas will attend the event to personally sign the books.



Oct. 21: The October events conclude with a poetry reading by former GVSU student Bob Hicok and Great Britain's Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy on

the second floor of the Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids. The event is free and open to the public, beginning at 7 p.m.



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                                                            [title] => More than just a game
                                                            [description] => Club athletes pay to play the sports they love, do not get the privileges of scholarships or priority scheduling given to varsity teams.

                                                            [copy] => Grand Valley State University has between 1,300-1,400 club sport athletes who do not get the privileges of scholarships or priority scheduling given to their varsity counterparts. Instead, these men and women pay to play the sports they love.

There are more than 60 total organizations operating through the GVSU Student Life Sports program on a two-tier system with athletes participating at either the competitive or recreational sports level. The competitive teams travel much like the varsity squads, while the recreational teams play more for the love of the game.

For club athletes however, playing the sports they loved since they were little is becoming pretty costly, in more than one way, particularly in the competitive-sports tier. All student athletes are required to pay athletic dues before the start of competition, which go toward paying for uniforms, equipment and travel expenses.

While Student Life Sports works with all of the club sport coaches to set up a predetermined schedule, freshmen and newcomers still have to adapt and work around their classes. Most club sports teams operate with the same intensity of their varsity counterparts, practicing three or four times a week and playing on weekends.

Despite not receiving any money to play their sports, athletes and coaches alike have made the best of the situation. Sophomore women's softball player Kendall Weber said she has been fortunate with her schedule and that her coach mandates a class-first, athletics-second policy.

"I haven't found softball to interfere with my studies at all yet," Weber said. "If anything it keeps me on track by forcing me to manage my time better."

Women's rugby coach Bob Richthammer, whose club team is ranked No. 9 in the nation, said that he also believed in an education first policy.

"I certainly want our team to win, but everyone on our team knows that getting it done in the classroom is more important," he said. "The teachers have been pretty accommodating with our schedule as well."

Sophomore men's soccer player Bobby Nichols said not having priority scheduling has helped his time management skills but admitted he would not mind the extra privilege.

"I have found it pretty difficult to keep up with schoolwork," Nichols said. "It's all about time management, something I'm learning pretty quick. Priority scheduling would be a huge help though."

Despite not having priority scheduling, GVSU club athletics has largely enjoyed the same success as the varsity teams. GVSU Student Life Sports Graduate Assistant Eric Garvelink said he believes the success of the teams is large a credit to the quality and commitment of the athletes.

"The amount of students we have to draw from and their commitment to taking it seriously has helped us excel," he said. "What makes it even more admirable is that they pay to play because they love it. The unparalleled passion and drive they have for the game has made them successful at both the local and national levels."

That passion is clearly embodied in the hard working athletes like Nichols and Weber.

"I love playing soccer," Nichols said. "Being able to compete at the highest level possible just makes the experience that much better."

Weber said playing a college sport was a privilege that helped her put things into perspective.

"Being a college athlete gives me a sense of pride by making me feel like I have a bigger role at Grand Valley than just being a student," she said. "I have a responsibility to my teammates, coaches and myself. I am so thankful for the opportunity to play college softball."

For more information on joining a club sport or going to any of the many games this year, visit the club sports website at www.gvsustudentlifesports.com/.

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => GVSU women's tennis remains unbeaten
                                                            [description] => Senior captains make big impact, keep perfect streak alive during weekend; GVSU qualifies for ITA National Championships.
                                                            [copy] => Grand Valley State University's women's tennis team has remained unbeaten through 11 matches after wins over Lake Erie College and Davenport University Sunday put the team at 11-0 for the season.

Led by senior captains and doubles tandem Chelsea Johnston and Darylann Trout, the Lakers have qualified for the 2010 International Tennis Association National Championships at the doubles ladder, which will take place on Thursday and Friday.

Sunday morning's action saw the Lakers defeat Lake Erie College 9-0. The Lakers dealt visiting Davenport University the same fate in a 9-0 sweep later in the afternoon.

Freshman Niki Shipman led the way by winning both of her first singles matches, 6-0, 6-1, against Lake Erie and 7-6 (5-3), 6-1 against Davenport. Lake Erie forfeited fifth and sixth singles and third doubles due to illness and injuries.

The Lakers pushed passed Ashland University 5-4 Friday afternoon with doubles wins by Trout/Johnston, 8-3, and Niki Shipman/Lexi Rice, 8-4. Rice and Allison Fecko earned singles wins with Trout earning a crucial win in a three-set tiebreaker (6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5)) to ensure the victory and get to 8-0.

Saturday's action saw the Lakers defeat Ohio Dominican University 7-2 behind a sweep in the doubles matches and 4 wins in singles. Johnston rebounded from her first singles loss on Friday by easily taking her No. 2 singles match, 6-1, 6-3 to improve to 7-1 on the year.

The senior expressed confidence and was excited looking forward to the ITA championships.

"We're excited to go," she said. "It will be cool to play with people we're unfamiliar with, that we haven't played before."

GVSU head coach John Black said nationals will be a good way to measuring the team's strength.

"We've never been there before, so it will be a great experience for us," he said. "There are some good teams there that we've never played before, so it will really help us see where we are at in order to compete."

Johnston cited improvements in her game and said she was feeling more comfortable with her volleys and returns this season, leading to her overwhelming success in both singles and doubles.

Black singled out doubles play when speaking about the critical improvements in this year's team that have led to their success and unbeaten mark.

"All of the doubles are playing very well," he said. "They are strong and deep enough to get to at least 2-1 in almost every match. There is confidence going forward from there, knowing that we only have win three out of the six singles matches to earn the victory, and any of our six can get us there."

Black also resounded confidence in his No. 1 doubles pair of Johnston and Trout.

"First doubles is extremely tough to play," he said. "So it's a great plus knowing that we can get off to a good start with them (Johnston and Trout) and earn a point."

Johnston said part of the reason why she and Trout have been so successful is in the fact that they've been playing together for so long.

"We know each other and our tendencies so well that we are very comfortable with each other and how we play," she said. "We've known each other since freshman year."

The Lakers will square off at home against Saginaw Valley State University on Oct. 19 before heading into the GLIAC Tournament, which starts on Oct. 22.

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                                                            [title] => GVSU community offers support, resources for suicidal students
                                                            [description] => Candlelight vigil, online screening program to help self-diagnose levels of depression and QPR program for suicide prevention are all sources of support GVSU is providing in wake of recent suicides across the nation.
                                                            [copy] => In the wake of several youth suicides across the nation, Grand Valley State University has stood tall with compassion as many departments have thrown their support behind students suffering from depression. About 400 people attended the candlelight vigil on Oct. 12 at the Cook Carillon clock tower to honor and remember the lives of seven LGBT youths across the nation who had recently committed suicide.

The GVSU Counseling and Career Development Center just completed a mental health screening program last week with the survey still available online on its website. The goal was for students to self-diagnose their levels of depression. The Counseling Center also employs a program called QPR in dealing with suicide prevention and combating depression. The program helps students question, persuade and refer themselves, friends, family or other students who are contemplating suicide to find help. 

Counselor and Career Outreach Specialist Brian Bossick stressed that suicide is not a private act as the implications affect a community on a wide scale. 

"When someone commits suicide, it strongly impacts the whole community," he said. "There's a sense of sharing a common struggle, and people really seem to understand that."

The QPR system, as well as the screening tests done last week, are crucial in helping individuals deal with depression, Bossick said. When someone does attempt a suicide, the counseling center provides support using QPR.

"It's a great program that offers support," Bossick said. "We want to provide an environment that feels safe and lets the victim lead the session."

The counseling center also works with victims to build up their strengths and connect with them. Over the summer, they provide training for resident assistants in dealing with students who are suffering from depression and may experience suicidal thoughts.

Patrick Lawrence, a senior who has served for a resident assistant for two years, said he keeps a keen eye out for residents who may be afraid to admit that they are depressed.

"It is common, however, for a resident not to seek an RA's help when suffering from depression, which is why I try to interact with my residents often to know how they are doing," he said. "This sometimes includes visiting a resident who has become less involved in floor activities or keeping an open ear during conversations in case a resident mentions that their roommate seems to be struggling with something." 

Lawrence also stressed working closely with the Counseling Center.

"If a resident did come to me for help, I would recommend them to the Counseling Center and offer to walk with them to the office -- it is easier for a resident to make that initial step to seek help if someone is supporting him or her," he said. "Following up with the resident after they visit the Counseling Center is equally important."

Sophomore Matt Gauthier had suffered from depression since junior high until being proscribed with antidepressants last year.

"The best way I can describe it is that it's just a never ending feeling of sinking, a downward spiral always dragging you down deeper and deeper," he said. "It's not a fun feeling to have. It makes you feel like everything is pointless and it's near impossible to see any point of even trying."

With the help of antidepressants, Gauthier, a psychology major, continues to push forward with concentrated courage and determination. Although he is currently content to be on antidepressants, he hopes in the future to be able to see counseling and continue to get help. 

"It takes a lot of courage to do something like that since it's not easy to openly admit to someone that you have problems and you're depressed, and its even harder to go and talk with a stranger about it," he said. "I think that's what stops a lot of people from seeking help, because in society even though everyone has problems, we're supposed to be so independent and do things for ourselves and fix ourselves. So to make yourself vulnerable and go and seek help like that is a hard thing to do."

There are many helpful options for GVSU students like Gauthier suffering from depression, including programs and resources offered within living centers. 

GVSU Director of Housing Andy Beachnau also stressed helping students who are suffering from depression or who had either attempted or considered suicide in the past by referring them to the Counseling Center. 

"We take an educative or supportive role while working with the Counseling Center when we encounter a student suffering from depression or considering suicide," he said.  "We try to create a supportive environment that's accommodating for both the student and their roommate(s)."

When dealing with a victim suffering from depression who may consider attempting suicide, Police Captain Brandon DeHaan said the GVSU Police Department offers a holistic approach in helping the individual. 

"Our role as law enforcement officers is to interact with the individuals suffering from suicidal ideation and make sure they have the opportunity to speak with the Counseling Center," DeHaan said.

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, please visit the Counseling Center in the Student Services Building.

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => Media, student groups promote upcoming vote
                                                            [description] => GVTV and WGVU team up to bring awareness to the importance of students' votes in the Nov. 2 election.
                                                            [copy] => As the Michigan gubernatorial election of 2010 grows closer, social media outlets as well as student organizations around Grand Valley State University are promoting political thought and participation. 

The Nov. 2 election pitches Democratic nominee and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero against Republic nominee businessman Rick Snyder. The two will replace Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat who cannot run for a third term.

Social media outlets GVTV and WGVU, as well as the GVSU College Republicans and GVSU College Democrats, have promoted the upcoming elections and the candidates by taking to the airwaves, newspapers and television.

GVTV News Manager Amanda Stevenson said the network has recently started up a news program titled "GVTV News" that will air once a month starting in mid-November. The program will run for around 15-20 minutes and partly focus on politics. 

Recently, Stevenson and other members of GVTV went out to ask students general information questions about the upcoming elections.

"We found that many students could not name the candidates running for governor and several other races," Stevenson said. "But many (students) were more than willing to learn."  

Ken Kolbe, assistant general manager for GVSU PBS affiliate WGVU, said the network provides opportunities for students to attend or staff debates WGVU hosts with the candidates.

"WGVU provides students and all of West Michigan with radio and television programs and reports concerning the state, local and national elections and issues and the politics that drive them," Kolbe said.           

WGVU hosted primary debates for both the Republican and Democratic candidates as well as the candidates for more than a dozen state House and Senate races. All were aired on both television and radio, Kolbe said.

Student organizations around GVSU, primarily the GVSU College Republicans and GVSU College Democrats, have also been active in promoting the upcoming elections as well as political thought and participation in general.           

GVSU College Republicans President Kyle Smith said his organization has volunteered with several campaigns through the Fix Michigan Center in Grand Rapids.

GVSU College Democrats President Paul LeBlanc said his organization welcomed three Democratic candidates from races in the area to GVSU for the fall edition of their "Meet the Candidates" series.

David LaGrand, who is running for the 29th District State Senate seat, Fred Johnson, who is running for the 2nd Congressional District seat and Brandon Dillon, who is running for the 75th District State House seat, were welcomed in the series. Governor nominee Virg Bernero was also hosted by the GVSU College Democrats last April.

"Our organization will also be tabling at Kirkhof this week and AuSable next week in support of the state party's GOTV (get out the vote) effort," LeBlanc said. "Students will find facts about the Democratic Party's achievements over the past two years and information about individual candidates at our tables."

Both LeBlanc and Smith stressed political interest and being informed about politics in general as crucial for the upcoming elections.

"Being well-informed about one's representatives and current political issues allows one to make reasonable decisions about which candidates to vote for at the polls, which functions to hold politicians accountable for their actions," LeBlanc said.

Smith emphasized the same fundamental points.            

"Grand Valley students need to be informed because it is important for them to know what they may be getting themselves in to when they place their vote in November," Smith said. "Regardless of what party an individual is affiliated with, an informed decision must be made when casting a vote."

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => Men's, women's rugby teams prepare for postseason
                                                            [description] => Division I women's team and Division II men's team have aspirations for National Championships.
                                                            [copy] => National Championship aspirations remain very much alive for both rugby clubs at the start of November.

The Division I women's team (6-1) will play the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the quarterfinal round of the Midwest Playoffs in Allendale at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Lakers are coming off a 45-5 home rout of previously unbeaten Indiana University on Oct. 30.

The Division II men's team advanced to the Final Four in the Midwest Regional Playoffs after winning both of its matches in Pittsburgh during the weekend. The Lakers defeated top-seeded Indiana University-Pennsylvania 13-12 after being down 12-0, and then they downed West Virginia University 37-24.

The men will look to avenge a 16-14 loss suffered earlier this season when they play in a rematch against rival Michigan State University in the regional semifinal on Nov. 13 at Indiana University. A win over the Spartans would see the Lakers play the winner of the other semifinal between the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and St. Johns University-Minnesota and assure the team a spot in the spring's National Final 16 Tournament.

Men's rugby head coach John Mullett highlighted the crucial need for a quick offensive start in beating MSU this time around.

"Last time, we dug ourselves a hole early on and were down 13-0 after the first half," he said. "This time around, we'll look to spread the field defensively, tackle with support, transition well between defense and offense and get guys to the middle of play in order to win."

The rivalry game with MSU, which dealt the Lakers their only loss of the season, should yield a heated matchup with the winner guaranteed a spot in the National Final 16 Tournament.

Senior Tom Albers stressed controlling the ball better and dictating the game style to match Grand Valley State University's style of play as crucial in order to beat MSU.

"Everyone is excited for the opportunity to play (Michigan) State again," he said. "It will come down to us exploiting and capitalizing on our opportunities."

Mullett cited excellent senior leadership and the facilities GVSU has provided the team as part of its success this season, qualities that women's rugby coach Bob Richthammer also holds dear.

GVSU's women's rugby team has enjoyed a season with wins over top-ranked programs in Eastern Illinois University, Ohio State University and Indiana.

Richthammer attributed some of the success of this season to the new turf field that he said gives GVSU a "huge home-field advantage," particularly against clubs familiar with playing on grass pitches, such as Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

"The turf field has really helped us develop into an open-field speed team," Richthammer said. "(Wisconsin-Milwaukee) is a very physical team and will try to control the tempo and game-flow. The key will be making them play at our speed and pace."

Assistant Coach Abe Cohen said the home-field advantage will be crucial in winning Saturday's match.

"One of our goals going into the season was to host a playoff game, so we feel that we've earned it, deserved it," he said. "It's not going to change our mindset, but the players will feel more comfortable playing in front of their fans, friends and family."

The senior leadership has also been a constant source of inspiration throughout the season. Senior captain and All-American forward Joanna Kitlinski said she is confident going into Saturday's game.

"We've been working really well on defense and focusing on not letting up," she said. "We're playing really well as a team and need to focus on not being nervous."

A victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee would most likely see GVSU facing Northern Iowa University, who took the Lakers out of the 2008 playoffs with a double-overtime win en route to winning a National Championship.

A successful mix of talented seniors and highly-touted new recruits has made this year's team special, Richthammer said.

"Some players came back this year solely to compete for a National Championship," he said.

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [description] => Thomas Walker returns to Grand Rapids after most recently teaching at Dartmouth.
                                                            [copy] => Though the 2010-11 school year is his first at Grand Valley State University, international relations professor Thomas Walker is anything but inexperienced.

Walker, who lived in Grand Rapids until he was 12, has returned home after most recently teaching at Dartmouth College. His own education brought him around the country and overseas. He earned a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Michigan, his master's in international relations from Kent University in Canterbury, England and his doctorate in political science from Rutgers University.

Unable to resist the allure of coming back home, Walker said his first tour on a visit to GVSU was enough to persuade him to apply for the job.

"I was really impressed when I came here with the quality of the students," Walker said. "They put me in a room with undergrads, which I was impressed with. Normally, you meet with all the faculty members and you may meet with some graduate students, so meeting with the undergrads showed me Grand Valley really values education."

Walker's time in England allowed him to analyze the differences between the education systems of the U.S. and abroad. 

Walker implemented some of the ideas he learned at Kent into his own teaching policy. He draws more from history than current events for his international relations classes but focuses on students understanding the crucial concepts of the field. 

Walker stressed the need of international relations courses for a balanced education.

"As the world becomes more globalized and more complicated, you need tools to understand that," he said. "I couldn't imagine a good liberal arts education without some international relations classes."

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                                                            [title] => LITE program at GV gives adults with autism real work experience
                                                            [description] => Learning Independence Through Experience program has 20 participants this year working in on-campus jobs.
                                                            [copy] => In collaboration with Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Grand Valley State University is continuing a partnership that helps adults with autism gain work experience.

The Learning Independence Through Experience program began in 2008 to give adults with autism aged 18-26 work experiences with several jobs on campus. The program aimed to improve their independence and self-sufficiency in a workplace environment.

This year, 20 LITE participants work on campus in the University Bookstore, Campus Dining, library, Fieldhouse and other departments. The participants work about 10 hours per week.

Anthony Centrille, LITE program coordinator with Goodwill Industries, said working closely with GVSU has benefited the program's participants.

"Our partnership with GVSU has broadened the scope of the LITE program and increased the opportunities for our participants who are on the autism spectrum," Centrille said.

Working at a university also gives LITE program participants the ability to experience college life while gaining social skills and valuable work experience. 

The program initially coupled with Michigan Rehabilitation Services during the pilot period, during which time participants worked in living centers and among the custodial staffs.

Recent studies done by Autism Speaks show that about 90 percent of adults with autism are unemployed.

The Disability Resource Directory asserts and reaffirms Centrille's statement that any real-world work experience is extremely beneficial for autistic adults.

The majority of adults aged 19-30 with autism live at home with their parents and need constant care. The ability of an autistic adult to manage a job and home and to take care of financial obligations comes from education and training, skills the LITE program continues to provide by matching participants with job opportunities at GVSU.

The program largely benefits everyone involved. The participants are not the only ones who gain memorable and valuable experiences.

Sharelle Arnold, director of the Children's Enrichment Center, said LITE participant Marlen Villarreal has made a positive impact while working at the center.

"The children are especially fond of her and have come to think of her as an integral part of their classroom experience," Arnold said.

Many autistic adults can function as contributing members of society when exposed to programs such as LITE, as social responses, accepted behavior and long-term memory gains have been well documented.

GVSU's Statewide Autism Resourses and Training program is committed to helping create a sustainable structure for participants in the LITE program. The fundamentals of START largely encompass the same principles of the LITE program.

To learn more about Autism Speaks or partner organizations that deal with combating unemployment in autistic adults, visit www.afaa-us.org.

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                                                            [title] => President Haas' 50-hour service challenge met with enthusiasm
                                                            [description] => Challenge began this fall and ends April 1 with 445 participants log 6667.5 hours with 117 nonprofit organizations so far.
                                                            [copy] => While Grand Valley State University celebrates its 50th anniversary, university President Thomas J. Haas has issued a challenge to all students, faculty and staff members.

The President's 50 Hour Service Challenge invites and encourages all participants to complete 50 hours of service to the community. The challenge began earlier this fall and will end on April 1. All participants who complete the full 50 hours will receive an invitation to a ceremony.

Currently, 445 students, faculty and staff members have contributed a total of 6667.5 hours logged with 117 nonprofit organizations. A graduate student currently leads the challenge with 159.5 hours logged at this point, said Olubunmi Fadase, coordinator at the GVSU Community Service Learning Center.

Services to the broader community that occur off campus are encouraged, but some on-campus activities will count toward the hours as well. The activities largely focus on addressing a community-based issue or problem, contributions to the public good and meeting the needs in the surrounding community to contribute to civic life.

Fadase said participation amongst students, faculty and staff has helped in celebrating the 50th anniversary.

"The overall goal of this challenge is to ignite a spirit of service with friendly competition amongst our campus to honor and commemorate GVSU's 50th anniversary," she said. "Faculty, staff and students have really adopted this challenge in honor of GVSU's founding and made it their own."

Activities include direct service, fundraising, philanthropy, education, awareness and advocacy and public professional service.

Haas said he is actively campaigning to draw more volunteers while participating in the challenge.

"I think there's nothing better than being able to take our talents and use them in the service of others," Haas said. "Reconnecting with our communities and showing them that Grand Valley is much more than a school, that it's a network of caring people--that's what's important."

GVSU Student Senate President Jarrett Martus agreed that being visible by taking the challenge was important in making a name for the university.

"We have been spreading the goals of the challenge by word of mouth and through publications," Martus said. "(Taking the challenge) is a good way to be recognized and to show off, as a university, what we have been doing and have accomplished."

Participants can log the 50 hours online by using the volunteer tracker system. Service-learning classes and internships can also be used toward the 50 hours, as well as hours spent training or preparing to be able to serve.

A multitude of on-campus service opportunities also can be used toward the 50 hours. Giving blood at an on-campus blood drive, philanthropy projects like Relay for Life and the Dance Marathon, where goods are directly donated to community based organizations, educating and awareness-raising events, series such as the Vagina Monologues and Rock Against Rap, and cultural or diversity exchanges like the Intercultural Fest all can contribute to the 50 hours.

CSLC matches students interested in community service with a place or event that meets their interests. The CSLC also stresses the need and importance for students and faculty to take the challenge to heart to highlight GVSU's caring attitude and the impact made around local communities.

"Service is one of GVSU's seven values around which our 2010-15 strategic plan is built," Fadase said. "Students and faculty can take pride in participating in something bigger than themselves-challenging themselves to serve 50 hours to their communities and honor the university's founding year at the same time."

The 50 hours also helps to dispel the stereotype of not being engaged within the Allendale and Grand Rapids communities, something Haas actively is working to promote.

"There are a number of beneficial activities to partake in," he said. "It's a great chance for Grand Valley students, faculty and staff members to be visible and partake in the chances to benefit our community."

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [description] => Muslim Student Association spreads true message of Islam and counters negative stereotypes.
                                                            [copy] => Though Islam is not the most-commonly practiced religion among students at Grand Valley State University, different groups on campus do their best to include the faith in everyday life.

Several Christian faith-based organizations exist on campus, such as InterVarsity, Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru), His House Christian Fellowship and Young Life. Still, many students and faculty members on campus practice Islam despite the vast influence of Christianity on campus.

The Muslim Student Association, which has more than 100 members at GVSU, actively works to spread the true message of Islam and counter negative stereotypes that exist in the media.

Sebastian Maisel, professor of Arabic and Middle East Studies and adviser to the MSA, said the organization's main goal is to follow the articles of faith, the five main pillars of Islam.

"That is what MSA is trying to accomplish here at GVSU," Maisel said. "Muslim students are engaged in many activities to enhance our society - fighting hunger and homelessness, encouraging coexistence, strengthening ties between students and the community and raising awareness about problems on campus and in our society."

The MSA also actively works to combat the negative stereotypes that conservative pundits and isolated incidents of terrorism have burdened Muslims with, such as discrimination, harassment and the threat of potential violence.

"Personally, I have seen discrimination against Muslims at airports, in public life and of course in the media and public opinion," Maisel said. "Education and outreach, collectively by the MSA and other organizations, is a way to combat that."

In facing that discrimination first-hand by always being subjected to re-checks at airports, senior Maariya Husain said she meets adversity when traveling abroad and within the United States with a positive outlook.

"I remind myself, especially at Grand Valley, that I represent Islam," Husain said. "Individuals that have never met someone of Islamic faith before meeting me will look to me as a representation. It's really hard to be in a country in which your religion is represented incorrectly, but I have to make it a goal to represent it in every positive way possible."

The daily prayer life of Muslims is busy as all adult Sunni Muslims are required to perform five prayers per day, preceded by ritual cleansing or purification of the body. The Fajr, Zohr, Asr, Maghreb and Isha are offered throughout the day at dawn, around noon, during mid-afternoon, at sunset and once the sky has darkened, respectively. The prayers must be made in the direction of the Ka'aba, which is currently in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

For Husain, who attends MSA meetings when she can and is also a resident assistant for the Niemeyer West living center, the prayer regimen is occasionally difficult for a busy college student.

"It has been difficult at times," she said. "I try to schedule my classes so that I have a break, but even that can be difficult."

Her position as a resident assistant, however, has allowed Husain to promote Islam as a peaceful religion to curious residents, something she said she has enjoyed.

"I have had a couple residents who have been curious or wanted to learn about Islam ask me about my religion," she said. "They have all been very respectful and amazing."

Islam does not have a religious hierarchy, so each individual Muslim is free to answer what Islam's true message is. Ultimately, the majority of Muslims follow the same several core principles, Maisel said.

"Love the one God, love and support your neighbor and follow the articles of faith," he said.

Mariya Chakir, a GVSU Arabic professor, said Islam's message blends prayer with beneficial and kind actions.

"Islam emphasizes on monotheism and enjoins the submission to the will of God, and it urges everyone to follow the exemplary life of Mohammad," Chakir said. "Tolerance, passion, forgiveness and respect of others are very important."

The fundamental principles of Islam and Christianity are more alike than they are different. Both religions stress a connection with one God, living positive, giving lives and being respectful toward others.

For Husain, these things have been fundamental in shaping her identity and how other students see her.

"The meaning of Islam is different to every individual that you ask, but to me, Islam guides me on how to live every aspect of my life," she said. "It teaches me how to be respectful, be giving and connect with Allah."

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                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/google/calendar/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminCalendar
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/gdocs/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminGdocs
                                                            [#^facebook:oauth/?$#] => fboa/:action
                                                            [#^facebook:endpoint/?$#] => b8c0ca57530e28392060e9b16585017b/:action
                                                            [#^housing/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => roost:roost
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/rst/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => roost:admin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:dartAdmin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/brief/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:briefAdmin
                                                            [#^dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:dart
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/nyt/newswire/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => nyt:adminNewswire
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/app/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:adminAppFeed
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/mail/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:adminMailFeed
                                                            [#^cmn/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:main
                                                            [#^main/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:main
                                                            [#^section/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:section
                                                            [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:page
                                                            [#^blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:blog
                                                            [#^gallery/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:gallery
                                                            [#^multimedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:multimedia
                                                            [#^comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:comment
                                                            [#^media/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:media
                                                            [#^r/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:shorten
                                                            [#^recent/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:recent
                                                            [#^search/(?P.+)?/?$#] => gryphon:search
                                                            [#^staff/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:author
                                                            [#^mailaction/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:mail
                                                            [#^m/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^m/section/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:section
                                                            [#^m/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:page
                                                            [#^m/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:blog
                                                            [#^m/gallery/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:gallery
                                                            [#^m/multimedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:multimedia
                                                            [#^m/search/(?P.+)?/?$#] => gryphon:search
                                                            [#^m/staff/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:author
                                                            [#^gryphon/dashboard/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:dashboard
                                                            [#^gryphon/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:article
                                                            [#^gryphon/mmedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:media
                                                            [#^gryphon/search/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:search
                                                            [#^gryphon/user/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:user
                                                            [#^gryphon/tag/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:tag
                                                            [#^gryphon/author/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:author
                                                            [#^gryphon/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:blog
                                                            [#^gryphon/common/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:common
                                                            [#^gryphon/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:page
                                                            [#^gryphon/statistic/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:statistic
                                                            [#^gryphon/setting/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:setting
                                                            [#^gryphon/comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:comment
                                                            [#^gryphon/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:gryphon
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/dashboard/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:dashboard
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:article
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/mmedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:media
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/search/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:search
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/user/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:user
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/tag/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:tag
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/author/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:author
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:blog
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/common/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:common
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:page
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/statistic/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:statistic
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/setting/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:setting
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:comment
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:gryphon
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/issuu/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => issuu:admin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/scribd-sync/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => scribd:adminSync
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/foto/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminFotobroker
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/bb2/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminBb2
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/feeds/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminFeedEater
                                                            [#^advertise/?$#] => adpilotx
                                                            [#^classified/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:main
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/eclipse/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:admin
                                                            [#^m/classified/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:main
                                                        )

                                                    [POST] => Array
                                                        (
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/weather/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminWeather
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/poll/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminPoll
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/mail/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminMailForm
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminFeed
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/qr/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminQRCode
                                                            [#^poll/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:poll
                                                            [#^feedback/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:mail
                                                            [#^feeds/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:feed
                                                            [#^dining/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:ceres
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/ceres/listing/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:listing
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/ceres/category/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:category
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/ceries/owner/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:owner
                                                            [#^calendar/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:calendar
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/google/authsub/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminAuthSub
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/google/calendar/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminCalendar
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/gdocs/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminGdocs
                                                            [#^facebook:oauth/?$#] => fboa/:action
                                                            [#^facebook:endpoint/?$#] => b8c0ca57530e28392060e9b16585017b/:action
                                                            [#^housing/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => roost:roost
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/rst/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => roost:admin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:dartAdmin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/brief/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:briefAdmin
                                                            [#^dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:dart
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/nyt/newswire/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => nyt:adminNewswire
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/app/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:adminAppFeed
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/mail/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:adminMailFeed
                                                            [#^cmn/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:main
                                                            [#^main/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:main
                                                            [#^section/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:section
                                                            [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:page
                                                            [#^blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:blog
                                                            [#^gallery/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:gallery
                                                            [#^multimedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:multimedia
                                                            [#^comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:comment
                                                            [#^media/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:media
                                                            [#^r/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:shorten
                                                            [#^recent/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:recent
                                                            [#^search/(?P.+)?/?$#] => gryphon:search
                                                            [#^staff/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:author
                                                            [#^mailaction/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:mail
                                                            [#^m/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^m/section/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:section
                                                            [#^m/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:page
                                                            [#^m/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:blog
                                                            [#^m/gallery/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:gallery
                                                            [#^m/multimedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:multimedia
                                                            [#^m/search/(?P.+)?/?$#] => gryphon:search
                                                            [#^m/staff/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:author
                                                            [#^gryphon/dashboard/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:dashboard
                                                            [#^gryphon/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:article
                                                            [#^gryphon/mmedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:media
                                                            [#^gryphon/search/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:search
                                                            [#^gryphon/user/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:user
                                                            [#^gryphon/tag/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:tag
                                                            [#^gryphon/author/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:author
                                                            [#^gryphon/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:blog
                                                            [#^gryphon/common/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:common
                                                            [#^gryphon/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:page
                                                            [#^gryphon/statistic/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:statistic
                                                            [#^gryphon/setting/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:setting
                                                            [#^gryphon/comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:comment
                                                            [#^gryphon/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:gryphon
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/dashboard/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:dashboard
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:article
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/mmedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:media
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/search/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:search
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/user/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:user
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/tag/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:tag
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/author/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:author
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:blog
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/common/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:common
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:page
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/statistic/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:statistic
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/setting/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:setting
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:comment
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:gryphon
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/issuu/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => issuu:admin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/scribd-sync/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => scribd:adminSync
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/foto/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminFotobroker
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/bb2/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminBb2
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/feeds/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminFeedEater
                                                            [#^advertise/?$#] => adpilotx
                                                            [#^classified/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:main
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/eclipse/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:admin
                                                            [#^m/classified/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:main
                                                        )

                                                    [PUT] => Array
                                                        (
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/weather/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminWeather
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/poll/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminPoll
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/mail/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminMailForm
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminFeed
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/qr/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminQRCode
                                                            [#^poll/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:poll
                                                            [#^feedback/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:mail
                                                            [#^feeds/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:feed
                                                            [#^dining/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:ceres
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/ceres/listing/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:listing
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/ceres/category/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:category
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/ceries/owner/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:owner
                                                            [#^calendar/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:calendar
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/google/authsub/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminAuthSub
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/google/calendar/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminCalendar
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/gdocs/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminGdocs
                                                            [#^facebook:oauth/?$#] => fboa/:action
                                                            [#^facebook:endpoint/?$#] => b8c0ca57530e28392060e9b16585017b/:action
                                                            [#^housing/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => roost:roost
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/rst/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => roost:admin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:dartAdmin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/brief/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:briefAdmin
                                                            [#^dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:dart
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/nyt/newswire/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => nyt:adminNewswire
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/app/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:adminAppFeed
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/mail/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:adminMailFeed
                                                            [#^cmn/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:main
                                                            [#^main/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:main
                                                            [#^section/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:section
                                                            [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:page
                                                            [#^blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:blog
                                                            [#^gallery/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:gallery
                                                            [#^multimedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:multimedia
                                                            [#^comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:comment
                                                            [#^media/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:media
                                                            [#^r/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:shorten
                                                            [#^recent/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:recent
                                                            [#^search/(?P.+)?/?$#] => gryphon:search
                                                            [#^staff/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:author
                                                            [#^mailaction/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:mail
                                                            [#^m/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^m/section/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:section
                                                            [#^m/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:page
                                                            [#^m/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:blog
                                                            [#^m/gallery/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:gallery
                                                            [#^m/multimedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:multimedia
                                                            [#^m/search/(?P.+)?/?$#] => gryphon:search
                                                            [#^m/staff/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:author
                                                            [#^gryphon/dashboard/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:dashboard
                                                            [#^gryphon/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:article
                                                            [#^gryphon/mmedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:media
                                                            [#^gryphon/search/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:search
                                                            [#^gryphon/user/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:user
                                                            [#^gryphon/tag/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:tag
                                                            [#^gryphon/author/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:author
                                                            [#^gryphon/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:blog
                                                            [#^gryphon/common/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:common
                                                            [#^gryphon/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:page
                                                            [#^gryphon/statistic/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:statistic
                                                            [#^gryphon/setting/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:setting
                                                            [#^gryphon/comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:comment
                                                            [#^gryphon/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:gryphon
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/dashboard/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:dashboard
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:article
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/mmedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:media
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/search/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:search
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/user/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:user
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/tag/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:tag
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/author/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:author
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:blog
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/common/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:common
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:page
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/statistic/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:statistic
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/setting/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:setting
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:comment
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:gryphon
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/issuu/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => issuu:admin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/scribd-sync/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => scribd:adminSync
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/foto/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminFotobroker
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/bb2/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminBb2
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/feeds/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminFeedEater
                                                            [#^advertise/?$#] => adpilotx
                                                            [#^classified/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:main
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/eclipse/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:admin
                                                            [#^m/classified/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:main
                                                        )

                                                    [DELETE] => Array
                                                        (
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/weather/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminWeather
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/poll/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminPoll
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/mail/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminMailForm
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminFeed
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/qr/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminQRCode
                                                            [#^poll/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:poll
                                                            [#^feedback/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:mail
                                                            [#^feeds/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:feed
                                                            [#^dining/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:ceres
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/ceres/listing/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:listing
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/ceres/category/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:category
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/ceries/owner/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:owner
                                                            [#^calendar/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:calendar
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/google/authsub/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminAuthSub
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/google/calendar/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminCalendar
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/gdocs/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminGdocs
                                                            [#^facebook:oauth/?$#] => fboa/:action
                                                            [#^facebook:endpoint/?$#] => b8c0ca57530e28392060e9b16585017b/:action
                                                            [#^housing/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => roost:roost
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/rst/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => roost:admin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:dartAdmin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/brief/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:briefAdmin
                                                            [#^dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:dart
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/nyt/newswire/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => nyt:adminNewswire
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/app/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:adminAppFeed
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/mail/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:adminMailFeed
                                                            [#^cmn/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:main
                                                            [#^main/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:main
                                                            [#^section/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:section
                                                            [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:page
                                                            [#^blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:blog
                                                            [#^gallery/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:gallery
                                                            [#^multimedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:multimedia
                                                            [#^comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:comment
                                                            [#^media/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:media
                                                            [#^r/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:shorten
                                                            [#^recent/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:recent
                                                            [#^search/(?P.+)?/?$#] => gryphon:search
                                                            [#^staff/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:author
                                                            [#^mailaction/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:mail
                                                            [#^m/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^m/section/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:section
                                                            [#^m/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:page
                                                            [#^m/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:blog
                                                            [#^m/gallery/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:gallery
                                                            [#^m/multimedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:multimedia
                                                            [#^m/search/(?P.+)?/?$#] => gryphon:search
                                                            [#^m/staff/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:author
                                                            [#^gryphon/dashboard/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:dashboard
                                                            [#^gryphon/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:article
                                                            [#^gryphon/mmedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:media
                                                            [#^gryphon/search/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:search
                                                            [#^gryphon/user/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:user
                                                            [#^gryphon/tag/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:tag
                                                            [#^gryphon/author/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:author
                                                            [#^gryphon/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:blog
                                                            [#^gryphon/common/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:common
                                                            [#^gryphon/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:page
                                                            [#^gryphon/statistic/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:statistic
                                                            [#^gryphon/setting/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:setting
                                                            [#^gryphon/comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:comment
                                                            [#^gryphon/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:gryphon
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/dashboard/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:dashboard
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:article
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/mmedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:media
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/search/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:search
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/user/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:user
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/tag/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:tag
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/author/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:author
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:blog
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/common/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:common
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:page
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/statistic/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:statistic
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/setting/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:setting
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:comment
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:gryphon
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/issuu/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => issuu:admin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/scribd-sync/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => scribd:adminSync
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/foto/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminFotobroker
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/bb2/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminBb2
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/feeds/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminFeedEater
                                                            [#^advertise/?$#] => adpilotx
                                                            [#^classified/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:main
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/eclipse/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:admin
                                                            [#^m/classified/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:main
                                                        )

                                                )

                                            [orig_routes:foundry\request\route:private] => Array
                                                (
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/weather/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/tsn/weather/<:action>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/poll/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/tsn/poll/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/mail/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/tsn/mail/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/tsn/feed/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/qr/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/tsn/qr/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^poll/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => poll/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^feedback/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => feedback/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^feeds/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => feeds/<:slug>?
                                                    [#^dining/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dining/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/ceres/listing/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/ceres/listing/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/ceres/category/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/ceres/category/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/ceries/owner/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/ceries/owner/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^calendar/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => calendar/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/google/authsub/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/google/authsub/<:service>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/google/calendar/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/google/calendar/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/gdocs/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/gdocs/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^facebook:oauth/?$#] => facebook:oauth
                                                    [#^facebook:endpoint/?$#] => facebook:endpoint
                                                    [#^housing/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => housing/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/rst/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/rst/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/dart/feed/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/brief/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/brief/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dart/feed/<:slug>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/nyt/newswire/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/nyt/newswire/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/app/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/cmn/app/<:action>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/mail/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/cmn/mail/<:action>?
                                                    [#^cmn/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn/<:action>?
                                                    [#^main/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => main/<:page>?
                                                    [#^section/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => section/<:slug>/?<:tag>?
                                                    [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => article/<:action>/<:hash>
                                                    [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => article/<:year>/<:month>/<:slug>
                                                    [#^page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => page/<:slug>/?<:sub>?
                                                    [#^blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => blog/<:slug>?/?<:year>?/?<:month>?/?<:post>?
                                                    [#^gallery/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gallery/<:slug>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^multimedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => multimedia/<:slug>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => comment/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^media/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => media/<:id>
                                                    [#^r/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => r/<:hash>
                                                    [#^recent/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => recent/<:action>?
                                                    [#^search/(?P.+)?/?$#] => search/<*any>?
                                                    [#^staff/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => staff/<:slug>?
                                                    [#^mailaction/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => mailaction/<:action>?
                                                    [#^m/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => m/article/<:year>/<:month>/<:slug>
                                                    [#^m/section/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/section/<:slug>/?<:tag>?
                                                    [#^m/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => m/page/<:slug>
                                                    [#^m/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/blog/<:slug>?/?<:year>?/?<:month>?/?<:post>?
                                                    [#^m/gallery/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gallery/<:slug>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^m/multimedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/multimedia/<:slug>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^m/search/(?P.+)?/?$#] => m/search/<*any>?
                                                    [#^m/staff/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/staff/<:slug>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/dashboard/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/dashboard/<:action>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/article/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/mmedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/mmedia/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/search/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/search/<:action>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/user/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/user/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/tag/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/tag/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/author/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/author/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/blog/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/common/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/common/<:action>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/page/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/statistic/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/statistic/<:action>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/setting/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/setting/<:setting>?/?<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/comment/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/<:action>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/dashboard/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/dashboard/<:action>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/article/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/mmedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/mmedia/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/search/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/search/<:action>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/user/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/user/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/tag/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/tag/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/author/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/author/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/blog/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/common/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/common/<:action>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/page/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/statistic/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/statistic/<:action>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/setting/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/setting/<:setting>?/?<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/comment/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/<:action>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/issuu/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/issuu/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/scribd-sync/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/scribd-sync/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
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                                                            [title] => University axes entrepeneurship minor
                                                            [description] => The Seidman College of Business eliminated GVSU's entrepreneurship minor just before registration.

                                                            [copy] => After consistently failing to fill classrooms, the Seidman College of Business elected in a controversial decision to drop entrepreneurship as a minor days before students registered for classes.


On March 22, at 4:52 p.m., the announcement that the entrepreneurship minor would be axed at the end of the semester was delivered to the entrepreneurship students' e-mails, giving them only half a day to figure out their options. Registration for 2010-11 classes was the next day.


Seidman College of Business Dean H. James Williams had met with members of the Grand Valley Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization (CEO) on Feb. 23 to discuss changes to the program and receive student feedback. Jaclyn Boroff, vice president of events for CEO, attended the meeting.


"There were talks about potentially changing the classes within the minor, but no one knew about completely getting rid of it," Boroff said. "A lot of students were hurt when it happened because they were not told with a lot of time. It just ended."


Citing a general lack of support for the program since its inception five and a half years ago, Williams defended his decision to eliminate the final four courses that would complete the minor.


"We decided not to offer the final four courses that comprise the minor because students were simply not enrolling in those courses," he said.  "Over the five-and-one-half years, these courses enrolled, on average, six students, when the minimum required number is generally 15.  The Seidman College of Business cannot continue to offer courses enrolling these limited numbers."


The timing of the drop still proved to be an inconvenience to many students enrolled in the program. While students with existing entrepreneurship minors can still complete the program by taking the substitute business courses offered, some students were not thrilled with this proposition.


"It's a whole different atmosphere," explained senior Michelle Mitus. "A lot of people want to take classes for their minor. Business classes are not what entrepreneurship students want to fill the void."


The Seidman College of Business will continue to offer the basic entrepreneurship classes, ENT 150 and 151, as well as courses in small business management and the writing of business plans. 


Williams and his colleagues will also offer a survey toward the end of this semester in order to ascertain feedback on interest in a new series of entrepreneurship programs.


"The data suggests strongly that the existing version of the minor does not work," Williams said. "We are simply going back to the proverbial 'drawing board'. We plan to continue to meet the needs of the Grand Valley student population."


While GVSU has now closed its entrepreneurship minor, Central Michigan University has just created its own. However, Williams remains confident in GVSU's approach.


"I remain convinced that Grand Valley is absolutely the most student-centered, quality-focused institution of higher education in the state of Michigan," he said.


In the meantime, CEO encouraged students affected by the drop to be patient and wait for the reforms in the fall. They also advocated participation in the survey. 


"We're making sure that students know we're willing to help them even though some classes are no longer available," Boroff said. "We'll find people who can teach them what they want to know."


dwolff@lanthorn.com




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                                                            [title] => University considers adding two new majors
                                                            [description] => Grand Valley State University is set to add two new education majors for the fall of 2010, pending the approval of the Board of Trustees.

                                                            [copy] => Grand Valley State University is set to add two new education majors for the fall of 2010, pending the approval of the Board of Trustees.

A new comprehensive science and arts for teaching major, as well as a special education certification major are in the works for next fall semester.  In the winter of 2008, Michigan legislature proposed statewide changes for special education teaching, which need to be effective by 2012. These new majors would represent GVSU's transition plan for implementing these policies.

Both majors are up for approval in July. The majority of courses for each already exist, with the exception of a proposed SAT 495 Science and Arts for Elementary Classrooms capstone class.

The faculty is confident the majors will draw enough interest from existing and new students. GVSU's new special education major will be the only dual-endorsement program within the state. This will enable students to have the credentials to teach both regular education and special education when they graduate, making them invaluable for the education market.

Special education professor Barbara Lubic has spent 25 years within the field of special education and understands the value of GVSU's new program.

"It's a nice, comprehensive new major," Lubic said. "It will offer students a little bit of everything; they'll be able to teach math, English, science and history, and that will give them a strong foundation."

From the administration side, both majors have the potential to be successful and attract both new and existing students. President Thomas Haas exuberated confidence when discussing the importance of interest in continuing special education, particularly among the new students who will join the ranks next fall.

"It's an important major for education students," Haas said. "I think incoming freshmen who think of special education as their 'calling' will really see this as a great opportunity."

The faculty within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has worked hard to push the new majors into prominent positions since meeting a few months ago to discuss the reforms needed. Professor David Coffey helped move the comprehensive science and arts major through GVSU's governance process and cited CLAS associate dean Jann Joseph's efforts to create the capstone for the course.

"We are hopeful about (CSAT's) chances and are in the process of gearing up for this coming fall 2010," Coffey said.

Haas cited the faculty's drive to this current point and efforts to make the new majors work.

"I'm very pleased with what the faculty has created," he said. "The Academic Affairs Committee is excited about it as well, since it shows our adaptability and flexibility in adjusting to meet the changes for education in Michigan."

Both of the new majors are expected to offer students interested in education a comprehensive, contemporary approach to teaching and provide the tools for an excellent r?©sum?© upon graduation. Administrators believe the dual-enrollment policy especially should attract students with a passion for special education to broaden their horizons.

While the prospects for the new majors remain hopeful, the ultimate decision on their fates will be decided in July. If they are passed, classes will be available on GVSU's MyBanner in August.

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => Student Project Day showcases robots, iApps
                                                            [description] => Grand Valley State University's Padnos College Engineering and Computing will host the third annual winter semester edition of Student Project Day on Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon.

                                                            [copy] => Grand Valley State University's Padnos College Engineering and Computing will host the third annual winter semester edition of Student Project Day on Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon.

Projects will be spread out among the five floors within the Kennedy Hall of Engineering and Keller Laboratories on the Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids. The event is open to the public, while local middle and high school student classes will also attend to learn about future technological advancements. 

The competition will feature around 20 projects from 50 students, with some individual presenters and some teams. A two-fold judiciary process occurs, as the faculty chooses a top project based on technicality and the public chooses another winner based on popular demand, appropriately dubbed the "People's Choice Award."

The event has been a success with the public in the past. Seymour and Esther Padnos College Outreach Coordinator Sara Maas cited the learning experience for younger students as a crucial reason for the events successes.

"It has been very well received in the past, and it is nice for parents and younger students to be able to talk with the Grand Valley students," she said. "It is a great atmosphere for younger students if they want to go into the computing or engineering fields."

Paul Plotkowski, dean of the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, agreed with Maas that Student Project Day is beneficial for both Grand Valley State University students participating in the event and the general public.

"Student Project Day is a great opportunity for students to display the fine work they do and the great hands-on experience of our programs," he said. "It also gives our students more experience making public presentations, and really honing their presentation skills."

Previous projects have yielded robots that could play air hockey, mobile applications for iPhone, medical devices for sectioning organs, animal research tools and specially-designed wheelchairs. Last year's faculty awarded winners designed a robot for Robowaiter, a program which builds robots to help the disabled.

This year's team behind the Robowaiter robot consists of GVSU sophomore Jake Hall, Kyler Kamysek, Josh Friend, Kathy Drouillard and Travis Thran. The team is coming fresh off of a first place win at the 2010 National Fire Fighting Home Robot Contest at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

The contest challenged students to create robots that could help people with disabilities by implementing new devices, such as enhanced vision systems and height adjustment mechanisms. Hall said this year's model robot featured these improvements, as well as new improvements for lifting and grabbing. He cited GVSU's engineering program as a crucial reason for his group's successes.

"We feel like we've gained a whole round of experience, using the multiple array of skills and resources we've gained at Grand Valley to be successful," Hall said. "Student Project Day provides a hands-on experience for Grand Valley students. It's helping us get our names out there, far beyond students at the University of Michigan or Michigan State University."

All of the projects featured on Thursday will be an important and exciting look into the future of technology. The different angles of the public and the faculty in grading the projects will give invaluable feedback to the students, Maas said.

"It is great for the Grand Valley students to work on presenting their projects on different levels by applying the cool factor for younger students while explaining the technical advantages to faculty and parents," Maas said.

Admission to explore the ideas and devices of tomorrow is free.

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => El Capitan operetta headlines September round of 50th Anniversary Events
                                                            [description] => Grand Valley State University will kick off its 50th Anniversary celebration on Monday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. with John Phillip Sousa's El Capitan.

                                                            [copy] => Grand Valley State University will kick off its 50th Anniversary celebration on Monday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. with John Phillip Sousa's El Capitan.

The unique concert, which will be held in the Performing Arts Center, will be the first installment in an exciting Fall Arts Celebration 2010 that will highlight events on campus and in downtown Grand Rapids for the celebration the university's 50th anniversary year.

Professor Barry Martin will do the honors of conducting what is considered a gem of compositional verve and excellence. The operetta will also include a music faculty/student orchestra. Visiting professor Ben Cole will narrate the operetta of the "March King".

El Capitan itself is a humorous and silly story of mistaken identity. The lead character, Don Enrico Medigua, is the viceroy of Spanish-occupied Peru who secretly has a rebel leader killed only to assume his enemy's identity to win over the rebel soldiers.

El Capitan is just the first of the many events that will occur around campus or in downtown Grand Rapids this year for GVSU students, faculty and alumni to celebrate. Teri Losey, the Chair for the 50th Anniversary Comitee, stressed the value of attending the events.

"I think that it would be a great opportunity for students to get to know some of Grand Valley's rich and unique history," she said. "Going to the events and checking out the website for more information is a great way for students to get involved."

Following El Capitan through the Fall Arts Celebration, the School of Communications will present an Art Gallery Exhibition in the Art Gallery of the Performing Arts Center on the Allendale Campus. The gallery's opening reception on Sept. 15 will showcase 75 new works of art by 28 current faculty members in the Department of Art and Design and the School of Communication. A wide range of artwork will be included, such as animation, installation, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, video and works on paper.

GVSU President Thomas Haas was adamant in an interview for WGVU television on Aug. 27 that the 50th anniversary events were celebratory for both the students and faculty.

"It's all about the students," Haas said. "But we're also celebrating this 50th anniversary because of the public-private partnerships that continue to nurture this university."

Next in line with the anniversary celebrations is the 2010 Battle of the Valley's, which will include a Pedometer Challenge this year. Not only will GVSU students, faculty and staff be battling their Saginaw Valley State University counterparts, but also GVSU's own internal departments will compete against each other as well.

Registration for the competition begins on Sept. 1 with a captain and three additional teammates needed to fill a team roster. The captain can then chose whether his or her team wants to be in Level 1 or Level 2, the latter of which being more strenuous and time consuming physical activity. Beginning on Sept. 1 after registration, captains can visit the web tracker at healthandwellness@gvsu.edu and pick up free pedometers, one for each member of the team, at Lake Michigan Hall in Room 140 at no charge.

The first 125 teams to register will receive a free Battle of the Valley's 50 years in 50 days 50th anniversary t-shirt. The top 25 teams overall will receive a drawstring gym bag. The competition itself will begin on Sept. 22 and runs through Nov. 10.

Rounding out the September celebratory events will be a special campus lecture by distinguished academic lecturer Dr. Jill Ker Conway. She will present "The Next 50 Years in the World" where she will share the insight, experience and wisdom she gained from current and past leadership roles at Nike, Colgate-Palmolive, Merrill Lynch & Co. and the Lend Lease Corporation. She is also a best selling author of several books, including The Road from Coorain and A Woman's Education.

The lecture and a Q&A section will begin at 7 pm on the second floor of the Eberard Center on GVSU's Pew Campus in Grand Rapids. A book signing and reception will begin at 8 p.m.

President Haas' full interview with WGVU telivision can be viewed at www.wgvu.org.

Admission for El Capitan operetta is free after requesting a ticket online or calling the Grand Valley box office at (616) 331-2300.

dwolff@mail.lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => Coach's close-up: Jerry Baltes
                                                            [description] => Jerry Baltes has an outstanding track record - pun intended.

                                                            [copy] => Jerry Baltes has an outstanding track record - pun intended.

Baltes is entering his 12th season as Grand Valley State University's head cross-country and track and field coach for both the men's and women's teams. In his tenure at GVSU, he has won 11 straight indoor and outdoor Women's Track and Field GLIAC Championships and has coached more than 270 All-Americans. The men have finished runners up to Ashland University for the last three seasons.

This year, as with every year, Baltes' goals and ambitions are sky high.

"GLIAC Conference Championships are outstanding, but winning a National Championship is high on our priority list," he said. "We've been close five times, recently finishing second in women's and fourth in men's indoor."

The confidence Baltes exuberates is reflected by both the administration and his athletes. GVSU Athletic Director Tim Selgo praised Baltes for turning around the cross-country and track teams.

"Prior to Jerry Baltes' arrival ... Grand Valley had not won a single GLIAC title in either men or women's cross-country or track and field," he said.  "Now we win most of them consistently! He has built our program into a national power, including having the best overall women's track and field/cross-country program in the country for the last two years."

Baltes accredits the majority of his success at GVSU to his supporting cast.

"I think we have a great support staff, from our administration to our faculty to our assistant coaches," he said. "I've been blessed with caring and hardworking people around me."

Baltes was also named the 2009 Division II Women's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year, an honor he again thinks he shares with his team.

"It's a great honor, but it's not my honor," he said. "Everyone who has surrounded me- the coaching staff, administrators, the student athletes and the support staff- they're the ones who've made this possible."

The current track team is comprised of between 170-180 men and women, with 80-90 of them also running on the cross-country team.    

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => Academic spending remains top priority
                                                            [description] => A recent study of college costs in the July 9 issue of The New York Times revealed that a declining portion of the annual budgets of most American colleges are being spent on instruction. The report suggests an increasing amount of the average budget is being spent on administration and recreational facilities for students.

                                                            [copy] => A recent study of college costs in the July 9 issue of The New York Times revealed that a declining portion of the annual budgets of most American colleges are being spent on instruction. The report suggests an increasing amount of the average budget is being spent on administration and recreational facilities for students.

The Times reported that average tuition rose 45 percent at public universities and 36 percent at community colleges between 1998 and 2008. While tuition rose this year across the nation as well, spending on non-academic areas such as athletics has remained consistently low at GVSU. The university is set to spend close to $184 million this year on academic affairs and student services, which encompasses almost 68 percent of the allotted $272 million for the 2010-11 school year. 

However, Athletics and Fieldhouse Operations will receive close to $5.6 million this year, or 2.1 percent of the overall budget.

The overall budget for 2009-10 allotted for roughly the same low percentage; $5.4 million, or about 2.1 percent of the $255 million in total revenues was given to athletics. Tim Thimmesch, GVSU's assistant vice president of Facilities Services, explained that the allocation of funding in the facilities planning budget for athletics for the 2010-11 year helped build the new intramural turf field.

"An annual budget process in October or November decides how much we spend on facilities," he said. "Each building is different when it comes to athletics, compared to an academic (building) or a new eating center."

Jim Bachmeier, GVSU vice president of Finance and Administration, said a plant fund would largely cover the money needed to finance additions or renovations to athletic facilities.

"There are a number of non-academic buildings that are crucial to the university," he said.

Academics was given more than two-thirds of the budget that year as well, as the university dished out a little more than $175 million toward academics and student services.

The moderate increase in spending on athletics from $5.4 million to $5.6 million comes largely because of the addition of women's lacrosse as a varsity sport this year. It was previously a club sport. Tim Selgo, GVSU athletic director, said most of the money that went into the recent addition came from last year's initial increase.

While the budget has remained low for athletics during the past decade, there is a small chance that an increase could be seen within this one, largely due to renovations or expansions toward Lubbers Stadium.

"We are currently trying to develop an estimate of what an expansion and renovation of the stadium would cost," Selgo said.

The revenue the varsity sports bring into GVSU each year account for a major amount of their budget for the next one. Selgo identified GVSU's partner tier system, which includes big name brands such as Pepsi, Adidas and AT&T, as well as many local businesses as a crucial factor in generating revenue to use for the 2010-11 operating athletic budget.

"During the last fiscal year, we generated $390,000 via our partners," he said. "In combination with our ticket sales, concessions revenue and fund raising dollars, the athletic department generated $1,146,442, which is better than most D-II schools and even some D-I schools."

Despite the addition of the new south campus apartment living centers and the new dining center, The Connection, the budget was not adjusted to take away tuition dollars to pay for them. Revenue collected from meal plans and housing payments were used to fund the additions.

Bachmeier cited a major shift in on-campus housing trends during the last 15 years as key to understanding the long trends with non-academic spending.

"This campus primarily served for commuters in 1995, but we've seen significant changes over the last 15 years," he said. "Spending has slowed, enrollment is not going as quickly and inflation is up- all of which leads to slower spending growth."

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => GVSU grad student leads Ride 4 Life
                                                            [description] => After biking more than 1,000 miles from Holland, Mich., to Dallas, Texas, 10 local cyclists raised almost $60,000 for local Lakeshore Pregnancy Centers.

                                                            [copy] => After biking more than 1,000 miles from Holland, Mich., to Dallas, Texas, 10 local cyclists raised almost $60,000 for local Lakeshore Pregnancy Centers.

Leading the "Ride 4 Life" cyclists, who left Holland on Aug. 28 and rode into Dallas on Wednesday, were Grand Valley State University communications graduate student Jason Craner and LPC Director Mark Congrove. 

Craner, who is now the news director for 1260 The Pledge radio station, had been urging his listeners to donate to the cause on his programs and called in to the station three to four times a day during the ride to promote and raise awareness for the centers.

With offices in Holland, Allendale, Allegan and Grand Haven, the LPC provides care and information for anyone confronting a crisis or an unplanned pregnancy. The other cyclists who participated in the Ride 4 Life all had connections to the LPC, either as a patient, volunteer or employee. 

Debby Congrove, Karen Cutshall, Carolyn Doyle, Betty Geurink, Sherry Hoppen, Cliff Lynema, Barb Meekof and Don Wickstra joined Craner and Congrove on the second-annual Ride 4 Life through the LPC.

Despite training for several weeks before the ride, Craner and his fellow cyclists were physically drained after the 11-day ride. They used a very small portion of the fundraising money to stay in low-rate Super 8 Motels along the way while eating and drinking minimally and getting six hours of sleep per night. For Craner, however, completing the ride was more than enough to make up for minor discomforts on the way.

"Two things really drove me to do this ride: the sense of adventure and being part of something much bigger than me," he said. "Just knowing that between the 10 of us we raised nearly $60,000 -- to make that difference -- it's outrageous."

The money that Craner and his fellow cyclists raised will help pay for ultrasounds and pregnancy crises materials. Congrove reflected Craner's sense of purpose and meaning with the Ride 4 Life when discussing the benefits of the LPC before the riders departed from Holland.

"Each and every day, women all across Michigan fall victim to the pressure of abortion when it is presented as the only viable solution to the crisis surrounding an unplanned pregnancy," he said. "In this decision, not only is a life lost, but a woman's life is changed forever. Lakeshore Pregnancy Center seeks to offer hope and assistance, supporting one woman at a time with information about her pregnancy options."

Craner and his fellow riders were encouraged by the completion of their ride and had a bold message for others who might contemplate participating in the Ride 4 Life trip next year to Orlando, Fla.

"My message to anyone interested in this would be to get up and just do something," he said. "Look what we just accomplished-knowing that we've made a difference is just amazing."

For more information on the 2011 Ride 4 Life, or to see the photos from this year's trip, go to the LPC Web site at http://www.lpcenters.com/theride.

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => Geology professor's 
                                                            [description] => Geology Chair and Associate Professor Virginia "Ginny" Peterson looks back on the rewarding 50 years GVSU has given her and her family.
                                                            [copy] => Since Grand Valley State University opened in 1960, Geology Chair and Associate Professor Virginia "Ginny" Peterson's family has entwined its roots deep within the university's community.

While Peterson grew up in Jenison, Mich., her father, Bill, began teaching at GVSU in 1965 as an economics professor. Her mother, Elsie, finished up a degree as an English major in the 70s, and shortly after "Ginny" and her brother, Chuck, joined GVSU's ranks as undergraduate students.

After pursuing possible majors in engineering and English, Peterson transferred to GVSU in her junior year and explored a degree in environmental science before deciding on geology as her major.

"I took a geology class and fell in love with it," Peterson said. "I spent a lot of time walking around in the ravines."

After graduating in 1980 with a B.A. in geology, Peterson worked for AMOCO Production Company in New Orleans and London before earning her masters at the University of Massachusetts in 1984. She met her husband, Jon Burr, there and went on to earn her PhD in geology there in 1992.

Peterson next taught at Western Carolina University for nine years, before a former professor mentioned that there was a faculty position open at GVSU that fit her experience.

"We were pretty happy where we were living," Peterson said. "But I had a great experience at GVSU as a student. I had family here, and it was a bigger place, so there was quite a bit of appeal."

Peterson made her return to the Grand Rapids area when she was hired by GVSU in 2003, eventually becoming chair of the geology department. Her initial love of the campus and surrounding area played a crucial role in deciding to return.

"When I was a student here, it was a small place and you knew everybody, especially within the geology department at the time," she said. "I got excited about the field, because it was a very welcoming place. It's kind of like a family--in geology you do field trips, and you connect with people, so the department itself was probably key to my experience at Grand Valley."

Walking around campus again, after a little more than 20 years, made Peterson reminisce about her undergrad days.

"I had a lot of friends who were into environmental issues. I loved the natural environment of the campus," she said. "Going back to teach here, since I'd maintained contact with the faculty, I knew there was that same, special place within the department that I really liked."

As GVSU progresses with its 50th anniversary, Peterson acknowledged the differences on campus between the past and present and said that GVSU has grown in a positive manner over the years.

"I think that Grand Valley has done a good job growing and maintaining the focus on undergraduate students," she said. "I really love working with undergrads--I think that's what the faculty is looking for when they come here."

The Peterson family tree has continued to grow along with GVSU's as her niece, Alice, graduated from the university in 2008 as a film and video major. Peterson herself has a daughter who, although currently only a junior in high school, would certainly have a place as GVSU and the Peterson family continue to grow together.

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                                                            [title] => Women's rugby downs D-I Eastern Illinois 17-5
                                                            [description] => Coach Ritchthammer: playing 'well-established' program important to team's improvement.
                                                            [copy] => The Grand Valley State University women's rugby club team defeated Eastern Illinois University 17-5 at home on Saturday, snapping the visiting Panthers' almost three-year unbeaten streak.

GVSU's victory marked the end of a 29-game winning streak for Eastern Illinois, who is widely regarded as one of the top women's rugby schools in the country. Prior to facing GVSU, they had only allowed five points total against Ball State University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame, winning 59-0, 75-5 and 59-0, respectively.

Led by All-American senior Joanna Kitlinski, the Lakers amassed another quality win against a NCAA Division I varsity opponent. Prior to beating Eastern Illinois, the Lakers defeated Central Michigan University 105-5.

Before the game, coach Bob Richthammer was excited just to be playing such a well-known, respected team.

"It's going to be an important game against a well-established program," Richthammer said. "It's going to be tough."

While not yet a full-time varsity sport, coach Richthammer was hopeful that the recent promotion of women's lacrosse to a varsity sport will help pave the way for rugby to follow suit in a few years.

"It's been a grassroots efforts since I arrived here six years ago," he said. "But we've been building a good team that I would like to see maybe three or four years down the road become a full varsity (squad)."

The university and Richthammer have already established the program to be a legitimate contender by securing top recruits away from other top NCAA Division I varsity programs, such as Penn State University, the Air Force Academy and Eastern Illinois. The recruits can receive scholarships largely funded by the coaching staff and alumni.

Richthammer cited the need to continue to play against top programs in order for the univerisity's team to improve.

"We can film the games, but you cannot simulate the speed of a game," he said. "It's very fast paced. Playing a team that will come at us and attack us gives us a good chance to work on our defense and adapt to the speed."

Richthammer also believed Saturday's game would be good for team unification and bonding, after the thumping against Central Michigan a week before.

"Some of our starters didn't play a whole lot against Central Michigan," he said. "We need some time to make sure the entire team gels, since playing together as a team is the most important thing."

Richthammer was optimistic going into Saturday's game against Eastern Illinois, but stressed that playing together as a team and gaining the valuable experience that comes with playing against top teams was key to being successful.

"Obviously, we'd like to come away with a win," he said. "But playing together as a team, and really just getting the experience from playing another established team will be good for what we're trying to accomplish."

The remainder of the regular season largely resembles the football schedule, with games played on weekends until mid-December.

dwolff@lanthorn.com





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                                                            [title] => Louie the Laker invites university to 50th birthday party
                                                            [description] => Help celebrate Louie's 50th Birthday from 3 p.m to 6 p.m. today with free food and games. The Future Alumni Association and Student Senate are putting on the party and want the focus to be on students and faculty.
                                                            [copy] => The celebration for the 50th anniversary, nicknamed Louie's 50th Birthday party, will be held from 3 p.m to 6 p.m. today on the west lawn of the Kirkhof Center by Lake Zumberge. The party will commemorate the first day of classes held at GVSU, which started on Sept. 26, 1963.

Free food from Classic Fare Catering and lawn games such as hillbilly golf and corn hole bags will be available while general socializing and celebrating are encouraged.

Mindy Earley, GVSU's assistant director of Alumni Relations, said a multitude of attractive reasons should influence people, particularly new students, to come to the party.

"Students should come to enjoy free food, conversations about GVSU and the history of the university," she said. "The event has been designed to be open, informal and social while inspiring conversations about what the 50th means to everyone."

For FAA, the event not only commemorates the first day of classes but also marks the starting point of event planning. Earley said the goals of the FAA base of 75,000 alumni are to help current students and share their experience, advice and success stories.

Ultimately, Earley said, the current students that make up and embody GVSU are the main focus for the party.

"The Future Alumni Association is hoping (students) will enjoy the event and reflect on what it means to be a student during this grand year," she said. "There is much to celebrate."

Event manager Rachel Wion, a student working for the FAA, agreed that the event, while open to the public, is tailored to the current students and faculty attending GVSU.

"We're throwing the party on Monday because of the date, since we're celebrating the 50 years of Grand Valley's existence and influence," she said. "But we're also celebrating the current students. They have a part in making and continuing Grand Valley's history."

GVSU's Student Senate will also help the FAA present the party in a grand style. Members of Student Senate will encourage discussion among guests on a wide array of topics about GVSU's 50-year history.

Student Senate president Jarrett Martus stressed that learning about the past would be helpful for current students to shape the future.

"I think coming to the celebration will be important for current students who'd like to learn a little more about Grand Valley's history," he said.

In the 50 years of GVSU's rise from a small series of cluster colleges to the thriving university of 25,000 students and 75,000 alumni it is today, the celebration will mark an important milestone in GVSU's history.

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                                                            [title] => ArtPrize, homecoming events lead 50th anniversary into October
                                                            [description] => GVSU's 50th anniversary continues in October with a variety of on-campus events.
                                                            [copy] => Oct. 6: Renowned R&B singer Jason Derulo will make a stop on his first nationwide tour to play GVSU's sold-out homecoming concert at 8 p.m. in the Fieldhouse arena.

Derulo, who is relatively new to the spotlight, has made a name for himself in the past year with hits "Whatcha Say," "In My Head" and most recently "Ridin'

Solo." The singer has made clear his intent to stay at the top of the pack while on tour in a post on his website.

"I don't want to stay in the box," Derulo said. "I'm just going to try to be the best I can be. And when I get to that level, I'll figure out a way to get better."


Oct. 10: The second annual ArtPrize competition, which began on Sept. 22, will end on this day. Founder Rick Devos has already called this years contest "way bigger" than last year's, which was a key commercial success for Grand Rapids. The winner of this year's competition will take home $250,000, with $100,000 going to the second place finisher, $50,000 for third and $7,000 to each of the other artists who make up the top 10.

In an interview with Paul W. Smith of Detroit's WJR-AM 760, Devos said that last year's contest exceeded his expectations, and that he was looking to build off that success to benefit Michigan in the sophomore contest.

"The idea and the real core goal is really about creating a creative culture in West Michigan and Michigan as a whole," Devos said.

The GVSU Outdoor Art and Sculpture Exhibition Center at 301 and 401 West Fulton, as well as the lawns of the DeVos Center, Eberhard Center and Kennedy Hall of Engineering will be among the host sites for showcasing the artwork.



Oct. 1-3, 7-10: GVSU's Shakespeare Festival will present a modern day adaption of "As You Like It" by William Shakespeare in the Performing Arts Center. The setting will take characters, including Rosalind, on an escape from Manhattan into the countryside. Director and communications professor Roger Ellis said the modern-day setting will still embody the elements that have made the play successful for hundreds of years.

"We've put a modern-day spin on Shakespeare's most delightful romance, which is filled with wonderful poetry, four marriages, unbelievable clownery an magical enchantment, with down-home songs," Ellis said.

Tickets for the show are $6-$14 and are available at the GVSU Box Office from noon to 5 p.m.



Oct. 8: Homecoming Weekend will feature a 50th anniversary presidential address by GVSU President Thomas Haas, a pancake breakfast, 5K walk/run, the Shakespeare and Renaissance Festivals, a women's soccer game, women's volleyball game and a home football game against Northern Michigan University.



Oct. 18: A 50th anniversary commemorative book signing will occur in the Thornapple Room of the Kirkhof Center from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. President Emeritus Don Lubbers, former President Mark Murray and current President Thomas Haas will attend the event to personally sign the books.



Oct. 21: The October events conclude with a poetry reading by former GVSU student Bob Hicok and Great Britain's Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy on

the second floor of the Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids. The event is free and open to the public, beginning at 7 p.m.



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                                                            [title] => More than just a game
                                                            [description] => Club athletes pay to play the sports they love, do not get the privileges of scholarships or priority scheduling given to varsity teams.

                                                            [copy] => Grand Valley State University has between 1,300-1,400 club sport athletes who do not get the privileges of scholarships or priority scheduling given to their varsity counterparts. Instead, these men and women pay to play the sports they love.

There are more than 60 total organizations operating through the GVSU Student Life Sports program on a two-tier system with athletes participating at either the competitive or recreational sports level. The competitive teams travel much like the varsity squads, while the recreational teams play more for the love of the game.

For club athletes however, playing the sports they loved since they were little is becoming pretty costly, in more than one way, particularly in the competitive-sports tier. All student athletes are required to pay athletic dues before the start of competition, which go toward paying for uniforms, equipment and travel expenses.

While Student Life Sports works with all of the club sport coaches to set up a predetermined schedule, freshmen and newcomers still have to adapt and work around their classes. Most club sports teams operate with the same intensity of their varsity counterparts, practicing three or four times a week and playing on weekends.

Despite not receiving any money to play their sports, athletes and coaches alike have made the best of the situation. Sophomore women's softball player Kendall Weber said she has been fortunate with her schedule and that her coach mandates a class-first, athletics-second policy.

"I haven't found softball to interfere with my studies at all yet," Weber said. "If anything it keeps me on track by forcing me to manage my time better."

Women's rugby coach Bob Richthammer, whose club team is ranked No. 9 in the nation, said that he also believed in an education first policy.

"I certainly want our team to win, but everyone on our team knows that getting it done in the classroom is more important," he said. "The teachers have been pretty accommodating with our schedule as well."

Sophomore men's soccer player Bobby Nichols said not having priority scheduling has helped his time management skills but admitted he would not mind the extra privilege.

"I have found it pretty difficult to keep up with schoolwork," Nichols said. "It's all about time management, something I'm learning pretty quick. Priority scheduling would be a huge help though."

Despite not having priority scheduling, GVSU club athletics has largely enjoyed the same success as the varsity teams. GVSU Student Life Sports Graduate Assistant Eric Garvelink said he believes the success of the teams is large a credit to the quality and commitment of the athletes.

"The amount of students we have to draw from and their commitment to taking it seriously has helped us excel," he said. "What makes it even more admirable is that they pay to play because they love it. The unparalleled passion and drive they have for the game has made them successful at both the local and national levels."

That passion is clearly embodied in the hard working athletes like Nichols and Weber.

"I love playing soccer," Nichols said. "Being able to compete at the highest level possible just makes the experience that much better."

Weber said playing a college sport was a privilege that helped her put things into perspective.

"Being a college athlete gives me a sense of pride by making me feel like I have a bigger role at Grand Valley than just being a student," she said. "I have a responsibility to my teammates, coaches and myself. I am so thankful for the opportunity to play college softball."

For more information on joining a club sport or going to any of the many games this year, visit the club sports website at www.gvsustudentlifesports.com/.

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                                                            [title] => GVSU women's tennis remains unbeaten
                                                            [description] => Senior captains make big impact, keep perfect streak alive during weekend; GVSU qualifies for ITA National Championships.
                                                            [copy] => Grand Valley State University's women's tennis team has remained unbeaten through 11 matches after wins over Lake Erie College and Davenport University Sunday put the team at 11-0 for the season.

Led by senior captains and doubles tandem Chelsea Johnston and Darylann Trout, the Lakers have qualified for the 2010 International Tennis Association National Championships at the doubles ladder, which will take place on Thursday and Friday.

Sunday morning's action saw the Lakers defeat Lake Erie College 9-0. The Lakers dealt visiting Davenport University the same fate in a 9-0 sweep later in the afternoon.

Freshman Niki Shipman led the way by winning both of her first singles matches, 6-0, 6-1, against Lake Erie and 7-6 (5-3), 6-1 against Davenport. Lake Erie forfeited fifth and sixth singles and third doubles due to illness and injuries.

The Lakers pushed passed Ashland University 5-4 Friday afternoon with doubles wins by Trout/Johnston, 8-3, and Niki Shipman/Lexi Rice, 8-4. Rice and Allison Fecko earned singles wins with Trout earning a crucial win in a three-set tiebreaker (6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5)) to ensure the victory and get to 8-0.

Saturday's action saw the Lakers defeat Ohio Dominican University 7-2 behind a sweep in the doubles matches and 4 wins in singles. Johnston rebounded from her first singles loss on Friday by easily taking her No. 2 singles match, 6-1, 6-3 to improve to 7-1 on the year.

The senior expressed confidence and was excited looking forward to the ITA championships.

"We're excited to go," she said. "It will be cool to play with people we're unfamiliar with, that we haven't played before."

GVSU head coach John Black said nationals will be a good way to measuring the team's strength.

"We've never been there before, so it will be a great experience for us," he said. "There are some good teams there that we've never played before, so it will really help us see where we are at in order to compete."

Johnston cited improvements in her game and said she was feeling more comfortable with her volleys and returns this season, leading to her overwhelming success in both singles and doubles.

Black singled out doubles play when speaking about the critical improvements in this year's team that have led to their success and unbeaten mark.

"All of the doubles are playing very well," he said. "They are strong and deep enough to get to at least 2-1 in almost every match. There is confidence going forward from there, knowing that we only have win three out of the six singles matches to earn the victory, and any of our six can get us there."

Black also resounded confidence in his No. 1 doubles pair of Johnston and Trout.

"First doubles is extremely tough to play," he said. "So it's a great plus knowing that we can get off to a good start with them (Johnston and Trout) and earn a point."

Johnston said part of the reason why she and Trout have been so successful is in the fact that they've been playing together for so long.

"We know each other and our tendencies so well that we are very comfortable with each other and how we play," she said. "We've known each other since freshman year."

The Lakers will square off at home against Saginaw Valley State University on Oct. 19 before heading into the GLIAC Tournament, which starts on Oct. 22.

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                                                            [title] => GVSU community offers support, resources for suicidal students
                                                            [description] => Candlelight vigil, online screening program to help self-diagnose levels of depression and QPR program for suicide prevention are all sources of support GVSU is providing in wake of recent suicides across the nation.
                                                            [copy] => In the wake of several youth suicides across the nation, Grand Valley State University has stood tall with compassion as many departments have thrown their support behind students suffering from depression. About 400 people attended the candlelight vigil on Oct. 12 at the Cook Carillon clock tower to honor and remember the lives of seven LGBT youths across the nation who had recently committed suicide.

The GVSU Counseling and Career Development Center just completed a mental health screening program last week with the survey still available online on its website. The goal was for students to self-diagnose their levels of depression. The Counseling Center also employs a program called QPR in dealing with suicide prevention and combating depression. The program helps students question, persuade and refer themselves, friends, family or other students who are contemplating suicide to find help. 

Counselor and Career Outreach Specialist Brian Bossick stressed that suicide is not a private act as the implications affect a community on a wide scale. 

"When someone commits suicide, it strongly impacts the whole community," he said. "There's a sense of sharing a common struggle, and people really seem to understand that."

The QPR system, as well as the screening tests done last week, are crucial in helping individuals deal with depression, Bossick said. When someone does attempt a suicide, the counseling center provides support using QPR.

"It's a great program that offers support," Bossick said. "We want to provide an environment that feels safe and lets the victim lead the session."

The counseling center also works with victims to build up their strengths and connect with them. Over the summer, they provide training for resident assistants in dealing with students who are suffering from depression and may experience suicidal thoughts.

Patrick Lawrence, a senior who has served for a resident assistant for two years, said he keeps a keen eye out for residents who may be afraid to admit that they are depressed.

"It is common, however, for a resident not to seek an RA's help when suffering from depression, which is why I try to interact with my residents often to know how they are doing," he said. "This sometimes includes visiting a resident who has become less involved in floor activities or keeping an open ear during conversations in case a resident mentions that their roommate seems to be struggling with something." 

Lawrence also stressed working closely with the Counseling Center.

"If a resident did come to me for help, I would recommend them to the Counseling Center and offer to walk with them to the office -- it is easier for a resident to make that initial step to seek help if someone is supporting him or her," he said. "Following up with the resident after they visit the Counseling Center is equally important."

Sophomore Matt Gauthier had suffered from depression since junior high until being proscribed with antidepressants last year.

"The best way I can describe it is that it's just a never ending feeling of sinking, a downward spiral always dragging you down deeper and deeper," he said. "It's not a fun feeling to have. It makes you feel like everything is pointless and it's near impossible to see any point of even trying."

With the help of antidepressants, Gauthier, a psychology major, continues to push forward with concentrated courage and determination. Although he is currently content to be on antidepressants, he hopes in the future to be able to see counseling and continue to get help. 

"It takes a lot of courage to do something like that since it's not easy to openly admit to someone that you have problems and you're depressed, and its even harder to go and talk with a stranger about it," he said. "I think that's what stops a lot of people from seeking help, because in society even though everyone has problems, we're supposed to be so independent and do things for ourselves and fix ourselves. So to make yourself vulnerable and go and seek help like that is a hard thing to do."

There are many helpful options for GVSU students like Gauthier suffering from depression, including programs and resources offered within living centers. 

GVSU Director of Housing Andy Beachnau also stressed helping students who are suffering from depression or who had either attempted or considered suicide in the past by referring them to the Counseling Center. 

"We take an educative or supportive role while working with the Counseling Center when we encounter a student suffering from depression or considering suicide," he said.  "We try to create a supportive environment that's accommodating for both the student and their roommate(s)."

When dealing with a victim suffering from depression who may consider attempting suicide, Police Captain Brandon DeHaan said the GVSU Police Department offers a holistic approach in helping the individual. 

"Our role as law enforcement officers is to interact with the individuals suffering from suicidal ideation and make sure they have the opportunity to speak with the Counseling Center," DeHaan said.

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, please visit the Counseling Center in the Student Services Building.

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                                                            [title] => Media, student groups promote upcoming vote
                                                            [description] => GVTV and WGVU team up to bring awareness to the importance of students' votes in the Nov. 2 election.
                                                            [copy] => As the Michigan gubernatorial election of 2010 grows closer, social media outlets as well as student organizations around Grand Valley State University are promoting political thought and participation. 

The Nov. 2 election pitches Democratic nominee and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero against Republic nominee businessman Rick Snyder. The two will replace Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat who cannot run for a third term.

Social media outlets GVTV and WGVU, as well as the GVSU College Republicans and GVSU College Democrats, have promoted the upcoming elections and the candidates by taking to the airwaves, newspapers and television.

GVTV News Manager Amanda Stevenson said the network has recently started up a news program titled "GVTV News" that will air once a month starting in mid-November. The program will run for around 15-20 minutes and partly focus on politics. 

Recently, Stevenson and other members of GVTV went out to ask students general information questions about the upcoming elections.

"We found that many students could not name the candidates running for governor and several other races," Stevenson said. "But many (students) were more than willing to learn."  

Ken Kolbe, assistant general manager for GVSU PBS affiliate WGVU, said the network provides opportunities for students to attend or staff debates WGVU hosts with the candidates.

"WGVU provides students and all of West Michigan with radio and television programs and reports concerning the state, local and national elections and issues and the politics that drive them," Kolbe said.           

WGVU hosted primary debates for both the Republican and Democratic candidates as well as the candidates for more than a dozen state House and Senate races. All were aired on both television and radio, Kolbe said.

Student organizations around GVSU, primarily the GVSU College Republicans and GVSU College Democrats, have also been active in promoting the upcoming elections as well as political thought and participation in general.           

GVSU College Republicans President Kyle Smith said his organization has volunteered with several campaigns through the Fix Michigan Center in Grand Rapids.

GVSU College Democrats President Paul LeBlanc said his organization welcomed three Democratic candidates from races in the area to GVSU for the fall edition of their "Meet the Candidates" series.

David LaGrand, who is running for the 29th District State Senate seat, Fred Johnson, who is running for the 2nd Congressional District seat and Brandon Dillon, who is running for the 75th District State House seat, were welcomed in the series. Governor nominee Virg Bernero was also hosted by the GVSU College Democrats last April.

"Our organization will also be tabling at Kirkhof this week and AuSable next week in support of the state party's GOTV (get out the vote) effort," LeBlanc said. "Students will find facts about the Democratic Party's achievements over the past two years and information about individual candidates at our tables."

Both LeBlanc and Smith stressed political interest and being informed about politics in general as crucial for the upcoming elections.

"Being well-informed about one's representatives and current political issues allows one to make reasonable decisions about which candidates to vote for at the polls, which functions to hold politicians accountable for their actions," LeBlanc said.

Smith emphasized the same fundamental points.            

"Grand Valley students need to be informed because it is important for them to know what they may be getting themselves in to when they place their vote in November," Smith said. "Regardless of what party an individual is affiliated with, an informed decision must be made when casting a vote."

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                                                            [title] => Men's, women's rugby teams prepare for postseason
                                                            [description] => Division I women's team and Division II men's team have aspirations for National Championships.
                                                            [copy] => National Championship aspirations remain very much alive for both rugby clubs at the start of November.

The Division I women's team (6-1) will play the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the quarterfinal round of the Midwest Playoffs in Allendale at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Lakers are coming off a 45-5 home rout of previously unbeaten Indiana University on Oct. 30.

The Division II men's team advanced to the Final Four in the Midwest Regional Playoffs after winning both of its matches in Pittsburgh during the weekend. The Lakers defeated top-seeded Indiana University-Pennsylvania 13-12 after being down 12-0, and then they downed West Virginia University 37-24.

The men will look to avenge a 16-14 loss suffered earlier this season when they play in a rematch against rival Michigan State University in the regional semifinal on Nov. 13 at Indiana University. A win over the Spartans would see the Lakers play the winner of the other semifinal between the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and St. Johns University-Minnesota and assure the team a spot in the spring's National Final 16 Tournament.

Men's rugby head coach John Mullett highlighted the crucial need for a quick offensive start in beating MSU this time around.

"Last time, we dug ourselves a hole early on and were down 13-0 after the first half," he said. "This time around, we'll look to spread the field defensively, tackle with support, transition well between defense and offense and get guys to the middle of play in order to win."

The rivalry game with MSU, which dealt the Lakers their only loss of the season, should yield a heated matchup with the winner guaranteed a spot in the National Final 16 Tournament.

Senior Tom Albers stressed controlling the ball better and dictating the game style to match Grand Valley State University's style of play as crucial in order to beat MSU.

"Everyone is excited for the opportunity to play (Michigan) State again," he said. "It will come down to us exploiting and capitalizing on our opportunities."

Mullett cited excellent senior leadership and the facilities GVSU has provided the team as part of its success this season, qualities that women's rugby coach Bob Richthammer also holds dear.

GVSU's women's rugby team has enjoyed a season with wins over top-ranked programs in Eastern Illinois University, Ohio State University and Indiana.

Richthammer attributed some of the success of this season to the new turf field that he said gives GVSU a "huge home-field advantage," particularly against clubs familiar with playing on grass pitches, such as Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

"The turf field has really helped us develop into an open-field speed team," Richthammer said. "(Wisconsin-Milwaukee) is a very physical team and will try to control the tempo and game-flow. The key will be making them play at our speed and pace."

Assistant Coach Abe Cohen said the home-field advantage will be crucial in winning Saturday's match.

"One of our goals going into the season was to host a playoff game, so we feel that we've earned it, deserved it," he said. "It's not going to change our mindset, but the players will feel more comfortable playing in front of their fans, friends and family."

The senior leadership has also been a constant source of inspiration throughout the season. Senior captain and All-American forward Joanna Kitlinski said she is confident going into Saturday's game.

"We've been working really well on defense and focusing on not letting up," she said. "We're playing really well as a team and need to focus on not being nervous."

A victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee would most likely see GVSU facing Northern Iowa University, who took the Lakers out of the 2008 playoffs with a double-overtime win en route to winning a National Championship.

A successful mix of talented seniors and highly-touted new recruits has made this year's team special, Richthammer said.

"Some players came back this year solely to compete for a National Championship," he said.

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [description] => Thomas Walker returns to Grand Rapids after most recently teaching at Dartmouth.
                                                            [copy] => Though the 2010-11 school year is his first at Grand Valley State University, international relations professor Thomas Walker is anything but inexperienced.

Walker, who lived in Grand Rapids until he was 12, has returned home after most recently teaching at Dartmouth College. His own education brought him around the country and overseas. He earned a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Michigan, his master's in international relations from Kent University in Canterbury, England and his doctorate in political science from Rutgers University.

Unable to resist the allure of coming back home, Walker said his first tour on a visit to GVSU was enough to persuade him to apply for the job.

"I was really impressed when I came here with the quality of the students," Walker said. "They put me in a room with undergrads, which I was impressed with. Normally, you meet with all the faculty members and you may meet with some graduate students, so meeting with the undergrads showed me Grand Valley really values education."

Walker's time in England allowed him to analyze the differences between the education systems of the U.S. and abroad. 

Walker implemented some of the ideas he learned at Kent into his own teaching policy. He draws more from history than current events for his international relations classes but focuses on students understanding the crucial concepts of the field. 

Walker stressed the need of international relations courses for a balanced education.

"As the world becomes more globalized and more complicated, you need tools to understand that," he said. "I couldn't imagine a good liberal arts education without some international relations classes."

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                                                            [title] => LITE program at GV gives adults with autism real work experience
                                                            [description] => Learning Independence Through Experience program has 20 participants this year working in on-campus jobs.
                                                            [copy] => In collaboration with Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Grand Valley State University is continuing a partnership that helps adults with autism gain work experience.

The Learning Independence Through Experience program began in 2008 to give adults with autism aged 18-26 work experiences with several jobs on campus. The program aimed to improve their independence and self-sufficiency in a workplace environment.

This year, 20 LITE participants work on campus in the University Bookstore, Campus Dining, library, Fieldhouse and other departments. The participants work about 10 hours per week.

Anthony Centrille, LITE program coordinator with Goodwill Industries, said working closely with GVSU has benefited the program's participants.

"Our partnership with GVSU has broadened the scope of the LITE program and increased the opportunities for our participants who are on the autism spectrum," Centrille said.

Working at a university also gives LITE program participants the ability to experience college life while gaining social skills and valuable work experience. 

The program initially coupled with Michigan Rehabilitation Services during the pilot period, during which time participants worked in living centers and among the custodial staffs.

Recent studies done by Autism Speaks show that about 90 percent of adults with autism are unemployed.

The Disability Resource Directory asserts and reaffirms Centrille's statement that any real-world work experience is extremely beneficial for autistic adults.

The majority of adults aged 19-30 with autism live at home with their parents and need constant care. The ability of an autistic adult to manage a job and home and to take care of financial obligations comes from education and training, skills the LITE program continues to provide by matching participants with job opportunities at GVSU.

The program largely benefits everyone involved. The participants are not the only ones who gain memorable and valuable experiences.

Sharelle Arnold, director of the Children's Enrichment Center, said LITE participant Marlen Villarreal has made a positive impact while working at the center.

"The children are especially fond of her and have come to think of her as an integral part of their classroom experience," Arnold said.

Many autistic adults can function as contributing members of society when exposed to programs such as LITE, as social responses, accepted behavior and long-term memory gains have been well documented.

GVSU's Statewide Autism Resourses and Training program is committed to helping create a sustainable structure for participants in the LITE program. The fundamentals of START largely encompass the same principles of the LITE program.

To learn more about Autism Speaks or partner organizations that deal with combating unemployment in autistic adults, visit www.afaa-us.org.

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                                                            [title] => President Haas' 50-hour service challenge met with enthusiasm
                                                            [description] => Challenge began this fall and ends April 1 with 445 participants log 6667.5 hours with 117 nonprofit organizations so far.
                                                            [copy] => While Grand Valley State University celebrates its 50th anniversary, university President Thomas J. Haas has issued a challenge to all students, faculty and staff members.

The President's 50 Hour Service Challenge invites and encourages all participants to complete 50 hours of service to the community. The challenge began earlier this fall and will end on April 1. All participants who complete the full 50 hours will receive an invitation to a ceremony.

Currently, 445 students, faculty and staff members have contributed a total of 6667.5 hours logged with 117 nonprofit organizations. A graduate student currently leads the challenge with 159.5 hours logged at this point, said Olubunmi Fadase, coordinator at the GVSU Community Service Learning Center.

Services to the broader community that occur off campus are encouraged, but some on-campus activities will count toward the hours as well. The activities largely focus on addressing a community-based issue or problem, contributions to the public good and meeting the needs in the surrounding community to contribute to civic life.

Fadase said participation amongst students, faculty and staff has helped in celebrating the 50th anniversary.

"The overall goal of this challenge is to ignite a spirit of service with friendly competition amongst our campus to honor and commemorate GVSU's 50th anniversary," she said. "Faculty, staff and students have really adopted this challenge in honor of GVSU's founding and made it their own."

Activities include direct service, fundraising, philanthropy, education, awareness and advocacy and public professional service.

Haas said he is actively campaigning to draw more volunteers while participating in the challenge.

"I think there's nothing better than being able to take our talents and use them in the service of others," Haas said. "Reconnecting with our communities and showing them that Grand Valley is much more than a school, that it's a network of caring people--that's what's important."

GVSU Student Senate President Jarrett Martus agreed that being visible by taking the challenge was important in making a name for the university.

"We have been spreading the goals of the challenge by word of mouth and through publications," Martus said. "(Taking the challenge) is a good way to be recognized and to show off, as a university, what we have been doing and have accomplished."

Participants can log the 50 hours online by using the volunteer tracker system. Service-learning classes and internships can also be used toward the 50 hours, as well as hours spent training or preparing to be able to serve.

A multitude of on-campus service opportunities also can be used toward the 50 hours. Giving blood at an on-campus blood drive, philanthropy projects like Relay for Life and the Dance Marathon, where goods are directly donated to community based organizations, educating and awareness-raising events, series such as the Vagina Monologues and Rock Against Rap, and cultural or diversity exchanges like the Intercultural Fest all can contribute to the 50 hours.

CSLC matches students interested in community service with a place or event that meets their interests. The CSLC also stresses the need and importance for students and faculty to take the challenge to heart to highlight GVSU's caring attitude and the impact made around local communities.

"Service is one of GVSU's seven values around which our 2010-15 strategic plan is built," Fadase said. "Students and faculty can take pride in participating in something bigger than themselves-challenging themselves to serve 50 hours to their communities and honor the university's founding year at the same time."

The 50 hours also helps to dispel the stereotype of not being engaged within the Allendale and Grand Rapids communities, something Haas actively is working to promote.

"There are a number of beneficial activities to partake in," he said. "It's a great chance for Grand Valley students, faculty and staff members to be visible and partake in the chances to benefit our community."

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                                                            [title] => Islam on campus provides positive message
                                                            [description] => Muslim Student Association spreads true message of Islam and counters negative stereotypes.
                                                            [copy] => Though Islam is not the most-commonly practiced religion among students at Grand Valley State University, different groups on campus do their best to include the faith in everyday life.

Several Christian faith-based organizations exist on campus, such as InterVarsity, Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru), His House Christian Fellowship and Young Life. Still, many students and faculty members on campus practice Islam despite the vast influence of Christianity on campus.

The Muslim Student Association, which has more than 100 members at GVSU, actively works to spread the true message of Islam and counter negative stereotypes that exist in the media.

Sebastian Maisel, professor of Arabic and Middle East Studies and adviser to the MSA, said the organization's main goal is to follow the articles of faith, the five main pillars of Islam.

"That is what MSA is trying to accomplish here at GVSU," Maisel said. "Muslim students are engaged in many activities to enhance our society - fighting hunger and homelessness, encouraging coexistence, strengthening ties between students and the community and raising awareness about problems on campus and in our society."

The MSA also actively works to combat the negative stereotypes that conservative pundits and isolated incidents of terrorism have burdened Muslims with, such as discrimination, harassment and the threat of potential violence.

"Personally, I have seen discrimination against Muslims at airports, in public life and of course in the media and public opinion," Maisel said. "Education and outreach, collectively by the MSA and other organizations, is a way to combat that."

In facing that discrimination first-hand by always being subjected to re-checks at airports, senior Maariya Husain said she meets adversity when traveling abroad and within the United States with a positive outlook.

"I remind myself, especially at Grand Valley, that I represent Islam," Husain said. "Individuals that have never met someone of Islamic faith before meeting me will look to me as a representation. It's really hard to be in a country in which your religion is represented incorrectly, but I have to make it a goal to represent it in every positive way possible."

The daily prayer life of Muslims is busy as all adult Sunni Muslims are required to perform five prayers per day, preceded by ritual cleansing or purification of the body. The Fajr, Zohr, Asr, Maghreb and Isha are offered throughout the day at dawn, around noon, during mid-afternoon, at sunset and once the sky has darkened, respectively. The prayers must be made in the direction of the Ka'aba, which is currently in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

For Husain, who attends MSA meetings when she can and is also a resident assistant for the Niemeyer West living center, the prayer regimen is occasionally difficult for a busy college student.

"It has been difficult at times," she said. "I try to schedule my classes so that I have a break, but even that can be difficult."

Her position as a resident assistant, however, has allowed Husain to promote Islam as a peaceful religion to curious residents, something she said she has enjoyed.

"I have had a couple residents who have been curious or wanted to learn about Islam ask me about my religion," she said. "They have all been very respectful and amazing."

Islam does not have a religious hierarchy, so each individual Muslim is free to answer what Islam's true message is. Ultimately, the majority of Muslims follow the same several core principles, Maisel said.

"Love the one God, love and support your neighbor and follow the articles of faith," he said.

Mariya Chakir, a GVSU Arabic professor, said Islam's message blends prayer with beneficial and kind actions.

"Islam emphasizes on monotheism and enjoins the submission to the will of God, and it urges everyone to follow the exemplary life of Mohammad," Chakir said. "Tolerance, passion, forgiveness and respect of others are very important."

The fundamental principles of Islam and Christianity are more alike than they are different. Both religions stress a connection with one God, living positive, giving lives and being respectful toward others.

For Husain, these things have been fundamental in shaping her identity and how other students see her.

"The meaning of Islam is different to every individual that you ask, but to me, Islam guides me on how to live every aspect of my life," she said. "It teaches me how to be respectful, be giving and connect with Allah."

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                                                            [#^m/gryphon/search/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:search
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/user/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:user
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/tag/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:tag
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/author/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:author
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:blog
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/common/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:common
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:page
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/statistic/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:statistic
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/setting/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:setting
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:comment
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:gryphon
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/issuu/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => issuu:admin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/scribd-sync/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => scribd:adminSync
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/foto/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminFotobroker
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/bb2/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminBb2
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/feeds/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminFeedEater
                                                            [#^advertise/?$#] => adpilotx
                                                            [#^classified/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:main
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/eclipse/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:admin
                                                            [#^m/classified/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:main
                                                        )

                                                    [POST] => Array
                                                        (
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/weather/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminWeather
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/poll/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminPoll
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/mail/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminMailForm
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminFeed
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/qr/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminQRCode
                                                            [#^poll/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:poll
                                                            [#^feedback/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:mail
                                                            [#^feeds/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:feed
                                                            [#^dining/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:ceres
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/ceres/listing/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:listing
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/ceres/category/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:category
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/ceries/owner/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:owner
                                                            [#^calendar/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:calendar
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/google/authsub/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminAuthSub
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/google/calendar/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminCalendar
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/gdocs/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminGdocs
                                                            [#^facebook:oauth/?$#] => fboa/:action
                                                            [#^facebook:endpoint/?$#] => b8c0ca57530e28392060e9b16585017b/:action
                                                            [#^housing/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => roost:roost
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/rst/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => roost:admin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:dartAdmin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/brief/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:briefAdmin
                                                            [#^dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:dart
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/nyt/newswire/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => nyt:adminNewswire
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/app/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:adminAppFeed
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/mail/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:adminMailFeed
                                                            [#^cmn/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:main
                                                            [#^main/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:main
                                                            [#^section/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:section
                                                            [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:page
                                                            [#^blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:blog
                                                            [#^gallery/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:gallery
                                                            [#^multimedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:multimedia
                                                            [#^comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:comment
                                                            [#^media/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:media
                                                            [#^r/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:shorten
                                                            [#^recent/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:recent
                                                            [#^search/(?P.+)?/?$#] => gryphon:search
                                                            [#^staff/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:author
                                                            [#^mailaction/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:mail
                                                            [#^m/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^m/section/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:section
                                                            [#^m/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:page
                                                            [#^m/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:blog
                                                            [#^m/gallery/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:gallery
                                                            [#^m/multimedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:multimedia
                                                            [#^m/search/(?P.+)?/?$#] => gryphon:search
                                                            [#^m/staff/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:author
                                                            [#^gryphon/dashboard/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:dashboard
                                                            [#^gryphon/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:article
                                                            [#^gryphon/mmedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:media
                                                            [#^gryphon/search/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:search
                                                            [#^gryphon/user/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:user
                                                            [#^gryphon/tag/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:tag
                                                            [#^gryphon/author/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:author
                                                            [#^gryphon/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:blog
                                                            [#^gryphon/common/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:common
                                                            [#^gryphon/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:page
                                                            [#^gryphon/statistic/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:statistic
                                                            [#^gryphon/setting/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:setting
                                                            [#^gryphon/comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:comment
                                                            [#^gryphon/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:gryphon
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/dashboard/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:dashboard
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:article
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/mmedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:media
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/search/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:search
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/user/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:user
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/tag/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:tag
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/author/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:author
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:blog
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/common/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:common
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:page
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/statistic/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:statistic
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/setting/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:setting
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:comment
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:gryphon
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/issuu/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => issuu:admin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/scribd-sync/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => scribd:adminSync
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/foto/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminFotobroker
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/bb2/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminBb2
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/feeds/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminFeedEater
                                                            [#^advertise/?$#] => adpilotx
                                                            [#^classified/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:main
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/eclipse/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:admin
                                                            [#^m/classified/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:main
                                                        )

                                                    [PUT] => Array
                                                        (
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/weather/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminWeather
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/poll/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminPoll
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/mail/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminMailForm
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminFeed
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/qr/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminQRCode
                                                            [#^poll/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:poll
                                                            [#^feedback/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:mail
                                                            [#^feeds/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:feed
                                                            [#^dining/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:ceres
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/ceres/listing/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:listing
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/ceres/category/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:category
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/ceries/owner/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:owner
                                                            [#^calendar/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:calendar
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/google/authsub/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminAuthSub
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/google/calendar/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminCalendar
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/gdocs/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminGdocs
                                                            [#^facebook:oauth/?$#] => fboa/:action
                                                            [#^facebook:endpoint/?$#] => b8c0ca57530e28392060e9b16585017b/:action
                                                            [#^housing/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => roost:roost
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/rst/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => roost:admin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:dartAdmin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/brief/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:briefAdmin
                                                            [#^dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:dart
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/nyt/newswire/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => nyt:adminNewswire
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/app/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:adminAppFeed
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/mail/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:adminMailFeed
                                                            [#^cmn/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:main
                                                            [#^main/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:main
                                                            [#^section/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:section
                                                            [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:page
                                                            [#^blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:blog
                                                            [#^gallery/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:gallery
                                                            [#^multimedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:multimedia
                                                            [#^comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:comment
                                                            [#^media/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:media
                                                            [#^r/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:shorten
                                                            [#^recent/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:recent
                                                            [#^search/(?P.+)?/?$#] => gryphon:search
                                                            [#^staff/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:author
                                                            [#^mailaction/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:mail
                                                            [#^m/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^m/section/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:section
                                                            [#^m/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:page
                                                            [#^m/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:blog
                                                            [#^m/gallery/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:gallery
                                                            [#^m/multimedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:multimedia
                                                            [#^m/search/(?P.+)?/?$#] => gryphon:search
                                                            [#^m/staff/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:author
                                                            [#^gryphon/dashboard/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:dashboard
                                                            [#^gryphon/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:article
                                                            [#^gryphon/mmedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:media
                                                            [#^gryphon/search/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:search
                                                            [#^gryphon/user/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:user
                                                            [#^gryphon/tag/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:tag
                                                            [#^gryphon/author/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:author
                                                            [#^gryphon/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:blog
                                                            [#^gryphon/common/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:common
                                                            [#^gryphon/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:page
                                                            [#^gryphon/statistic/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:statistic
                                                            [#^gryphon/setting/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:setting
                                                            [#^gryphon/comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:comment
                                                            [#^gryphon/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:gryphon
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/dashboard/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:dashboard
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:article
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/mmedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:media
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/search/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:search
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/user/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:user
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/tag/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:tag
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/author/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:author
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:blog
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/common/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:common
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:page
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/statistic/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:statistic
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/setting/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:setting
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:comment
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:gryphon
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/issuu/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => issuu:admin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/scribd-sync/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => scribd:adminSync
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/foto/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminFotobroker
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/bb2/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminBb2
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/feeds/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminFeedEater
                                                            [#^advertise/?$#] => adpilotx
                                                            [#^classified/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:main
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/eclipse/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:admin
                                                            [#^m/classified/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:main
                                                        )

                                                    [DELETE] => Array
                                                        (
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/weather/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminWeather
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/poll/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminPoll
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/mail/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminMailForm
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminFeed
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/qr/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminQRCode
                                                            [#^poll/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:poll
                                                            [#^feedback/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:mail
                                                            [#^feeds/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:feed
                                                            [#^dining/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:ceres
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/ceres/listing/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:listing
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/ceres/category/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:category
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/ceries/owner/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:owner
                                                            [#^calendar/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:calendar
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/google/authsub/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminAuthSub
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/google/calendar/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminCalendar
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/gdocs/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminGdocs
                                                            [#^facebook:oauth/?$#] => fboa/:action
                                                            [#^facebook:endpoint/?$#] => b8c0ca57530e28392060e9b16585017b/:action
                                                            [#^housing/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => roost:roost
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/rst/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => roost:admin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:dartAdmin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/brief/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:briefAdmin
                                                            [#^dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:dart
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/nyt/newswire/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => nyt:adminNewswire
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/app/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:adminAppFeed
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/mail/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:adminMailFeed
                                                            [#^cmn/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:main
                                                            [#^main/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:main
                                                            [#^section/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:section
                                                            [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:page
                                                            [#^blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:blog
                                                            [#^gallery/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:gallery
                                                            [#^multimedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:multimedia
                                                            [#^comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:comment
                                                            [#^media/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:media
                                                            [#^r/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:shorten
                                                            [#^recent/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:recent
                                                            [#^search/(?P.+)?/?$#] => gryphon:search
                                                            [#^staff/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:author
                                                            [#^mailaction/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:mail
                                                            [#^m/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                            [#^m/section/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:section
                                                            [#^m/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:page
                                                            [#^m/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:blog
                                                            [#^m/gallery/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:gallery
                                                            [#^m/multimedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:multimedia
                                                            [#^m/search/(?P.+)?/?$#] => gryphon:search
                                                            [#^m/staff/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:author
                                                            [#^gryphon/dashboard/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:dashboard
                                                            [#^gryphon/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:article
                                                            [#^gryphon/mmedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:media
                                                            [#^gryphon/search/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:search
                                                            [#^gryphon/user/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:user
                                                            [#^gryphon/tag/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:tag
                                                            [#^gryphon/author/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:author
                                                            [#^gryphon/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:blog
                                                            [#^gryphon/common/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:common
                                                            [#^gryphon/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:page
                                                            [#^gryphon/statistic/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:statistic
                                                            [#^gryphon/setting/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:setting
                                                            [#^gryphon/comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:comment
                                                            [#^gryphon/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:gryphon
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/dashboard/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:dashboard
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:article
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/mmedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:media
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/search/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:search
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/user/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:user
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/tag/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:tag
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/author/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:author
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:blog
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/common/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:common
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:page
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/statistic/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:statistic
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/setting/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:setting
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:comment
                                                            [#^m/gryphon/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => admin:gryphon
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/issuu/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => issuu:admin
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/scribd-sync/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => scribd:adminSync
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/foto/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminFotobroker
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/bb2/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminBb2
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/feeds/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dsw:adminFeedEater
                                                            [#^advertise/?$#] => adpilotx
                                                            [#^classified/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:main
                                                            [#^gryphon/plugin/eclipse/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:admin
                                                            [#^m/classified/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => eclipse:main
                                                        )

                                                )

                                            [orig_routes:foundry\request\route:private] => Array
                                                (
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/weather/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/tsn/weather/<:action>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/poll/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/tsn/poll/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/mail/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/tsn/mail/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/tsn/feed/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/qr/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/tsn/qr/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^poll/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => poll/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^feedback/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => feedback/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^feeds/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => feeds/<:slug>?
                                                    [#^dining/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dining/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/ceres/listing/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/ceres/listing/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/ceres/category/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/ceres/category/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/ceries/owner/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/ceries/owner/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^calendar/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => calendar/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/google/authsub/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/google/authsub/<:service>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/google/calendar/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/google/calendar/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/gdocs/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/gdocs/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^facebook:oauth/?$#] => facebook:oauth
                                                    [#^facebook:endpoint/?$#] => facebook:endpoint
                                                    [#^housing/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => housing/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/rst/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/rst/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/dart/feed/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/brief/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/brief/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => dart/feed/<:slug>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/nyt/newswire/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/nyt/newswire/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/app/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/cmn/app/<:action>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/mail/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/cmn/mail/<:action>?
                                                    [#^cmn/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn/<:action>?
                                                    [#^main/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => main/<:page>?
                                                    [#^section/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => section/<:slug>/?<:tag>?
                                                    [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => article/<:action>/<:hash>
                                                    [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => article/<:year>/<:month>/<:slug>
                                                    [#^page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => page/<:slug>/?<:sub>?
                                                    [#^blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => blog/<:slug>?/?<:year>?/?<:month>?/?<:post>?
                                                    [#^gallery/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gallery/<:slug>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^multimedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => multimedia/<:slug>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => comment/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^media/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => media/<:id>
                                                    [#^r/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => r/<:hash>
                                                    [#^recent/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => recent/<:action>?
                                                    [#^search/(?P.+)?/?$#] => search/<*any>?
                                                    [#^staff/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => staff/<:slug>?
                                                    [#^mailaction/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => mailaction/<:action>?
                                                    [#^m/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => m/article/<:year>/<:month>/<:slug>
                                                    [#^m/section/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/section/<:slug>/?<:tag>?
                                                    [#^m/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => m/page/<:slug>
                                                    [#^m/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/blog/<:slug>?/?<:year>?/?<:month>?/?<:post>?
                                                    [#^m/gallery/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gallery/<:slug>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^m/multimedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/multimedia/<:slug>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^m/search/(?P.+)?/?$#] => m/search/<*any>?
                                                    [#^m/staff/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/staff/<:slug>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/dashboard/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/dashboard/<:action>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/article/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/mmedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/mmedia/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/search/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/search/<:action>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/user/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/user/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/tag/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/tag/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/author/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/author/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/blog/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/common/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/common/<:action>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/page/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/statistic/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/statistic/<:action>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/setting/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/setting/<:setting>?/?<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/comment/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/<:action>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/dashboard/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/dashboard/<:action>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/article/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/mmedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/mmedia/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/search/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/search/<:action>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/user/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/user/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/tag/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/tag/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/author/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/author/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/blog/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/common/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/common/<:action>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/page/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/statistic/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/statistic/<:action>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/setting/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/setting/<:setting>?/?<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/comment/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^m/gryphon/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/gryphon/<:action>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/issuu/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/issuu/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/scribd-sync/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/scribd-sync/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/foto/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/dsw/foto/<:action>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/bb2/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/dsw/bb2/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/dsw/feeds/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/dsw/feeds/<:action>?/?<:id>?
                                                    [#^advertise/?$#] => advertise
                                                    [#^classified/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => classified/<:item>?
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/eclipse/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon/plugin/eclipse/<:action>?/?<:uid>?
                                                    [#^m/classified/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => m/classified/<:item>?
                                                )

                                            [orig_action:foundry\request\route:private] => Array
                                                (
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/weather/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminWeather
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/poll/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminPoll
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/mail/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminMailForm
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminFeed
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/tsn/qr/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:adminQRCode
                                                    [#^poll/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:poll
                                                    [#^feedback/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:mail
                                                    [#^feeds/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => tsn:feed
                                                    [#^dining/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:ceres
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/ceres/listing/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:listing
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/ceres/category/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:category
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/ceries/owner/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => ceres:owner
                                                    [#^calendar/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:calendar
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/google/authsub/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminAuthSub
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/google/calendar/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminCalendar
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/gdocs/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => google:adminGdocs
                                                    [#^facebook:oauth/?$#] => fboa/:action
                                                    [#^facebook:endpoint/?$#] => b8c0ca57530e28392060e9b16585017b/:action
                                                    [#^housing/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => roost:roost
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/rst/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => roost:admin
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:dartAdmin
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/brief/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:briefAdmin
                                                    [#^dart/feed/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => snworks:dart
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/nyt/newswire/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => nyt:adminNewswire
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/app/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:adminAppFeed
                                                    [#^gryphon/plugin/cmn/mail/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:adminMailFeed
                                                    [#^cmn/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => cmn:main
                                                    [#^main/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:main
                                                    [#^section/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:section
                                                    [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                    [#^article/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:article
                                                    [#^page/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:page
                                                    [#^blog/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:blog
                                                    [#^gallery/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:gallery
                                                    [#^multimedia/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:multimedia
                                                    [#^comment/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:comment
                                                    [#^media/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:media
                                                    [#^r/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)/?$#] => gryphon:shorten
                                                    [#^recent/(?P[A-Za-z0-9\-\_\.\+\%]+)?/?$#] => gryphon:recent
                                                    [#^search/(?P.+)?/?$#] => gryphon:search
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                                                            [title] => University axes entrepeneurship minor
                                                            [description] => The Seidman College of Business eliminated GVSU's entrepreneurship minor just before registration.

                                                            [copy] => After consistently failing to fill classrooms, the Seidman College of Business elected in a controversial decision to drop entrepreneurship as a minor days before students registered for classes.


On March 22, at 4:52 p.m., the announcement that the entrepreneurship minor would be axed at the end of the semester was delivered to the entrepreneurship students' e-mails, giving them only half a day to figure out their options. Registration for 2010-11 classes was the next day.


Seidman College of Business Dean H. James Williams had met with members of the Grand Valley Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization (CEO) on Feb. 23 to discuss changes to the program and receive student feedback. Jaclyn Boroff, vice president of events for CEO, attended the meeting.


"There were talks about potentially changing the classes within the minor, but no one knew about completely getting rid of it," Boroff said. "A lot of students were hurt when it happened because they were not told with a lot of time. It just ended."


Citing a general lack of support for the program since its inception five and a half years ago, Williams defended his decision to eliminate the final four courses that would complete the minor.


"We decided not to offer the final four courses that comprise the minor because students were simply not enrolling in those courses," he said.  "Over the five-and-one-half years, these courses enrolled, on average, six students, when the minimum required number is generally 15.  The Seidman College of Business cannot continue to offer courses enrolling these limited numbers."


The timing of the drop still proved to be an inconvenience to many students enrolled in the program. While students with existing entrepreneurship minors can still complete the program by taking the substitute business courses offered, some students were not thrilled with this proposition.


"It's a whole different atmosphere," explained senior Michelle Mitus. "A lot of people want to take classes for their minor. Business classes are not what entrepreneurship students want to fill the void."


The Seidman College of Business will continue to offer the basic entrepreneurship classes, ENT 150 and 151, as well as courses in small business management and the writing of business plans. 


Williams and his colleagues will also offer a survey toward the end of this semester in order to ascertain feedback on interest in a new series of entrepreneurship programs.


"The data suggests strongly that the existing version of the minor does not work," Williams said. "We are simply going back to the proverbial 'drawing board'. We plan to continue to meet the needs of the Grand Valley student population."


While GVSU has now closed its entrepreneurship minor, Central Michigan University has just created its own. However, Williams remains confident in GVSU's approach.


"I remain convinced that Grand Valley is absolutely the most student-centered, quality-focused institution of higher education in the state of Michigan," he said.


In the meantime, CEO encouraged students affected by the drop to be patient and wait for the reforms in the fall. They also advocated participation in the survey. 


"We're making sure that students know we're willing to help them even though some classes are no longer available," Boroff said. "We'll find people who can teach them what they want to know."


dwolff@lanthorn.com




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                                                            [title] => University considers adding two new majors
                                                            [description] => Grand Valley State University is set to add two new education majors for the fall of 2010, pending the approval of the Board of Trustees.

                                                            [copy] => Grand Valley State University is set to add two new education majors for the fall of 2010, pending the approval of the Board of Trustees.

A new comprehensive science and arts for teaching major, as well as a special education certification major are in the works for next fall semester.  In the winter of 2008, Michigan legislature proposed statewide changes for special education teaching, which need to be effective by 2012. These new majors would represent GVSU's transition plan for implementing these policies.

Both majors are up for approval in July. The majority of courses for each already exist, with the exception of a proposed SAT 495 Science and Arts for Elementary Classrooms capstone class.

The faculty is confident the majors will draw enough interest from existing and new students. GVSU's new special education major will be the only dual-endorsement program within the state. This will enable students to have the credentials to teach both regular education and special education when they graduate, making them invaluable for the education market.

Special education professor Barbara Lubic has spent 25 years within the field of special education and understands the value of GVSU's new program.

"It's a nice, comprehensive new major," Lubic said. "It will offer students a little bit of everything; they'll be able to teach math, English, science and history, and that will give them a strong foundation."

From the administration side, both majors have the potential to be successful and attract both new and existing students. President Thomas Haas exuberated confidence when discussing the importance of interest in continuing special education, particularly among the new students who will join the ranks next fall.

"It's an important major for education students," Haas said. "I think incoming freshmen who think of special education as their 'calling' will really see this as a great opportunity."

The faculty within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has worked hard to push the new majors into prominent positions since meeting a few months ago to discuss the reforms needed. Professor David Coffey helped move the comprehensive science and arts major through GVSU's governance process and cited CLAS associate dean Jann Joseph's efforts to create the capstone for the course.

"We are hopeful about (CSAT's) chances and are in the process of gearing up for this coming fall 2010," Coffey said.

Haas cited the faculty's drive to this current point and efforts to make the new majors work.

"I'm very pleased with what the faculty has created," he said. "The Academic Affairs Committee is excited about it as well, since it shows our adaptability and flexibility in adjusting to meet the changes for education in Michigan."

Both of the new majors are expected to offer students interested in education a comprehensive, contemporary approach to teaching and provide the tools for an excellent r?©sum?© upon graduation. Administrators believe the dual-enrollment policy especially should attract students with a passion for special education to broaden their horizons.

While the prospects for the new majors remain hopeful, the ultimate decision on their fates will be decided in July. If they are passed, classes will be available on GVSU's MyBanner in August.

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => Student Project Day showcases robots, iApps
                                                            [description] => Grand Valley State University's Padnos College Engineering and Computing will host the third annual winter semester edition of Student Project Day on Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon.

                                                            [copy] => Grand Valley State University's Padnos College Engineering and Computing will host the third annual winter semester edition of Student Project Day on Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon.

Projects will be spread out among the five floors within the Kennedy Hall of Engineering and Keller Laboratories on the Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids. The event is open to the public, while local middle and high school student classes will also attend to learn about future technological advancements. 

The competition will feature around 20 projects from 50 students, with some individual presenters and some teams. A two-fold judiciary process occurs, as the faculty chooses a top project based on technicality and the public chooses another winner based on popular demand, appropriately dubbed the "People's Choice Award."

The event has been a success with the public in the past. Seymour and Esther Padnos College Outreach Coordinator Sara Maas cited the learning experience for younger students as a crucial reason for the events successes.

"It has been very well received in the past, and it is nice for parents and younger students to be able to talk with the Grand Valley students," she said. "It is a great atmosphere for younger students if they want to go into the computing or engineering fields."

Paul Plotkowski, dean of the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, agreed with Maas that Student Project Day is beneficial for both Grand Valley State University students participating in the event and the general public.

"Student Project Day is a great opportunity for students to display the fine work they do and the great hands-on experience of our programs," he said. "It also gives our students more experience making public presentations, and really honing their presentation skills."

Previous projects have yielded robots that could play air hockey, mobile applications for iPhone, medical devices for sectioning organs, animal research tools and specially-designed wheelchairs. Last year's faculty awarded winners designed a robot for Robowaiter, a program which builds robots to help the disabled.

This year's team behind the Robowaiter robot consists of GVSU sophomore Jake Hall, Kyler Kamysek, Josh Friend, Kathy Drouillard and Travis Thran. The team is coming fresh off of a first place win at the 2010 National Fire Fighting Home Robot Contest at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

The contest challenged students to create robots that could help people with disabilities by implementing new devices, such as enhanced vision systems and height adjustment mechanisms. Hall said this year's model robot featured these improvements, as well as new improvements for lifting and grabbing. He cited GVSU's engineering program as a crucial reason for his group's successes.

"We feel like we've gained a whole round of experience, using the multiple array of skills and resources we've gained at Grand Valley to be successful," Hall said. "Student Project Day provides a hands-on experience for Grand Valley students. It's helping us get our names out there, far beyond students at the University of Michigan or Michigan State University."

All of the projects featured on Thursday will be an important and exciting look into the future of technology. The different angles of the public and the faculty in grading the projects will give invaluable feedback to the students, Maas said.

"It is great for the Grand Valley students to work on presenting their projects on different levels by applying the cool factor for younger students while explaining the technical advantages to faculty and parents," Maas said.

Admission to explore the ideas and devices of tomorrow is free.

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => El Capitan operetta headlines September round of 50th Anniversary Events
                                                            [description] => Grand Valley State University will kick off its 50th Anniversary celebration on Monday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. with John Phillip Sousa's El Capitan.

                                                            [copy] => Grand Valley State University will kick off its 50th Anniversary celebration on Monday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. with John Phillip Sousa's El Capitan.

The unique concert, which will be held in the Performing Arts Center, will be the first installment in an exciting Fall Arts Celebration 2010 that will highlight events on campus and in downtown Grand Rapids for the celebration the university's 50th anniversary year.

Professor Barry Martin will do the honors of conducting what is considered a gem of compositional verve and excellence. The operetta will also include a music faculty/student orchestra. Visiting professor Ben Cole will narrate the operetta of the "March King".

El Capitan itself is a humorous and silly story of mistaken identity. The lead character, Don Enrico Medigua, is the viceroy of Spanish-occupied Peru who secretly has a rebel leader killed only to assume his enemy's identity to win over the rebel soldiers.

El Capitan is just the first of the many events that will occur around campus or in downtown Grand Rapids this year for GVSU students, faculty and alumni to celebrate. Teri Losey, the Chair for the 50th Anniversary Comitee, stressed the value of attending the events.

"I think that it would be a great opportunity for students to get to know some of Grand Valley's rich and unique history," she said. "Going to the events and checking out the website for more information is a great way for students to get involved."

Following El Capitan through the Fall Arts Celebration, the School of Communications will present an Art Gallery Exhibition in the Art Gallery of the Performing Arts Center on the Allendale Campus. The gallery's opening reception on Sept. 15 will showcase 75 new works of art by 28 current faculty members in the Department of Art and Design and the School of Communication. A wide range of artwork will be included, such as animation, installation, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, video and works on paper.

GVSU President Thomas Haas was adamant in an interview for WGVU television on Aug. 27 that the 50th anniversary events were celebratory for both the students and faculty.

"It's all about the students," Haas said. "But we're also celebrating this 50th anniversary because of the public-private partnerships that continue to nurture this university."

Next in line with the anniversary celebrations is the 2010 Battle of the Valley's, which will include a Pedometer Challenge this year. Not only will GVSU students, faculty and staff be battling their Saginaw Valley State University counterparts, but also GVSU's own internal departments will compete against each other as well.

Registration for the competition begins on Sept. 1 with a captain and three additional teammates needed to fill a team roster. The captain can then chose whether his or her team wants to be in Level 1 or Level 2, the latter of which being more strenuous and time consuming physical activity. Beginning on Sept. 1 after registration, captains can visit the web tracker at healthandwellness@gvsu.edu and pick up free pedometers, one for each member of the team, at Lake Michigan Hall in Room 140 at no charge.

The first 125 teams to register will receive a free Battle of the Valley's 50 years in 50 days 50th anniversary t-shirt. The top 25 teams overall will receive a drawstring gym bag. The competition itself will begin on Sept. 22 and runs through Nov. 10.

Rounding out the September celebratory events will be a special campus lecture by distinguished academic lecturer Dr. Jill Ker Conway. She will present "The Next 50 Years in the World" where she will share the insight, experience and wisdom she gained from current and past leadership roles at Nike, Colgate-Palmolive, Merrill Lynch & Co. and the Lend Lease Corporation. She is also a best selling author of several books, including The Road from Coorain and A Woman's Education.

The lecture and a Q&A section will begin at 7 pm on the second floor of the Eberard Center on GVSU's Pew Campus in Grand Rapids. A book signing and reception will begin at 8 p.m.

President Haas' full interview with WGVU telivision can be viewed at www.wgvu.org.

Admission for El Capitan operetta is free after requesting a ticket online or calling the Grand Valley box office at (616) 331-2300.

dwolff@mail.lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => Coach's close-up: Jerry Baltes
                                                            [description] => Jerry Baltes has an outstanding track record - pun intended.

                                                            [copy] => Jerry Baltes has an outstanding track record - pun intended.

Baltes is entering his 12th season as Grand Valley State University's head cross-country and track and field coach for both the men's and women's teams. In his tenure at GVSU, he has won 11 straight indoor and outdoor Women's Track and Field GLIAC Championships and has coached more than 270 All-Americans. The men have finished runners up to Ashland University for the last three seasons.

This year, as with every year, Baltes' goals and ambitions are sky high.

"GLIAC Conference Championships are outstanding, but winning a National Championship is high on our priority list," he said. "We've been close five times, recently finishing second in women's and fourth in men's indoor."

The confidence Baltes exuberates is reflected by both the administration and his athletes. GVSU Athletic Director Tim Selgo praised Baltes for turning around the cross-country and track teams.

"Prior to Jerry Baltes' arrival ... Grand Valley had not won a single GLIAC title in either men or women's cross-country or track and field," he said.  "Now we win most of them consistently! He has built our program into a national power, including having the best overall women's track and field/cross-country program in the country for the last two years."

Baltes accredits the majority of his success at GVSU to his supporting cast.

"I think we have a great support staff, from our administration to our faculty to our assistant coaches," he said. "I've been blessed with caring and hardworking people around me."

Baltes was also named the 2009 Division II Women's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year, an honor he again thinks he shares with his team.

"It's a great honor, but it's not my honor," he said. "Everyone who has surrounded me- the coaching staff, administrators, the student athletes and the support staff- they're the ones who've made this possible."

The current track team is comprised of between 170-180 men and women, with 80-90 of them also running on the cross-country team.    

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                                                            [title] => Academic spending remains top priority
                                                            [description] => A recent study of college costs in the July 9 issue of The New York Times revealed that a declining portion of the annual budgets of most American colleges are being spent on instruction. The report suggests an increasing amount of the average budget is being spent on administration and recreational facilities for students.

                                                            [copy] => A recent study of college costs in the July 9 issue of The New York Times revealed that a declining portion of the annual budgets of most American colleges are being spent on instruction. The report suggests an increasing amount of the average budget is being spent on administration and recreational facilities for students.

The Times reported that average tuition rose 45 percent at public universities and 36 percent at community colleges between 1998 and 2008. While tuition rose this year across the nation as well, spending on non-academic areas such as athletics has remained consistently low at GVSU. The university is set to spend close to $184 million this year on academic affairs and student services, which encompasses almost 68 percent of the allotted $272 million for the 2010-11 school year. 

However, Athletics and Fieldhouse Operations will receive close to $5.6 million this year, or 2.1 percent of the overall budget.

The overall budget for 2009-10 allotted for roughly the same low percentage; $5.4 million, or about 2.1 percent of the $255 million in total revenues was given to athletics. Tim Thimmesch, GVSU's assistant vice president of Facilities Services, explained that the allocation of funding in the facilities planning budget for athletics for the 2010-11 year helped build the new intramural turf field.

"An annual budget process in October or November decides how much we spend on facilities," he said. "Each building is different when it comes to athletics, compared to an academic (building) or a new eating center."

Jim Bachmeier, GVSU vice president of Finance and Administration, said a plant fund would largely cover the money needed to finance additions or renovations to athletic facilities.

"There are a number of non-academic buildings that are crucial to the university," he said.

Academics was given more than two-thirds of the budget that year as well, as the university dished out a little more than $175 million toward academics and student services.

The moderate increase in spending on athletics from $5.4 million to $5.6 million comes largely because of the addition of women's lacrosse as a varsity sport this year. It was previously a club sport. Tim Selgo, GVSU athletic director, said most of the money that went into the recent addition came from last year's initial increase.

While the budget has remained low for athletics during the past decade, there is a small chance that an increase could be seen within this one, largely due to renovations or expansions toward Lubbers Stadium.

"We are currently trying to develop an estimate of what an expansion and renovation of the stadium would cost," Selgo said.

The revenue the varsity sports bring into GVSU each year account for a major amount of their budget for the next one. Selgo identified GVSU's partner tier system, which includes big name brands such as Pepsi, Adidas and AT&T, as well as many local businesses as a crucial factor in generating revenue to use for the 2010-11 operating athletic budget.

"During the last fiscal year, we generated $390,000 via our partners," he said. "In combination with our ticket sales, concessions revenue and fund raising dollars, the athletic department generated $1,146,442, which is better than most D-II schools and even some D-I schools."

Despite the addition of the new south campus apartment living centers and the new dining center, The Connection, the budget was not adjusted to take away tuition dollars to pay for them. Revenue collected from meal plans and housing payments were used to fund the additions.

Bachmeier cited a major shift in on-campus housing trends during the last 15 years as key to understanding the long trends with non-academic spending.

"This campus primarily served for commuters in 1995, but we've seen significant changes over the last 15 years," he said. "Spending has slowed, enrollment is not going as quickly and inflation is up- all of which leads to slower spending growth."

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                                                            [title] => GVSU grad student leads Ride 4 Life
                                                            [description] => After biking more than 1,000 miles from Holland, Mich., to Dallas, Texas, 10 local cyclists raised almost $60,000 for local Lakeshore Pregnancy Centers.

                                                            [copy] => After biking more than 1,000 miles from Holland, Mich., to Dallas, Texas, 10 local cyclists raised almost $60,000 for local Lakeshore Pregnancy Centers.

Leading the "Ride 4 Life" cyclists, who left Holland on Aug. 28 and rode into Dallas on Wednesday, were Grand Valley State University communications graduate student Jason Craner and LPC Director Mark Congrove. 

Craner, who is now the news director for 1260 The Pledge radio station, had been urging his listeners to donate to the cause on his programs and called in to the station three to four times a day during the ride to promote and raise awareness for the centers.

With offices in Holland, Allendale, Allegan and Grand Haven, the LPC provides care and information for anyone confronting a crisis or an unplanned pregnancy. The other cyclists who participated in the Ride 4 Life all had connections to the LPC, either as a patient, volunteer or employee. 

Debby Congrove, Karen Cutshall, Carolyn Doyle, Betty Geurink, Sherry Hoppen, Cliff Lynema, Barb Meekof and Don Wickstra joined Craner and Congrove on the second-annual Ride 4 Life through the LPC.

Despite training for several weeks before the ride, Craner and his fellow cyclists were physically drained after the 11-day ride. They used a very small portion of the fundraising money to stay in low-rate Super 8 Motels along the way while eating and drinking minimally and getting six hours of sleep per night. For Craner, however, completing the ride was more than enough to make up for minor discomforts on the way.

"Two things really drove me to do this ride: the sense of adventure and being part of something much bigger than me," he said. "Just knowing that between the 10 of us we raised nearly $60,000 -- to make that difference -- it's outrageous."

The money that Craner and his fellow cyclists raised will help pay for ultrasounds and pregnancy crises materials. Congrove reflected Craner's sense of purpose and meaning with the Ride 4 Life when discussing the benefits of the LPC before the riders departed from Holland.

"Each and every day, women all across Michigan fall victim to the pressure of abortion when it is presented as the only viable solution to the crisis surrounding an unplanned pregnancy," he said. "In this decision, not only is a life lost, but a woman's life is changed forever. Lakeshore Pregnancy Center seeks to offer hope and assistance, supporting one woman at a time with information about her pregnancy options."

Craner and his fellow riders were encouraged by the completion of their ride and had a bold message for others who might contemplate participating in the Ride 4 Life trip next year to Orlando, Fla.

"My message to anyone interested in this would be to get up and just do something," he said. "Look what we just accomplished-knowing that we've made a difference is just amazing."

For more information on the 2011 Ride 4 Life, or to see the photos from this year's trip, go to the LPC Web site at http://www.lpcenters.com/theride.

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                                                            [title] => Geology professor's 
                                                            [description] => Geology Chair and Associate Professor Virginia "Ginny" Peterson looks back on the rewarding 50 years GVSU has given her and her family.
                                                            [copy] => Since Grand Valley State University opened in 1960, Geology Chair and Associate Professor Virginia "Ginny" Peterson's family has entwined its roots deep within the university's community.

While Peterson grew up in Jenison, Mich., her father, Bill, began teaching at GVSU in 1965 as an economics professor. Her mother, Elsie, finished up a degree as an English major in the 70s, and shortly after "Ginny" and her brother, Chuck, joined GVSU's ranks as undergraduate students.

After pursuing possible majors in engineering and English, Peterson transferred to GVSU in her junior year and explored a degree in environmental science before deciding on geology as her major.

"I took a geology class and fell in love with it," Peterson said. "I spent a lot of time walking around in the ravines."

After graduating in 1980 with a B.A. in geology, Peterson worked for AMOCO Production Company in New Orleans and London before earning her masters at the University of Massachusetts in 1984. She met her husband, Jon Burr, there and went on to earn her PhD in geology there in 1992.

Peterson next taught at Western Carolina University for nine years, before a former professor mentioned that there was a faculty position open at GVSU that fit her experience.

"We were pretty happy where we were living," Peterson said. "But I had a great experience at GVSU as a student. I had family here, and it was a bigger place, so there was quite a bit of appeal."

Peterson made her return to the Grand Rapids area when she was hired by GVSU in 2003, eventually becoming chair of the geology department. Her initial love of the campus and surrounding area played a crucial role in deciding to return.

"When I was a student here, it was a small place and you knew everybody, especially within the geology department at the time," she said. "I got excited about the field, because it was a very welcoming place. It's kind of like a family--in geology you do field trips, and you connect with people, so the department itself was probably key to my experience at Grand Valley."

Walking around campus again, after a little more than 20 years, made Peterson reminisce about her undergrad days.

"I had a lot of friends who were into environmental issues. I loved the natural environment of the campus," she said. "Going back to teach here, since I'd maintained contact with the faculty, I knew there was that same, special place within the department that I really liked."

As GVSU progresses with its 50th anniversary, Peterson acknowledged the differences on campus between the past and present and said that GVSU has grown in a positive manner over the years.

"I think that Grand Valley has done a good job growing and maintaining the focus on undergraduate students," she said. "I really love working with undergrads--I think that's what the faculty is looking for when they come here."

The Peterson family tree has continued to grow along with GVSU's as her niece, Alice, graduated from the university in 2008 as a film and video major. Peterson herself has a daughter who, although currently only a junior in high school, would certainly have a place as GVSU and the Peterson family continue to grow together.

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                                                            [title] => Women's rugby downs D-I Eastern Illinois 17-5
                                                            [description] => Coach Ritchthammer: playing 'well-established' program important to team's improvement.
                                                            [copy] => The Grand Valley State University women's rugby club team defeated Eastern Illinois University 17-5 at home on Saturday, snapping the visiting Panthers' almost three-year unbeaten streak.

GVSU's victory marked the end of a 29-game winning streak for Eastern Illinois, who is widely regarded as one of the top women's rugby schools in the country. Prior to facing GVSU, they had only allowed five points total against Ball State University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame, winning 59-0, 75-5 and 59-0, respectively.

Led by All-American senior Joanna Kitlinski, the Lakers amassed another quality win against a NCAA Division I varsity opponent. Prior to beating Eastern Illinois, the Lakers defeated Central Michigan University 105-5.

Before the game, coach Bob Richthammer was excited just to be playing such a well-known, respected team.

"It's going to be an important game against a well-established program," Richthammer said. "It's going to be tough."

While not yet a full-time varsity sport, coach Richthammer was hopeful that the recent promotion of women's lacrosse to a varsity sport will help pave the way for rugby to follow suit in a few years.

"It's been a grassroots efforts since I arrived here six years ago," he said. "But we've been building a good team that I would like to see maybe three or four years down the road become a full varsity (squad)."

The university and Richthammer have already established the program to be a legitimate contender by securing top recruits away from other top NCAA Division I varsity programs, such as Penn State University, the Air Force Academy and Eastern Illinois. The recruits can receive scholarships largely funded by the coaching staff and alumni.

Richthammer cited the need to continue to play against top programs in order for the univerisity's team to improve.

"We can film the games, but you cannot simulate the speed of a game," he said. "It's very fast paced. Playing a team that will come at us and attack us gives us a good chance to work on our defense and adapt to the speed."

Richthammer also believed Saturday's game would be good for team unification and bonding, after the thumping against Central Michigan a week before.

"Some of our starters didn't play a whole lot against Central Michigan," he said. "We need some time to make sure the entire team gels, since playing together as a team is the most important thing."

Richthammer was optimistic going into Saturday's game against Eastern Illinois, but stressed that playing together as a team and gaining the valuable experience that comes with playing against top teams was key to being successful.

"Obviously, we'd like to come away with a win," he said. "But playing together as a team, and really just getting the experience from playing another established team will be good for what we're trying to accomplish."

The remainder of the regular season largely resembles the football schedule, with games played on weekends until mid-December.

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                                                            [title] => Louie the Laker invites university to 50th birthday party
                                                            [description] => Help celebrate Louie's 50th Birthday from 3 p.m to 6 p.m. today with free food and games. The Future Alumni Association and Student Senate are putting on the party and want the focus to be on students and faculty.
                                                            [copy] => The celebration for the 50th anniversary, nicknamed Louie's 50th Birthday party, will be held from 3 p.m to 6 p.m. today on the west lawn of the Kirkhof Center by Lake Zumberge. The party will commemorate the first day of classes held at GVSU, which started on Sept. 26, 1963.

Free food from Classic Fare Catering and lawn games such as hillbilly golf and corn hole bags will be available while general socializing and celebrating are encouraged.

Mindy Earley, GVSU's assistant director of Alumni Relations, said a multitude of attractive reasons should influence people, particularly new students, to come to the party.

"Students should come to enjoy free food, conversations about GVSU and the history of the university," she said. "The event has been designed to be open, informal and social while inspiring conversations about what the 50th means to everyone."

For FAA, the event not only commemorates the first day of classes but also marks the starting point of event planning. Earley said the goals of the FAA base of 75,000 alumni are to help current students and share their experience, advice and success stories.

Ultimately, Earley said, the current students that make up and embody GVSU are the main focus for the party.

"The Future Alumni Association is hoping (students) will enjoy the event and reflect on what it means to be a student during this grand year," she said. "There is much to celebrate."

Event manager Rachel Wion, a student working for the FAA, agreed that the event, while open to the public, is tailored to the current students and faculty attending GVSU.

"We're throwing the party on Monday because of the date, since we're celebrating the 50 years of Grand Valley's existence and influence," she said. "But we're also celebrating the current students. They have a part in making and continuing Grand Valley's history."

GVSU's Student Senate will also help the FAA present the party in a grand style. Members of Student Senate will encourage discussion among guests on a wide array of topics about GVSU's 50-year history.

Student Senate president Jarrett Martus stressed that learning about the past would be helpful for current students to shape the future.

"I think coming to the celebration will be important for current students who'd like to learn a little more about Grand Valley's history," he said.

In the 50 years of GVSU's rise from a small series of cluster colleges to the thriving university of 25,000 students and 75,000 alumni it is today, the celebration will mark an important milestone in GVSU's history.

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                                                            [title] => ArtPrize, homecoming events lead 50th anniversary into October
                                                            [description] => GVSU's 50th anniversary continues in October with a variety of on-campus events.
                                                            [copy] => Oct. 6: Renowned R&B singer Jason Derulo will make a stop on his first nationwide tour to play GVSU's sold-out homecoming concert at 8 p.m. in the Fieldhouse arena.

Derulo, who is relatively new to the spotlight, has made a name for himself in the past year with hits "Whatcha Say," "In My Head" and most recently "Ridin'

Solo." The singer has made clear his intent to stay at the top of the pack while on tour in a post on his website.

"I don't want to stay in the box," Derulo said. "I'm just going to try to be the best I can be. And when I get to that level, I'll figure out a way to get better."


Oct. 10: The second annual ArtPrize competition, which began on Sept. 22, will end on this day. Founder Rick Devos has already called this years contest "way bigger" than last year's, which was a key commercial success for Grand Rapids. The winner of this year's competition will take home $250,000, with $100,000 going to the second place finisher, $50,000 for third and $7,000 to each of the other artists who make up the top 10.

In an interview with Paul W. Smith of Detroit's WJR-AM 760, Devos said that last year's contest exceeded his expectations, and that he was looking to build off that success to benefit Michigan in the sophomore contest.

"The idea and the real core goal is really about creating a creative culture in West Michigan and Michigan as a whole," Devos said.

The GVSU Outdoor Art and Sculpture Exhibition Center at 301 and 401 West Fulton, as well as the lawns of the DeVos Center, Eberhard Center and Kennedy Hall of Engineering will be among the host sites for showcasing the artwork.



Oct. 1-3, 7-10: GVSU's Shakespeare Festival will present a modern day adaption of "As You Like It" by William Shakespeare in the Performing Arts Center. The setting will take characters, including Rosalind, on an escape from Manhattan into the countryside. Director and communications professor Roger Ellis said the modern-day setting will still embody the elements that have made the play successful for hundreds of years.

"We've put a modern-day spin on Shakespeare's most delightful romance, which is filled with wonderful poetry, four marriages, unbelievable clownery an magical enchantment, with down-home songs," Ellis said.

Tickets for the show are $6-$14 and are available at the GVSU Box Office from noon to 5 p.m.



Oct. 8: Homecoming Weekend will feature a 50th anniversary presidential address by GVSU President Thomas Haas, a pancake breakfast, 5K walk/run, the Shakespeare and Renaissance Festivals, a women's soccer game, women's volleyball game and a home football game against Northern Michigan University.



Oct. 18: A 50th anniversary commemorative book signing will occur in the Thornapple Room of the Kirkhof Center from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. President Emeritus Don Lubbers, former President Mark Murray and current President Thomas Haas will attend the event to personally sign the books.



Oct. 21: The October events conclude with a poetry reading by former GVSU student Bob Hicok and Great Britain's Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy on

the second floor of the Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids. The event is free and open to the public, beginning at 7 p.m.



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                                                            [title] => More than just a game
                                                            [description] => Club athletes pay to play the sports they love, do not get the privileges of scholarships or priority scheduling given to varsity teams.

                                                            [copy] => Grand Valley State University has between 1,300-1,400 club sport athletes who do not get the privileges of scholarships or priority scheduling given to their varsity counterparts. Instead, these men and women pay to play the sports they love.

There are more than 60 total organizations operating through the GVSU Student Life Sports program on a two-tier system with athletes participating at either the competitive or recreational sports level. The competitive teams travel much like the varsity squads, while the recreational teams play more for the love of the game.

For club athletes however, playing the sports they loved since they were little is becoming pretty costly, in more than one way, particularly in the competitive-sports tier. All student athletes are required to pay athletic dues before the start of competition, which go toward paying for uniforms, equipment and travel expenses.

While Student Life Sports works with all of the club sport coaches to set up a predetermined schedule, freshmen and newcomers still have to adapt and work around their classes. Most club sports teams operate with the same intensity of their varsity counterparts, practicing three or four times a week and playing on weekends.

Despite not receiving any money to play their sports, athletes and coaches alike have made the best of the situation. Sophomore women's softball player Kendall Weber said she has been fortunate with her schedule and that her coach mandates a class-first, athletics-second policy.

"I haven't found softball to interfere with my studies at all yet," Weber said. "If anything it keeps me on track by forcing me to manage my time better."

Women's rugby coach Bob Richthammer, whose club team is ranked No. 9 in the nation, said that he also believed in an education first policy.

"I certainly want our team to win, but everyone on our team knows that getting it done in the classroom is more important," he said. "The teachers have been pretty accommodating with our schedule as well."

Sophomore men's soccer player Bobby Nichols said not having priority scheduling has helped his time management skills but admitted he would not mind the extra privilege.

"I have found it pretty difficult to keep up with schoolwork," Nichols said. "It's all about time management, something I'm learning pretty quick. Priority scheduling would be a huge help though."

Despite not having priority scheduling, GVSU club athletics has largely enjoyed the same success as the varsity teams. GVSU Student Life Sports Graduate Assistant Eric Garvelink said he believes the success of the teams is large a credit to the quality and commitment of the athletes.

"The amount of students we have to draw from and their commitment to taking it seriously has helped us excel," he said. "What makes it even more admirable is that they pay to play because they love it. The unparalleled passion and drive they have for the game has made them successful at both the local and national levels."

That passion is clearly embodied in the hard working athletes like Nichols and Weber.

"I love playing soccer," Nichols said. "Being able to compete at the highest level possible just makes the experience that much better."

Weber said playing a college sport was a privilege that helped her put things into perspective.

"Being a college athlete gives me a sense of pride by making me feel like I have a bigger role at Grand Valley than just being a student," she said. "I have a responsibility to my teammates, coaches and myself. I am so thankful for the opportunity to play college softball."

For more information on joining a club sport or going to any of the many games this year, visit the club sports website at www.gvsustudentlifesports.com/.

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => GVSU women's tennis remains unbeaten
                                                            [description] => Senior captains make big impact, keep perfect streak alive during weekend; GVSU qualifies for ITA National Championships.
                                                            [copy] => Grand Valley State University's women's tennis team has remained unbeaten through 11 matches after wins over Lake Erie College and Davenport University Sunday put the team at 11-0 for the season.

Led by senior captains and doubles tandem Chelsea Johnston and Darylann Trout, the Lakers have qualified for the 2010 International Tennis Association National Championships at the doubles ladder, which will take place on Thursday and Friday.

Sunday morning's action saw the Lakers defeat Lake Erie College 9-0. The Lakers dealt visiting Davenport University the same fate in a 9-0 sweep later in the afternoon.

Freshman Niki Shipman led the way by winning both of her first singles matches, 6-0, 6-1, against Lake Erie and 7-6 (5-3), 6-1 against Davenport. Lake Erie forfeited fifth and sixth singles and third doubles due to illness and injuries.

The Lakers pushed passed Ashland University 5-4 Friday afternoon with doubles wins by Trout/Johnston, 8-3, and Niki Shipman/Lexi Rice, 8-4. Rice and Allison Fecko earned singles wins with Trout earning a crucial win in a three-set tiebreaker (6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5)) to ensure the victory and get to 8-0.

Saturday's action saw the Lakers defeat Ohio Dominican University 7-2 behind a sweep in the doubles matches and 4 wins in singles. Johnston rebounded from her first singles loss on Friday by easily taking her No. 2 singles match, 6-1, 6-3 to improve to 7-1 on the year.

The senior expressed confidence and was excited looking forward to the ITA championships.

"We're excited to go," she said. "It will be cool to play with people we're unfamiliar with, that we haven't played before."

GVSU head coach John Black said nationals will be a good way to measuring the team's strength.

"We've never been there before, so it will be a great experience for us," he said. "There are some good teams there that we've never played before, so it will really help us see where we are at in order to compete."

Johnston cited improvements in her game and said she was feeling more comfortable with her volleys and returns this season, leading to her overwhelming success in both singles and doubles.

Black singled out doubles play when speaking about the critical improvements in this year's team that have led to their success and unbeaten mark.

"All of the doubles are playing very well," he said. "They are strong and deep enough to get to at least 2-1 in almost every match. There is confidence going forward from there, knowing that we only have win three out of the six singles matches to earn the victory, and any of our six can get us there."

Black also resounded confidence in his No. 1 doubles pair of Johnston and Trout.

"First doubles is extremely tough to play," he said. "So it's a great plus knowing that we can get off to a good start with them (Johnston and Trout) and earn a point."

Johnston said part of the reason why she and Trout have been so successful is in the fact that they've been playing together for so long.

"We know each other and our tendencies so well that we are very comfortable with each other and how we play," she said. "We've known each other since freshman year."

The Lakers will square off at home against Saginaw Valley State University on Oct. 19 before heading into the GLIAC Tournament, which starts on Oct. 22.

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                                                            [title] => GVSU community offers support, resources for suicidal students
                                                            [description] => Candlelight vigil, online screening program to help self-diagnose levels of depression and QPR program for suicide prevention are all sources of support GVSU is providing in wake of recent suicides across the nation.
                                                            [copy] => In the wake of several youth suicides across the nation, Grand Valley State University has stood tall with compassion as many departments have thrown their support behind students suffering from depression. About 400 people attended the candlelight vigil on Oct. 12 at the Cook Carillon clock tower to honor and remember the lives of seven LGBT youths across the nation who had recently committed suicide.

The GVSU Counseling and Career Development Center just completed a mental health screening program last week with the survey still available online on its website. The goal was for students to self-diagnose their levels of depression. The Counseling Center also employs a program called QPR in dealing with suicide prevention and combating depression. The program helps students question, persuade and refer themselves, friends, family or other students who are contemplating suicide to find help. 

Counselor and Career Outreach Specialist Brian Bossick stressed that suicide is not a private act as the implications affect a community on a wide scale. 

"When someone commits suicide, it strongly impacts the whole community," he said. "There's a sense of sharing a common struggle, and people really seem to understand that."

The QPR system, as well as the screening tests done last week, are crucial in helping individuals deal with depression, Bossick said. When someone does attempt a suicide, the counseling center provides support using QPR.

"It's a great program that offers support," Bossick said. "We want to provide an environment that feels safe and lets the victim lead the session."

The counseling center also works with victims to build up their strengths and connect with them. Over the summer, they provide training for resident assistants in dealing with students who are suffering from depression and may experience suicidal thoughts.

Patrick Lawrence, a senior who has served for a resident assistant for two years, said he keeps a keen eye out for residents who may be afraid to admit that they are depressed.

"It is common, however, for a resident not to seek an RA's help when suffering from depression, which is why I try to interact with my residents often to know how they are doing," he said. "This sometimes includes visiting a resident who has become less involved in floor activities or keeping an open ear during conversations in case a resident mentions that their roommate seems to be struggling with something." 

Lawrence also stressed working closely with the Counseling Center.

"If a resident did come to me for help, I would recommend them to the Counseling Center and offer to walk with them to the office -- it is easier for a resident to make that initial step to seek help if someone is supporting him or her," he said. "Following up with the resident after they visit the Counseling Center is equally important."

Sophomore Matt Gauthier had suffered from depression since junior high until being proscribed with antidepressants last year.

"The best way I can describe it is that it's just a never ending feeling of sinking, a downward spiral always dragging you down deeper and deeper," he said. "It's not a fun feeling to have. It makes you feel like everything is pointless and it's near impossible to see any point of even trying."

With the help of antidepressants, Gauthier, a psychology major, continues to push forward with concentrated courage and determination. Although he is currently content to be on antidepressants, he hopes in the future to be able to see counseling and continue to get help. 

"It takes a lot of courage to do something like that since it's not easy to openly admit to someone that you have problems and you're depressed, and its even harder to go and talk with a stranger about it," he said. "I think that's what stops a lot of people from seeking help, because in society even though everyone has problems, we're supposed to be so independent and do things for ourselves and fix ourselves. So to make yourself vulnerable and go and seek help like that is a hard thing to do."

There are many helpful options for GVSU students like Gauthier suffering from depression, including programs and resources offered within living centers. 

GVSU Director of Housing Andy Beachnau also stressed helping students who are suffering from depression or who had either attempted or considered suicide in the past by referring them to the Counseling Center. 

"We take an educative or supportive role while working with the Counseling Center when we encounter a student suffering from depression or considering suicide," he said.  "We try to create a supportive environment that's accommodating for both the student and their roommate(s)."

When dealing with a victim suffering from depression who may consider attempting suicide, Police Captain Brandon DeHaan said the GVSU Police Department offers a holistic approach in helping the individual. 

"Our role as law enforcement officers is to interact with the individuals suffering from suicidal ideation and make sure they have the opportunity to speak with the Counseling Center," DeHaan said.

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, please visit the Counseling Center in the Student Services Building.

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => Media, student groups promote upcoming vote
                                                            [description] => GVTV and WGVU team up to bring awareness to the importance of students' votes in the Nov. 2 election.
                                                            [copy] => As the Michigan gubernatorial election of 2010 grows closer, social media outlets as well as student organizations around Grand Valley State University are promoting political thought and participation. 

The Nov. 2 election pitches Democratic nominee and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero against Republic nominee businessman Rick Snyder. The two will replace Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat who cannot run for a third term.

Social media outlets GVTV and WGVU, as well as the GVSU College Republicans and GVSU College Democrats, have promoted the upcoming elections and the candidates by taking to the airwaves, newspapers and television.

GVTV News Manager Amanda Stevenson said the network has recently started up a news program titled "GVTV News" that will air once a month starting in mid-November. The program will run for around 15-20 minutes and partly focus on politics. 

Recently, Stevenson and other members of GVTV went out to ask students general information questions about the upcoming elections.

"We found that many students could not name the candidates running for governor and several other races," Stevenson said. "But many (students) were more than willing to learn."  

Ken Kolbe, assistant general manager for GVSU PBS affiliate WGVU, said the network provides opportunities for students to attend or staff debates WGVU hosts with the candidates.

"WGVU provides students and all of West Michigan with radio and television programs and reports concerning the state, local and national elections and issues and the politics that drive them," Kolbe said.           

WGVU hosted primary debates for both the Republican and Democratic candidates as well as the candidates for more than a dozen state House and Senate races. All were aired on both television and radio, Kolbe said.

Student organizations around GVSU, primarily the GVSU College Republicans and GVSU College Democrats, have also been active in promoting the upcoming elections as well as political thought and participation in general.           

GVSU College Republicans President Kyle Smith said his organization has volunteered with several campaigns through the Fix Michigan Center in Grand Rapids.

GVSU College Democrats President Paul LeBlanc said his organization welcomed three Democratic candidates from races in the area to GVSU for the fall edition of their "Meet the Candidates" series.

David LaGrand, who is running for the 29th District State Senate seat, Fred Johnson, who is running for the 2nd Congressional District seat and Brandon Dillon, who is running for the 75th District State House seat, were welcomed in the series. Governor nominee Virg Bernero was also hosted by the GVSU College Democrats last April.

"Our organization will also be tabling at Kirkhof this week and AuSable next week in support of the state party's GOTV (get out the vote) effort," LeBlanc said. "Students will find facts about the Democratic Party's achievements over the past two years and information about individual candidates at our tables."

Both LeBlanc and Smith stressed political interest and being informed about politics in general as crucial for the upcoming elections.

"Being well-informed about one's representatives and current political issues allows one to make reasonable decisions about which candidates to vote for at the polls, which functions to hold politicians accountable for their actions," LeBlanc said.

Smith emphasized the same fundamental points.            

"Grand Valley students need to be informed because it is important for them to know what they may be getting themselves in to when they place their vote in November," Smith said. "Regardless of what party an individual is affiliated with, an informed decision must be made when casting a vote."

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                                                            [title] => Men's, women's rugby teams prepare for postseason
                                                            [description] => Division I women's team and Division II men's team have aspirations for National Championships.
                                                            [copy] => National Championship aspirations remain very much alive for both rugby clubs at the start of November.

The Division I women's team (6-1) will play the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the quarterfinal round of the Midwest Playoffs in Allendale at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Lakers are coming off a 45-5 home rout of previously unbeaten Indiana University on Oct. 30.

The Division II men's team advanced to the Final Four in the Midwest Regional Playoffs after winning both of its matches in Pittsburgh during the weekend. The Lakers defeated top-seeded Indiana University-Pennsylvania 13-12 after being down 12-0, and then they downed West Virginia University 37-24.

The men will look to avenge a 16-14 loss suffered earlier this season when they play in a rematch against rival Michigan State University in the regional semifinal on Nov. 13 at Indiana University. A win over the Spartans would see the Lakers play the winner of the other semifinal between the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and St. Johns University-Minnesota and assure the team a spot in the spring's National Final 16 Tournament.

Men's rugby head coach John Mullett highlighted the crucial need for a quick offensive start in beating MSU this time around.

"Last time, we dug ourselves a hole early on and were down 13-0 after the first half," he said. "This time around, we'll look to spread the field defensively, tackle with support, transition well between defense and offense and get guys to the middle of play in order to win."

The rivalry game with MSU, which dealt the Lakers their only loss of the season, should yield a heated matchup with the winner guaranteed a spot in the National Final 16 Tournament.

Senior Tom Albers stressed controlling the ball better and dictating the game style to match Grand Valley State University's style of play as crucial in order to beat MSU.

"Everyone is excited for the opportunity to play (Michigan) State again," he said. "It will come down to us exploiting and capitalizing on our opportunities."

Mullett cited excellent senior leadership and the facilities GVSU has provided the team as part of its success this season, qualities that women's rugby coach Bob Richthammer also holds dear.

GVSU's women's rugby team has enjoyed a season with wins over top-ranked programs in Eastern Illinois University, Ohio State University and Indiana.

Richthammer attributed some of the success of this season to the new turf field that he said gives GVSU a "huge home-field advantage," particularly against clubs familiar with playing on grass pitches, such as Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

"The turf field has really helped us develop into an open-field speed team," Richthammer said. "(Wisconsin-Milwaukee) is a very physical team and will try to control the tempo and game-flow. The key will be making them play at our speed and pace."

Assistant Coach Abe Cohen said the home-field advantage will be crucial in winning Saturday's match.

"One of our goals going into the season was to host a playoff game, so we feel that we've earned it, deserved it," he said. "It's not going to change our mindset, but the players will feel more comfortable playing in front of their fans, friends and family."

The senior leadership has also been a constant source of inspiration throughout the season. Senior captain and All-American forward Joanna Kitlinski said she is confident going into Saturday's game.

"We've been working really well on defense and focusing on not letting up," she said. "We're playing really well as a team and need to focus on not being nervous."

A victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee would most likely see GVSU facing Northern Iowa University, who took the Lakers out of the 2008 playoffs with a double-overtime win en route to winning a National Championship.

A successful mix of talented seniors and highly-touted new recruits has made this year's team special, Richthammer said.

"Some players came back this year solely to compete for a National Championship," he said.

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => Professor travels overseas before returning home to teach at GV
                                                            [description] => Thomas Walker returns to Grand Rapids after most recently teaching at Dartmouth.
                                                            [copy] => Though the 2010-11 school year is his first at Grand Valley State University, international relations professor Thomas Walker is anything but inexperienced.

Walker, who lived in Grand Rapids until he was 12, has returned home after most recently teaching at Dartmouth College. His own education brought him around the country and overseas. He earned a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Michigan, his master's in international relations from Kent University in Canterbury, England and his doctorate in political science from Rutgers University.

Unable to resist the allure of coming back home, Walker said his first tour on a visit to GVSU was enough to persuade him to apply for the job.

"I was really impressed when I came here with the quality of the students," Walker said. "They put me in a room with undergrads, which I was impressed with. Normally, you meet with all the faculty members and you may meet with some graduate students, so meeting with the undergrads showed me Grand Valley really values education."

Walker's time in England allowed him to analyze the differences between the education systems of the U.S. and abroad. 

Walker implemented some of the ideas he learned at Kent into his own teaching policy. He draws more from history than current events for his international relations classes but focuses on students understanding the crucial concepts of the field. 

Walker stressed the need of international relations courses for a balanced education.

"As the world becomes more globalized and more complicated, you need tools to understand that," he said. "I couldn't imagine a good liberal arts education without some international relations classes."

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                                                            [title] => LITE program at GV gives adults with autism real work experience
                                                            [description] => Learning Independence Through Experience program has 20 participants this year working in on-campus jobs.
                                                            [copy] => In collaboration with Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Grand Valley State University is continuing a partnership that helps adults with autism gain work experience.

The Learning Independence Through Experience program began in 2008 to give adults with autism aged 18-26 work experiences with several jobs on campus. The program aimed to improve their independence and self-sufficiency in a workplace environment.

This year, 20 LITE participants work on campus in the University Bookstore, Campus Dining, library, Fieldhouse and other departments. The participants work about 10 hours per week.

Anthony Centrille, LITE program coordinator with Goodwill Industries, said working closely with GVSU has benefited the program's participants.

"Our partnership with GVSU has broadened the scope of the LITE program and increased the opportunities for our participants who are on the autism spectrum," Centrille said.

Working at a university also gives LITE program participants the ability to experience college life while gaining social skills and valuable work experience. 

The program initially coupled with Michigan Rehabilitation Services during the pilot period, during which time participants worked in living centers and among the custodial staffs.

Recent studies done by Autism Speaks show that about 90 percent of adults with autism are unemployed.

The Disability Resource Directory asserts and reaffirms Centrille's statement that any real-world work experience is extremely beneficial for autistic adults.

The majority of adults aged 19-30 with autism live at home with their parents and need constant care. The ability of an autistic adult to manage a job and home and to take care of financial obligations comes from education and training, skills the LITE program continues to provide by matching participants with job opportunities at GVSU.

The program largely benefits everyone involved. The participants are not the only ones who gain memorable and valuable experiences.

Sharelle Arnold, director of the Children's Enrichment Center, said LITE participant Marlen Villarreal has made a positive impact while working at the center.

"The children are especially fond of her and have come to think of her as an integral part of their classroom experience," Arnold said.

Many autistic adults can function as contributing members of society when exposed to programs such as LITE, as social responses, accepted behavior and long-term memory gains have been well documented.

GVSU's Statewide Autism Resourses and Training program is committed to helping create a sustainable structure for participants in the LITE program. The fundamentals of START largely encompass the same principles of the LITE program.

To learn more about Autism Speaks or partner organizations that deal with combating unemployment in autistic adults, visit www.afaa-us.org.

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                                                            [title] => President Haas' 50-hour service challenge met with enthusiasm
                                                            [description] => Challenge began this fall and ends April 1 with 445 participants log 6667.5 hours with 117 nonprofit organizations so far.
                                                            [copy] => While Grand Valley State University celebrates its 50th anniversary, university President Thomas J. Haas has issued a challenge to all students, faculty and staff members.

The President's 50 Hour Service Challenge invites and encourages all participants to complete 50 hours of service to the community. The challenge began earlier this fall and will end on April 1. All participants who complete the full 50 hours will receive an invitation to a ceremony.

Currently, 445 students, faculty and staff members have contributed a total of 6667.5 hours logged with 117 nonprofit organizations. A graduate student currently leads the challenge with 159.5 hours logged at this point, said Olubunmi Fadase, coordinator at the GVSU Community Service Learning Center.

Services to the broader community that occur off campus are encouraged, but some on-campus activities will count toward the hours as well. The activities largely focus on addressing a community-based issue or problem, contributions to the public good and meeting the needs in the surrounding community to contribute to civic life.

Fadase said participation amongst students, faculty and staff has helped in celebrating the 50th anniversary.

"The overall goal of this challenge is to ignite a spirit of service with friendly competition amongst our campus to honor and commemorate GVSU's 50th anniversary," she said. "Faculty, staff and students have really adopted this challenge in honor of GVSU's founding and made it their own."

Activities include direct service, fundraising, philanthropy, education, awareness and advocacy and public professional service.

Haas said he is actively campaigning to draw more volunteers while participating in the challenge.

"I think there's nothing better than being able to take our talents and use them in the service of others," Haas said. "Reconnecting with our communities and showing them that Grand Valley is much more than a school, that it's a network of caring people--that's what's important."

GVSU Student Senate President Jarrett Martus agreed that being visible by taking the challenge was important in making a name for the university.

"We have been spreading the goals of the challenge by word of mouth and through publications," Martus said. "(Taking the challenge) is a good way to be recognized and to show off, as a university, what we have been doing and have accomplished."

Participants can log the 50 hours online by using the volunteer tracker system. Service-learning classes and internships can also be used toward the 50 hours, as well as hours spent training or preparing to be able to serve.

A multitude of on-campus service opportunities also can be used toward the 50 hours. Giving blood at an on-campus blood drive, philanthropy projects like Relay for Life and the Dance Marathon, where goods are directly donated to community based organizations, educating and awareness-raising events, series such as the Vagina Monologues and Rock Against Rap, and cultural or diversity exchanges like the Intercultural Fest all can contribute to the 50 hours.

CSLC matches students interested in community service with a place or event that meets their interests. The CSLC also stresses the need and importance for students and faculty to take the challenge to heart to highlight GVSU's caring attitude and the impact made around local communities.

"Service is one of GVSU's seven values around which our 2010-15 strategic plan is built," Fadase said. "Students and faculty can take pride in participating in something bigger than themselves-challenging themselves to serve 50 hours to their communities and honor the university's founding year at the same time."

The 50 hours also helps to dispel the stereotype of not being engaged within the Allendale and Grand Rapids communities, something Haas actively is working to promote.

"There are a number of beneficial activities to partake in," he said. "It's a great chance for Grand Valley students, faculty and staff members to be visible and partake in the chances to benefit our community."

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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                                                            [title] => Islam on campus provides positive message
                                                            [description] => Muslim Student Association spreads true message of Islam and counters negative stereotypes.
                                                            [copy] => Though Islam is not the most-commonly practiced religion among students at Grand Valley State University, different groups on campus do their best to include the faith in everyday life.

Several Christian faith-based organizations exist on campus, such as InterVarsity, Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru), His House Christian Fellowship and Young Life. Still, many students and faculty members on campus practice Islam despite the vast influence of Christianity on campus.

The Muslim Student Association, which has more than 100 members at GVSU, actively works to spread the true message of Islam and counter negative stereotypes that exist in the media.

Sebastian Maisel, professor of Arabic and Middle East Studies and adviser to the MSA, said the organization's main goal is to follow the articles of faith, the five main pillars of Islam.

"That is what MSA is trying to accomplish here at GVSU," Maisel said. "Muslim students are engaged in many activities to enhance our society - fighting hunger and homelessness, encouraging coexistence, strengthening ties between students and the community and raising awareness about problems on campus and in our society."

The MSA also actively works to combat the negative stereotypes that conservative pundits and isolated incidents of terrorism have burdened Muslims with, such as discrimination, harassment and the threat of potential violence.

"Personally, I have seen discrimination against Muslims at airports, in public life and of course in the media and public opinion," Maisel said. "Education and outreach, collectively by the MSA and other organizations, is a way to combat that."

In facing that discrimination first-hand by always being subjected to re-checks at airports, senior Maariya Husain said she meets adversity when traveling abroad and within the United States with a positive outlook.

"I remind myself, especially at Grand Valley, that I represent Islam," Husain said. "Individuals that have never met someone of Islamic faith before meeting me will look to me as a representation. It's really hard to be in a country in which your religion is represented incorrectly, but I have to make it a goal to represent it in every positive way possible."

The daily prayer life of Muslims is busy as all adult Sunni Muslims are required to perform five prayers per day, preceded by ritual cleansing or purification of the body. The Fajr, Zohr, Asr, Maghreb and Isha are offered throughout the day at dawn, around noon, during mid-afternoon, at sunset and once the sky has darkened, respectively. The prayers must be made in the direction of the Ka'aba, which is currently in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

For Husain, who attends MSA meetings when she can and is also a resident assistant for the Niemeyer West living center, the prayer regimen is occasionally difficult for a busy college student.

"It has been difficult at times," she said. "I try to schedule my classes so that I have a break, but even that can be difficult."

Her position as a resident assistant, however, has allowed Husain to promote Islam as a peaceful religion to curious residents, something she said she has enjoyed.

"I have had a couple residents who have been curious or wanted to learn about Islam ask me about my religion," she said. "They have all been very respectful and amazing."

Islam does not have a religious hierarchy, so each individual Muslim is free to answer what Islam's true message is. Ultimately, the majority of Muslims follow the same several core principles, Maisel said.

"Love the one God, love and support your neighbor and follow the articles of faith," he said.

Mariya Chakir, a GVSU Arabic professor, said Islam's message blends prayer with beneficial and kind actions.

"Islam emphasizes on monotheism and enjoins the submission to the will of God, and it urges everyone to follow the exemplary life of Mohammad," Chakir said. "Tolerance, passion, forgiveness and respect of others are very important."

The fundamental principles of Islam and Christianity are more alike than they are different. Both religions stress a connection with one God, living positive, giving lives and being respectful toward others.

For Husain, these things have been fundamental in shaping her identity and how other students see her.

"The meaning of Islam is different to every individual that you ask, but to me, Islam guides me on how to live every aspect of my life," she said. "It teaches me how to be respectful, be giving and connect with Allah."

dwolff@lanthorn.com



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