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Summer is finally here, which for many of college kids means going right to work. That is exactly the case for Grand Valley State pitcher Josh D. Smith. While many of us are mowing lawns or mopping floors, Smith is spending his summer in a less traditional summer job: playing baseball professionally.
Smith spent two years playing baseball for the University of Kentucky before transferring to GVSU prior to the 2018 season. Before he got hurt, he was an ace on the mound for the Lakers, posting a 2-1 record with 25 strikeouts and a 1.12 ERA in 24 innings, mostly in relief.
When it comes to the various studies present at Grand Valley State University, one would typically not assume that art and microbiology would have much of a potential for crossover. However, students from CMB 150: Biotechnology and Society were able to depict their studies in the form of art, and these works are currently being shown in the Mary Idema Pew Library’s Exhibition Space.
Bringing a Broadway classic turned movie to the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, the Grand Rapids-based Circle Theatre kicked off their live production of “A Few Good Men” Thursday. The play, which is directed by Mike Hull and written by Aaron Sorkin, is a continuation of the theatre’s 66th Main Stage season.
“A Few Good Men” follows the complex trial of two Marines for their involvement in the death of a fellow soldier in Guantanamo Bay. Also popular for its film adaptation, Hull said the play and movie coincide extremely well, but his theatrical interpretation was independent of the movie’s portrayal.
When it comes to the subject of dominance in the GLIAC, the conversation has to start with Grand Valley State, because they have the hardware to prove it. It was announced on May 29 that GVSU has captured the GLIAC Presidents’ Cup Trophy for the 25th time in the prestigious school’s history.
GVSU won the award for the 20th consecutive year, mostly due to the the Lakers' 13 GLIAC titles in the 2017-18 athletics seasons. They finished with 172 points, with 104 from women's sports and 68 from men’s sports.
All good things have to eventually come to an end, and that’s exactly the case with Grand Valley State softball for the 2018 season.
GVSU had a dominant regular season, posting an impressive 24-2 record in conference and 44-9 season overall, finishing in first place in the GLIAC and winning the GLIAC tournament before falling to Southern Indiana 2-1 on May 13 in the NCAA Midwest Region Tournament.
Young Life, a non-denominational Christian organization working to teach middle schoolers, high schoolers and college students about Jesus Christ, hosted their 17th annual golf outing on May 11. Volunteers from the Eastern Ottawa group hosted the outing to raise money for their organization, which focuses on building friendships with students throughout the school year, no matter their religious belief. The golf outing specifically supported the 11 schools where Young Life staff members gather for ministry.
The 2018 Grand Valley State baseball team came into this season confident and anxious to improve on a solid season the year before.
“We’ve got the guys, got the talent and I think we can do a lot of damage this year, especially in our conference,” catcher Austin LaDoux said during an interview in January. “I think we’ve got a chance to go all the way to the big time, World Series. No doubt.”
Each year, universities from all over the United States compete in the nationally recognized competition known as "RecycleMania". This past season, Grand Valley State University took eighth place in the recycling category as well as 12th in overall diversion rates.
In 2001, RecycleMania began as a contest between Miami University and Ohio University as a way to promote recycling efforts on each school’s campus. The competition saw an increase in campus recycling participation and has since expanded to more than 150 colleges and universities.
With many college students actively seeking professional experience outside of the classroom, ArtPrize and Ferris State’s Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) have partnered up to provide 12 paid internships in preparation for the "ArtPrize 10" season. The partnership announced it is accepting applications from any West Michigan student for internship positions involving education, volunteer/visitor engagement, development and exhibition management.
ArtPrize Director of Learning and Engagement Becca Guyette said that the positions target a plethora of different majors but are not limited to any given major. The program prioritizes giving students experience and skills that can be transferred from nonprofit work to any other workplace.
May has been mental health month for decades, and one local organization has created an event to celebrate and bring awareness to this month and the stigmas surrounding mental health. The 16th annual Stomp Out Stigma Walk for mental health will be taking place this Saturday, May 19.
The walk, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, starts at the Grand Valley State University Seward parking lot in Grand Rapids, and will span three miles along the Riverwalk. There is also a shortcut available for those who wish to walk one mile instead of three.
Each month, Grand Rapids-based artists, designers and entrepreneurs gather in the rustic lobby of the Wealthy Theatre to celebrate local business and creatives at the Indie Flea Market. The market, which takes place on the first Saturday of each month, is put together by local non-profit group called 'The Vendor Exchange'. The organization works to create bonds in the community between local artisans and the public, as well as to educate and empower emerging businesses.
The Indie Flea Market is just one of the recurring events held by The Vendor Exchange. The group also offers several opportunities for Grand Rapids startups to network, learn, sell their products and establish themselves in the community.
Jazz music is a widely enjoyed form of art, whether the person listening is a die-hard musician or a casual listener. For those interested in enjoying a weekend of jazz, the seventh annual GRandJazzFest will be taking place in downtown Grand Rapids on Aug. 18 and 19. The event is a free music festival for the entire family that includes variety of activities for all ages.
On April 30, festival organizers unveiled the lineup of performers for this year’s festival. The festival will include musicians such as keyboardist Oli Silk, Western Michigan University student band Lushh and headliner Euge Groove, an accomplished saxophonist with a distinct history in the jazz top 40 charts. A total of ten musicians will be performing across the weekend.
Law enforcement is concerned about a recent city-wide development involving individuals targeting houses, cars and people using paintball guns. These “paintball wars” are on the rise across many cities and pose a troubling issue for community members who wish to keep their neighborhood streets safe.
Most kids who grow up playing football have dreams of playing in the National Football League one day. For three former Grand Valley State football players, they are one step closer to making that dream a reality.
Grand Valley State University’s beekeeping club plans to take new leaps this year with having already selected brand new executive board members in addition to two new positions: data manager and social media coordinator.
Riding on a string of shows that included a performance on CONAN, “party rock” artist Andrew W.K. is set to continue his U.S. tour at the Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids on Thursday. The tour follows the release of “You’re Not Alone,” W.K.’s newest album after more than a decade of musical silence.
W.K., an Ann Arbor native, said the upcoming show isn’t his first visit to Grand Rapids nor the Pyramid Scheme. Despite being familiar with the city, the one facet of performing there that always surprises him is the high turnout to his concerts.
More than 3,000 Grand Valley State University students participated in commencement ceremonies April 27 and 28 at Van Andel Arena.
Every fan of any NFL team dreams of their squad one day making the Super Bowl. Many fan bases would do anything to make it to the big game just once, and Detroit Lions faithful are no different.
The harmonies were easy to find and easier to enjoy at the choral concert Tuesday, April 17. The performance, featuring the GVSU Cantate Chamber Ensemble, the University Arts Chorale and a variety of pieces, was given to a sizable audience at the Cook-DeWitt Center
Our current presidential administration has seen its fair share of scandals. There have been plenty of news cycles concerned with firings, hirings and much more. However, in the last few months we’ve also seen an uptake in discussion about claims related to Donald Trump’s infidelity. While I am a proponent of honesty I do believe that in this case some matters are better left private.