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Anyone who grew up watching USA women's soccer in the past 20 years knows that the last name ‘Hamm’ is synonymous with success on the soccer field, and that’s exactly the case for Grand Valley State, as senior Madz Ham’s final season with the Lakers draws to a close.
Although her name is spelled differently, GVSU’s Ham has had an impressive career in Allendale, being the proverbial quarterback of the Laker defense and earning an All-GLIAC first team selection last season.
On Friday, Oct. 19, the Grand Valley State women’s soccer team faced off with one of GVSU’s biggest rivals: the Ferris State Bulldogs. Through the harsh weather and 110 total game minutes, the Lakers were able to add another win to their record to improve to 16-0-1.
The Lakers hit the road for a match-up against the Bulldogs, and found tough competition in Big Rapids, Mich. Throughout the first half, the Lakers dominated the field with six shots on goal and a lot of action by the Bulldogs goal.
After a recent email scam floated around to students at Grand Valley State University, the Grand Valley Police Department and IT HelpDesk is warning students to watch out for phishing, the fraudulent collection of personal information via email.
Last week, some students received an email recruiting for a personal assistant job. The email gives a job description, wage information and other seemingly legitimate details to garner student interest. However, after responding to the message, many students caught on quickly that something wasn’t right.
East versus West, Cardinals versus Lakers, Grand Valley versus Saginaw Valley.
Grand Valley State University's Student Senate is kicking off the 2018 Battle of the Valleys this week in preparation for the upcoming rivalry game occurring on Saturday, Oct. 27. Although the football game is often the focus during the week, the rivalry extends beyond the goal lines, as both schools are competing to raise funds for charity organizations within their communities. This year’s funds go toward the Replenish Food Pantry, an on-campus charity tasked with assisting students who may be struggling with food insecurity.
On a day where the Wolverines traveled to East Lansing and the Chippewas hosted the Broncos, it would have been easy for the game between the No. 8 ranked Grand Valley State Lakers and the surprising Davenport Panthers - who both came in 6-1 (3-1 GLIAC) - to be buried in the football commotion on Saturday, Oct. 20.
While a small crowd of 2,400 in Caledonia, Mich. may suggest that it was, the game itself ended up being anything but overlookable. The Lakers ended up beating the Panthers 19-14, but it took two weather delays, six total turnovers and a game-winning drive from a backup quarterback to seal the deal.
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has been an integral part of the Mexican culture ever since the Spanish invaders introduced the custom in the early 1500’s. Now, Grand Valley State University aims to honor this tradition by sponsoring a Day of the Dead Celebration to educate students on the importance of the holiday.
On Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m., the Latin American Studies and Modern Languages and Literature programs are hosting the Day of the Dead Celebration in the GVSU Fredrick Meijer Honors College. True to its origin, this event is a time to remember lost loved ones and celebrate their memory. There will be an authentic Mexican ofrenda, live music and food to insure students the full Día de los Muertos experience.
In a generation where social media, the internet and technology are a major source of creation and consumption, we’re left to question ourselves which act we take part in more. I recently attended an event where a speaker spoke on the effects of social media today and the many benefits it has brought us.
The Great Lakes History Conference, Grand Valley State’s annual conference discussing themes in history education and research, gained a competitive edge this year with its new theme: “Playing with History.” The conference, which spanned from Oct 12-13, focused on gaming and competition as a means to improve upon history education within the classroom.
Grand Valley State University Professor Roy Cole has played an essential role in furthering the Laker Effect by sharing his passion for sustainability both at home and in the classroom.
Last September, Cole, a professor of Geography and Sustainable Planning at GVSU, was one of three finalists in Michigan for the Governor’s Energy Excellence Award. This award honors organizations and individuals statewide for their commitment to responsible energy production and consumption. Unbeknownst to him, Cole was nominated for the “Best Residential Projects” category in acknowledgement of the extensive work he had undertaken to conserve energy in his home.
Despite Grand Valley State being one of the most successful DII Football programs in the past 15 years, they do not currently have the state-of-the-art facilities to match the state-of-the-art team. Thankfully for future football teams here, that is all about to change.
As part of the homecoming festivities on Oct. 6, the GVSU Athletic Department announced a building expansion to the football locker rooms and facilities, which will be named after accomplished former Grand Valley State football player and wrestler Jamie Hosford.
Grand Valley State University is currently showcasing an ongoing exhibit to start a conversation on the fusing of human, animal and plant tissues with a mixture of plastic or silicone products to render the tissues of any odor, followed by the tissues being preserved permanently dry for educational and instructional purposes—also known as "plastination."
The exhibition is titled “Plastination—The Art of Preservation" and walks viewers through the process here at Grand Valley as it is the only plastination lab established in Michigan.
Senior Natalie Loewengruber presented her Honors capstone on voter education and how to be an informed voter. Her presentation titled “Vote Smart: The Basics of Becoming Informed” took place in the Mary Idema Pew Library on Friday, Oct. 12.
Every 98 seconds, someone experiences sexual violence in America. Out of every 1,000 reported cases, only six people will see time in prison, according to RAINN.org. Since the Fall 2018 semester began at Grand Valley State University, the Grand Valley Police Department has received reports of sexual violence nearly every week from students living on or near campus. Though some students have reported their situations, only 31 percent of all sexual violence cases are reported.
On Tuesday, Oct. 9, Grand Valley State University hosted a panel titled, “What Happens When You Die?” sponsored by the Kaufman Interfaith Institute in partnership with Making Choices Michigan, a registered non-profit organization devoted to changing the narrative about healthcare decision-making, including at the end of life.
The panel, held for the first time ever at GVSU, took place at the Pew Campus' Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids and discussed what happens when you die, exploring the beliefs and practices of faith traditions that inform end-of-life care.
With waves of white and blue filling the stands, it was an all-hands-on-deck gameday for members of the Grand Valley Police Department. Officers from GVPD, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department and Ferris State collaborated to handle the high attendance and spirits surrounding the game.
The GVSU men finished second and the women took fourth in weather that produced snow, rain and temperatures that never even hit the 40s. The day saw course conditions go from wet to mush to mud as time progressed.
In far from ideal conditions, Zach Panning and Enael Woldemichael finished first and second for the fourth consecutive race for the Lakers, who were narrowly defeated by Bradley University from the Missouri Valley Conference, 83-63. After Panning and Woldemichael, Tanner Chada turned in his best performance to date. Chada finished 15th and posted an 8k time of 24:57.9. Jacob Domagalski and Ben Zaremba rounded out the top five runners for the Lakers, finishing 32nd and 33rd.
The Lakers started out strong and quick, scoring their first goal in the first two minutes of the game. After a bit of bobbling around the goal, sophomore Sydney O’Donnell nabbed the ball on the left corner of the 18’ and was able to send it into the goal, unassisted. The Lakers showed great determination in keeping the Cardinals off the scoreboard, despite pressure in playing against cross-Valley rivals. Head coach Jeff Hosler said that the team doesn’t worry too much about their opponents, no matter who it is.
As the saying goes, bad things come in threes. That was the case on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 for the Grand Valley State volleyball team.
The Grand Valley State women’s volleyball team traveled to Indianapolis, Ind. for the Midwest Region Crossover where they lost to Tiffin, Illinois-Springfield and Bellarmine.
The Padnos International Center hosted its annual Study Abroad Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 9 in order to provide students with knowledge about the many international educational opportunities available to them.
The fair was held in the Grand River Room of the Kirkhof Center and lasted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Study Abroad Outreach Coordinator Alissa Lane said she estimated that over 1,200 students were in attendance, most of which were likely undergraduates.
During the months of October and November, Grand Valley State University's Center for Multicultural Affairs will host several events to help bring awareness to Native American Heritage. These events will include numerous performances and lectures, as well as panels and service projects.