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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.
After losing a bit of their momentum in the past weekend, the Grand Valley State women’s soccer team swept University of Indianapolis on Tuesday, Sept. 18, earning the win over the Greyhound’s in a 5-0 match. The Lakers advance their record to 6-0-1 in the season.
Tuesday’s game was the third game in five days for the Lakers with the previous two matches resulting in a close win over Northwood University and a draw against Ashland. Head coach Jeff Hosler felt good about the well-earned and needed win.
As the new Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Loren Rullman kicks off his first semester at Grand Valley State University. His first main focus is to bridge the gap between students and university members. In doing so, the Office of Student Affairs has introduced a Student Advisory Board that will be implemented this academic year.
The Grand Valley State University Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) is hosting the tenth annual Undergraduate Research Fair on Tuesday, October 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room. At the fair, students will learn about faculty and staff directed research and creative projects.
“The Undergraduate Research Fair features faculty mentors from a diversity of departments across campus,” said Dr. Jodee Hunt, Professor of Biology and Faculty Fellow, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship. “The event focuses on providing undergraduate students, especially those in their first few years at GVSU, with information about research opportunities across the disciplines and helping them connect with potential research mentors.”
As many people enjoy swimming, boating and fishing on the lakes, a new threat has emerged, endangering the long-term health and prosperity of the expansive bodies of water. Man-made micro-plastics, created from the degradation of plastic waste in water, is becoming a major concern within the Great Lakes. Fish and other organisms consume the plastics, which then makes its way into the food chain, endangering other organisms and disrupting the existing ecosystems.
Alan Steinman, professor and director of the Annis Water Research Institute (AWRI) is conducting research on which organisms are attracted to in micro-plastics. Doing so will provide a better understanding of how these plastics interact with the base of the food chain, illustrating their negative effects within the Great Lakes.
It’s a bit of a cliché, but it’s still true to this day: defense wins championships. Thankfully for the Grand Valley State football team, their defense is in great shape thanks to the leadership and determination of senior defensive lineman Dylan Carroll.
Carroll has been appearing as the villain in the nightmares of opposing GLIAC quarterbacks over the past four years, as he’s tallied 139 total tackles, 29.5 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks as of Sept. 21, 2018.
Like many college football players, Carroll started his playing career as a running back, but found a passion for playing on the other side of the ball early on.
Recently, Grand Valley State University’s Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) hosted a delegation of officials from Japan at the request of the office of Governor Rick Snyder.
The AWRI is a multidisciplinary research organization within GVSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Their mission is to enhance and preserve freshwater resources, as well as bring awareness to the multifaceted problems surrounding the consumption and conservation of water by integrating research, community outreach and student engagement.
The Kirkhof College of Nursing is staffing on-campus clinics for the entire month of October starting on Oct. 3. Various locations include GVSU Family Health Center in Grand Rapids, The Fieldhouse main lobby, Kirkhof Center during the GVSU Health and Wellness Summit, DeVos Center, Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon, Grand River Room, Holton-Hooker Learning and Living Center, Meijer Campus in Holland and Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences.
With two wins at home last week, the Lakers kept their winning streak alive, beating NMU on Friday, Sept. 21 (3-1 with scores of 25-20, 20-25, 25-23, and 25-21). This improves the team’s record to overall 10-4 with a conference record of 3-3.
GVSU led the first night in blocks, hitting percentage and digs. Overall they held the Wildcats at 11-4 in blocks and also held the advantage in hitting percentages at .227 to the Wildcats' .198. The Lakers also led in digs 76 to 74.
The week of civic events kicks off with the Open Student Debate Night on Sept. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Mary Idema Pew Library Multipurpose Room. This event is hosted by Student Senate to spark discussion between students about current affairs in the United States. Senate will also be hosting a panel again in the library's Multipurpose Room on Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. following their weekly General Assembly. This panel will discuss who represents students at GVSU and allow for open questions from attendees about civil engagement on campus.
National voter registration day is Tuesday, Sept. 25 and the Michigan Mobile Secretary of State will be on the Allendale campus next to the Cook-Carillon Clock Tower from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to register students to vote. There will also be food, light refreshments and a DJ during the registration event. The Mobile Secretary of State will also offer other services including license, tabs and registration renewals as well as an organ donor registry.
Thanks in part to the new all-time school touchdown pass leader Bart Williams, the No. 5 Grand Valley State Lakers (4-0, 2-0 GLIAC) defeated the Michigan Tech Huskies (2-2, 0-2) by a score of 45-20 in front of 16,671 fans - the second largest crowd in Lubbers Stadium history
Williams threw five touchdowns – the second of which passed Curt Anes for the top spot among all GVSU players – along with 382 yards on 23 completions in 37 attempts.
“This might sound dumb, but I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about anything ever,” said Marshal Brummel, Grand Valley State University junior and President of the GVSU Esports club.
“I just really saw an opportunity for the gaming community in Grand Valley to come together and have a lot more of a connective poll with each other than apart,” Brummel said. “The community of gamers, I mean we play tons of games. I think I have four or five games on my computer right now, and I don’t play all of them as much as I play my favorite, but it’s enough that you can relate to everyone. It was just a good opportunity to get a community together for people who don’t always have a community where you can actually meet people.”