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Grand Valley State University freshman Cassidy Gale won the 2018 Centurion World Wake Surfing Championship in Ogden Valley, Utah.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, Gale, a Grand Rapids native, became the World Champion Wake Surfer at age 19. The 23rd annual Centurion World Wake Surfing Championship gathered athletes from around the world to showcase their skills during the three-day tournament. Day one consisted of the first round of qualifying, where Gale scored high enough to skip the last-chance qualifying round on day two. Gale’s next surf was during finals on day three when she took home first place, and a $6,000 check, in the Pro Women’s Surf division.
The Grand Showcase, organized by The Diatribe, will bring award-winning poets to Grand Rapids to join the community’s talented youth in performing spoken word poems. The event is a fundraiser for the grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to uniting the youth through art, and will take place on Saturday, October 6 at the Fountain Street Church from 1 to 3 p.m.
On Wednesday, Sept. 26, Grand Valley State University hosted another Democracy 101 discussion, this time centered on legalizing and decriminalizing the recreational use of marijuana. While voting trends have indicated that the proposal is likely to pass, anti-legalization groups are still working to prevent the proposal from passing.
General elections are coming up on Nov. 6 and the vote for legalizing recreational marijuana, known as Proposal One, will come to ballot. The Democracy 101 discussion gave students, faculty and members of the community a chance to consider facts, perceptions and data while examining the authorization process of this issue.
In an effort to ensure campus safety and easy access to emergency services, Grand Valley State University has recently updated their Laker Guardian app and encourage students and faculty to download it on their mobile devices.
Have you ever been afraid to walk from class to your car? Do you get worried during your past-dark workouts? Have you ever been on a first date that’s left you feeling uncomfortable? Now, thanks to a collaboration between the Grand Valley Police Department and RaveGuardian, the Laker Guardian app provides students with a virtual buddy when safety concerns arise.
Internationally recognized recitalist and piano soloist Jooyoung Kim performed at Grand Valley State University’s Hass Center for Performing Arts Monday Sept. 24. She performed a solo piano recital in the Sherman Van Solkema Hall.
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.