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Grand Valley’s Women’s Commission hosted their annual kick-off event on Wednesday, Sept. 26—the Fall Welcome. The event was hosted in Grand Rapids for the first time ever in hopes of attracting more guests than usual. Each year, the Fall Welcome event is an opportunity to welcome the Laker community back to campus and see all the new faces at the beginning of the semester.
The Koeze Business Ethics Initiative (KBEI) housed in Grand Valley’s Seidman College of Business will be hosting a climate change conference on Oct. 10 to examine the many different viewpoints on the subject. The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. in the William Seidman Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. It will host a panel of speakers from Grand Rapids and other parts of the world to discuss how climate change impacts different professions and communities.
Open just in time for Grand Valley State University's 2018 fall semester, Insomnia Cookies provides decadent treats to fuel the study sessions that last long into the night. The chain is a popular staple on many college campuses across the country, as students are one of the target demographics specifically identified by the brand. Joining a number of other establishments such as Cottage Inn Pizza and Mully’s Bar and Grill, Insomnia Cookies hopes to capitalize on its proximity to a number of off-campus housing complexes, such as Meadows Crossing and Campus West Apartments.
This semester's study abroad fair will showcase new destinations added for students to explore. This will include Iceland for the geology department, a trip to Chile for students participating in Trio, a new government organization toward first-time students going to college in their family, as well as a trip to Spain for athletes and their coaches. The most common destinations for students last year included the United Kingdom, Spain, and Ghana.
Cans and bottles strewn across the parking lots, wrappers and cups scattered in the stands, and so much wasted food. This massive mess often requires a team of volunteers who generally have to heap everything into a trash pile and dispose of it. Grand Valley State University is no exception, which is why on Sept. 22, GVSU alumnus and local business owner Joe Howard decided to volunteer his services to help clean up after the game against Michigan Tech.
Domination has been the name of the game for the Grand Valley State women’s soccer team, and as they reach the midway point of their season, they continued to dominate on the field this past Friday, Sept. 28, traveling to Purdue-Northwest and beating the Pride 10-0.
Goals were easy to come by in the match for the Lakers as Madeline Becker lead the team in scoring with three goals, all coming in the first half. This was the freshman’s first hat trick since joining the Lakers this fall.
With ideal running conditions at 50 degrees and sunshine, the men and women both managed to have runners finish first and second collegiality among all competitors. Senior Zach Panning finished first with an 8k time of 23:48, while sophomore Enael Woldemichael took second with a time of 23:51. Sarah Berger finished first with a 5k time of 16:57 and Allie Ludge was right behind her at 16:58 for the women’s team.
Though the use of marijuana is often associated with poor grades and general laziness, it’s worth it to consider which aspects of cannabis use can actually help students with their academic performance as well as potentially improve sleep quality and reduce anxiety.
The first game against Northwood on Friday, Sept. 28 was a clean 3-0 sweep for the Lakers improving their overall record to 11-5. The Lakers scored 25-12, 27-25, and 25-2.
GVSU had very balanced offensive to defensive strategies against the Timberwolves. Overall, the Lakers led in kills (45-34), assists (37-33), blocks (six-two) and digs (69-54). Quickly shutting Northwood out the first game kept momentum high and gave the Lakers an advantage over the next two sets that would help them beat Northwood in stats and score.
The Grand Valley State University men’s golf team traveled to Findlay Country Club on Sept. 24 and 25 to participate in the Doc Spragg Fall Invitational. This is only the second tournament of the year for the Lakers, the first of which saw them take home the victory. This tournament would have a similar finish.
On day one of the tournament, GVSU shot a 291 as a team, good enough to put them in second place going into the final round. The only team to perform better was the University of Indianapolis, with UIndy shooting a 288.
After winning back-to-back GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week honors, quarterback Bart Williams was only allowed to throw seven passes before giving way to the second string during the Lakers’ blowout of Northwood, defeating the Timberwolves 52-7 on the road in a true team effort.
Williams made the most of his short stint on the field, completing five passes for 129 yards and one touchdown. His second completion, a 23-yard pass to Jalen Bryant, made him the school’s all-time leader in pass yardage, surpassing Cullen Finnerty.
While tramp stamp coupons, handling a crocodile in a box and debating against resurrecting salty moths may seem peculiar to some, it fits perfectly into another day of randomness for Grand Rapid’s River City Improv group. The group brought their live improv show to Grand Valley State University Thursday through the efforts of Spotlight Productions, GVSU’s student-run programing organization.
The Grand Valley State football team is off to a dominant start during the 2018 football season after ripping off four straight wins. Much of that success can be attributed to the play of quarterback Bart Williams, who has thrown for 1,038 yards and 13 touchdowns with zero interceptions.
As is the case with everybody, though, there is more to the new all-time school record holder in pass touchdowns. I took some time out of my day to hang out with the school’s four-year starter and talk about more than just what’s happening on the field.
Over the years, Grand Valley State University has educated a variety of gifted and successful groups of alumni who attempt to flourish in their respective fields and succeed in their careers. Jeweler, metalsmith and GVSU alumna Emma Hoekstra is an example of this, as she recently placed top 5 in the Halstead Grant competition, a prestigious competition for artists in Hoekstra’s field.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Grand Valley State University Shakespeare Festival, GVSU students and guest actors will perform King Lear at the Louis Armstrong Theatre in the Haas Center for Performing Arts. The series of events titled, “A Silver Coronation: The Grand Valley Shakespeare Effect”, will take place between Sept. 28 and Nov. 3.
The Grand Valley State University Division II club hockey team will have a different look this season. After nine seasons, former head coach Mike Forbes has retired and the team now looks to new head coach Carl Trosien to carry on the legacy of the program.
Trosien talks about the hiring process with GVSU, is very excited to apply his leadership to this talented program.
Several instances in past elections have demonstrated how the youth vote can make a difference between a blue or red state. In 2008, under-30 voters helped win Barack Obama Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia. Without the youth vote in these states Obama would have potentially lost the entire election to opponent Mitt Romney. This is just one example that establishes young adult voters as a major subset of the electorate.
The Grand Valley State University Writing Department will welcome both established and up-and-coming writers to campus throughout the school year for the annual Writers Series.
This year’s Writers Series features eight distinguished authors at six individual events taking place between Monday, Sept. 17 and Tuesday, Apr. 9. Each event is open to the public and includes a writing craft talk (a discussion about the craft of writing), and a reading. Authors will also visit classes so students can have the opportunity to learn about artistic career paths, the art of writing and other invaluable tips from distinguished writers.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) celebrates their 30 year dedication on Wednesday, Sept. 19 by focusing their most recent Conversation of Color on underrepresented populations, and with the General Elections drawing near, voting and the importance behind youth participation in the election process was a main topic.
Conversations of Color are dialogues hosted monthly by the OMA from noon to 1 p.m. in the Office of Multicultural Affairs lobby, located at 1240 Kirkhof Center. Topics revolve around current events or social justice issues, and this has become a space for students to find clarity on complex issues happening in our world today. Past discussions have included Islamophobia, DACA, the Charlottesville incident and kneeling during the national anthem.
Last week, Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies hosted guest speaker Heather Gerken, Dean of the Yale Law School. Gerken spoke in the Loosemore Auditorium on GVSU’s Pew Campus on Sept. 18 as a part of the center’s Common Ground Initiative. Program Director Scott St. Louis said that the Hauenstein Center was pleased to host her.