Grand Valley Lanthorn

Grand Valley Lanthorn Student-run newspaper at Grand Valley State University.
We publish Mondays and Thursdays throughout the school year and print 3,500 copies per issue. We also post web exclusives on non-print days. The Lanthorn is free and distributed between the Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses and at local businesses near campus.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought nearly every aspect of daily life to a halt, and the music scene has been no exception...
03/27/2020
Grand Rapids Symphony announces cancellations

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought nearly every aspect of daily life to a halt, and the music scene has been no exception. The Grand Rapids Symphony has had to cancel all concerts and events through April 10:

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought nearly every aspect of daily life to a halt, and the music scene has been no exception. The Grand Rapids Symphony has had to cancel all concerts and events through April 10. These cancellations have significantly affected the lives of the Grand Rapids Symphony admin...

COVID-19 is not just closing down K-12 schools, universities, and restaurants, but also theatres scattered throughout th...
03/26/2020
Theatres across Grand Rapids close due to COVID-19

COVID-19 is not just closing down K-12 schools, universities, and restaurants, but also theatres scattered throughout the Grand Rapids area:

COVID-19 is not just closing down K-12 schools, universities, and restaurants, but also theatres scattered throughout the Grand Rapids area. Some of the many organizations being directly affected by this are the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Wealthy Theatre and even the DeVos Performance Hall. In the....

Restrictions on gathering and holding social events has brought Grand Rapids entertainment venues into uncharted territo...
03/24/2020
The Intersection closes their stage, tries to find silver lining

Restrictions on gathering and holding social events has brought Grand Rapids entertainment venues into uncharted territory. The Intersection is a local concert venue which has been forced to either postpone or cancel all shows:

Restrictions on gathering and holding social events has brought Grand Rapids entertainment venues into uncharted territory. The Intersection is a local concert venue which has been forced to either postpone or cancel all shows. With Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to ban all gatherings over the size o...

With the decision to switch on remote learning for the remainder of the semester, many student employees are in uncharte...
03/23/2020
Student employees adapt to COVID-19

With the decision to switch on remote learning for the remainder of the semester, many student employees are in uncharted territory. 3,600 of the students at Grand Valley State University have an on-campus job:

With the decision to switch on remote learning for the remainder of the semester, many student employees are in uncharted territory. 3,600 of the students at Grand Valley State University have an on-campus job. While some are are still able to do their work remotely, other student employees are find...

Following a GLIAC semi-final loss to the Michigan Tech Huskies, GVSU Men’s Basketball was in bittersweet spirits. While ...
03/22/2020
GVSU Men’s Basketball reflects on successful 2019-20 season

Following a GLIAC semi-final loss to the Michigan Tech Huskies, GVSU Men’s Basketball was in bittersweet spirits. While they knew they may have just played their final collegiate basketball game, they were confident that they would get an at-large bid in the DII NCAA tournament:

Following a GLIAC semi-final loss to the Michigan Tech Huskies, GVSU Men’s Basketball was in bittersweet spirits. While they knew they may have just played their final collegiate basketball game, they were confident that they would get an at-large bid in the DII NCAA tournament, since they were ra...

The GVSU Intercultural Festival put on by the Campus Activities Board (CAB) has been taking place since 2005, but began ...
03/21/2020
GVSU CAB planned to highlight diversity with Intercultural Festival

The GVSU Intercultural Festival put on by the Campus Activities Board (CAB) has been taking place since 2005, but began with similar celebrations in 1963 at Grand Valley State College:

The GVSU Intercultural Festival put on by the Campus Activities Board (CAB) has been taking place since 2005, but began with similar celebrations in 1963 at Grand Valley State College. It emphasizes the diversity of students by recognizing that each student belongs to their own culture and that it s...

Following the movement of classes from in-person to online, Student Senate has had to suspend general assemblies for the...
03/21/2020
What will be this year’s Student Senate legacy?

Following the movement of classes from in-person to online, Student Senate has had to suspend general assemblies for the rest of the year, table all major discussions and resolutions, and put a hold on elections, extending everyone’s terms into next year:

Following the movement of classes from in-person to online, Student Senate has had to suspend general assemblies for the rest of the year, table all major discussions and resolutions, and put a hold on elections, extending everyone’s terms into next year. With that, it only feels appropriate to di...

Grand Valley State University is an institution that puts its students first. Teaching excellence is something that the ...
03/20/2020
GV honors Robin Spring with excellence award

Grand Valley State University is an institution that puts its students first. Teaching excellence is something that the university puts great pride into, so it only makes sense to award those professors who go above-and-beyond on behalf of their students:

Grand Valley State University is an institution that puts its students first. Teaching excellence is something that the university puts great pride into, so it only makes sense to award those professors who go above-and-beyond on behalf of their students. On Feb. 11, GVSU hosted the 2019-2020 Facult...

On Monday, I decided I was going to write speculatively about the coronavirus; who might be infected, who would be in da...
03/19/2020
Communication nearly as important as medicine during COVID-19 crisis

On Monday, I decided I was going to write speculatively about the coronavirus; who might be infected, who would be in danger and what we could do. Four days later, Michigan is in a state of emergency. This topic isn’t speculative anymore, and as it turns out, it hasn’t been for a very long time:

On Monday, I decided I was going to write speculatively about the coronavirus; who might be infected, who would be in danger and what we could do. Four days later, Michigan is in a state of emergency. This topic isn’t speculative anymore, and as it turns out, it hasn’t been for a very long time....

The CreateAthon, the biggest event of the year for Grand Valley State University’s student-run PR firm, GrandPR, was sch...
03/19/2020
CreateAthon cancellation ‘heartbreaking’ for GrandPR

The CreateAthon, the biggest event of the year for Grand Valley State University’s student-run PR firm, GrandPR, was scheduled to be held last weekend:

The CreateAthon, the biggest event of the year for Grand Valley State University’s student-run PR firm, GrandPR, was scheduled to be held last weekend. Members of the firm were gearing up to create advertisement campaigns for six different Grand Rapids nonprofits in under 24 hours. Students like j...

I’ve had my hands on collectable card games for as long as I can remember. I started off with Pokemon, whose cards remin...
03/19/2020
Lanthorn Reviews: Biscuit TCG embodies best, worst of card game creation

I’ve had my hands on collectable card games for as long as I can remember. I started off with Pokemon, whose cards reminded me of my favorite characters on the shows I would watch and then eventually I moved on to refined Yu Gi Oh, with darker themes and a straightforward set of rules:

I’ve had my hands on collectable card games for as long as I can remember. I started off with Pokemon, whose cards reminded me of my favorite characters on the shows I would watch and then eventually I moved on to refined Yu Gi Oh, with darker themes and a straightforward set of rules. As...

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. According to the CDC, the best way to prevent the spread of coronavi...
03/18/2020
Stay informed on COVID-19

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. According to the CDC, the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to avoid being exposed:

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. According to the CDC, the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to avoid being exposed. People can reduce their chances of being infected by knowing the facts, practicing social distancing, hand washing and disinfecting. Quick Facts: COV...

GVSU Graduating Seniors: The Lanthorn wants to hear from you! With the COVID-19 outbreak, senior year has been cut short...
03/18/2020
GV Lanthorn: Graduating Senior Feedback

GVSU Graduating Seniors: The Lanthorn wants to hear from you! With the COVID-19 outbreak, senior year has been cut short. Please consider taking the survey below to tell us about your ideas and thoughts about online classes, commencement, etc.

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As the Grand Valley State track & field team was preparing for their highly anticipated GLIAC Championship meet in Birmi...
03/18/2020
NCAA cancels track & field GLIAC Championship meet last minute amidst COVID-19 outbreak

As the Grand Valley State track & field team was preparing for their highly anticipated GLIAC Championship meet in Birmingham, Alabama, the NCAA called off all events, leaving the student athletes in complete dismay and heartbreak:

As the Grand Valley State track & field team was preparing for their highly anticipated GLIAC Championship meet in Birmingham, Alabama, the NCAA called off all events, leaving the student athletes in complete dismay and heartbreak. The week leading up to the meet was filled with excitement and confi...

The Rev. Jesse Jackson announced his support for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president during a rally i...
03/18/2020
Rev. Jesse Jackson endorses Bernie Sanders at Grand Rapids Rally

The Rev. Jesse Jackson announced his support for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president during a rally in Grand Rapids on Sunday, March 8:

The Rev. Jesse Jackson announced his support for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president during a rally in Grand Rapids on Sunday, March 8. Several thousand audience members cheered when Jackson arrived to deliver his speech in downtown Calder Plaza. Jackson, a clergyman, became the...

In the past week, Student Senate President Eric-John Szczepaniak and other members of Student Senate met with members of...
03/17/2020
Student Senate pushes elections back, prepares for changes

In the past week, Student Senate President Eric-John Szczepaniak and other members of Student Senate met with members of Faculty Senate to discuss how to best move forward surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and Michigan. In the meetings, many things were discussed, including moving elections back to the fall semester:

In the past week, Student Senate President Eric-John Szczepaniak and other members of Student Senate met with members of Faculty Senate to discuss how to best move forward surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and Michigan. In the meetings, many things were discussed, including movi...

BREAKING NEWS- Grand Valley State University announced that in-person classes would be suspended through April 25, which...
03/17/2020
BREAKING: GV suspends face-to-face classes through rest of semester

BREAKING NEWS- Grand Valley State University announced that in-person classes would be suspended through April 25, which encompasses the rest of the winter semester, including finals:

This story is breaking. New information will be added as it becomes available. Update 3:05 p.m.: Club sports at GVSU have been suspended through May 31, per an email sent to club sports officers, student-athletes and coaches. The note encouraged students to cancel any events through that date, and m...

The Campus Activity Board (CAB) held one last event for students before classes went online.  On the night of March 11, ...
03/17/2020
Sawyer makes its way to Area 51 for CAB’s Coffee House Concert

The Campus Activity Board (CAB) held one last event for students before classes went online. On the night of March 11, The Coffee House Series featured Nashville-based, girl-duo Sawyer in Kirkhof Center’s Area 51:

The Campus Activity Board (CAB) held one last event for students before classes went online. On the night of March 11, The Coffee House Series featured Nashville-based, girl-duo Sawyer in Kirkhof Center’s Area 51. After receiving positive feedback from the previous Coffee House Concert with Drakef...

Many spring sports athletes at Grand Valley State University heard extremely dire news early last week. With the news of...
03/17/2020
GVSU Baseball, Swimming & Diving reacts to COVID-19

Many spring sports athletes at Grand Valley State University heard extremely dire news early last week. With the news of GVSU’s classes cancelling and moving online to the end of the month, many university events were cancelled as well:

Many spring sports athletes at Grand Valley State University heard extremely dire news early last week. With the news of GVSU’s classes cancelling and moving online to the end of the month, many university events were cancelled as well. GVSU suspended sports, too, including women’s lacrosse, sof...

As of Thursday, Mar. 12, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors have canceled all remaining winter and sp...
03/16/2020
GVSU Women’s Basketball’s most successful class has final season come to abrupt end

As of Thursday, Mar. 12, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors have canceled all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships effective immediately. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, the NCAA’s ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic:

As of Thursday, Mar. 12, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors have canceled all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships effective immediately. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, the NCAA’s ability to ensure the events do not contribute to ...

COVID-19 has had direct effects on campuses nationwide, as schools around the world have cancelled classes and switched ...
03/16/2020
COVID-19 impacts student organizations, Student Life

COVID-19 has had direct effects on campuses nationwide, as schools around the world have cancelled classes and switched to online learning initiatives. Grand Valley State University is no different, as classes are scheduled to be online for at least two weeks:

COVID-19 has had direct effects on campuses nationwide, as schools around the world have cancelled classes and switched to online learning initiatives. Grand Valley State University is no different, as classes are scheduled to be online for at least two weeks. However, COVID-19 is impacting the univ...

Friday afternoon, the GLIAC came out with a statement cancelling all athletic activities, and the winter and spring NCAA...
03/15/2020
GLIAC cancels all sports activites, winter and spring championships for all NCAA sports

Friday afternoon, the GLIAC came out with a statement cancelling all athletic activities, and the winter and spring NCAA championships in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

Friday afternoon, the GLIAC came out with a statement cancelling all athletic activities, and the winter and spring NCAA championships in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The following statement can be found on both gliac.org and gvsulakers.com. Effective immediately, the Great Lakes Int...

The discourse surrounding the 2020 presidential race is already omnipresent, from their constant buzz through media plat...
03/14/2020
From the Newsroom: Encouraging dialogue throughout the political process

The discourse surrounding the 2020 presidential race is already omnipresent, from their constant buzz through media platforms, mentions on socials or caught between conversations in public:

The discourse surrounding the 2020 presidential race is already omnipresent, from their constant buzz through media platforms, mentions on socials or caught between conversations in public. Those who have their mind made up about who should be president are speaking their minds. Those who are unsati...

Artists and musicians are among the population of students who find themselves searching for the balance between screen ...
03/13/2020
Student artists unplug to unlock creativity

Artists and musicians are among the population of students who find themselves searching for the balance between screen time and unplugged creativity:

Artists and musicians are among the population of students who find themselves searching for the balance between screen time and unplugged creativity. Efforts to limit screen time from the department of Music, Theater and Dance faculty ties into the Recreation and Wellness (RecWell) Unplugged campai...

It’s happening again. We thought that after 2016, Democrats had surely learned their lesson that nominating a moderate w...
03/13/2020
Whitmer’s Biden endorsement a slap in face for those who don’t want Trump reelected

It’s happening again. We thought that after 2016, Democrats had surely learned their lesson that nominating a moderate will result in low voter turnout and thus a Republican victory in the White House. Well, it looks like they didn’t learn:

With eyes on the 2020 election, the Lanthorn will be featuring all angles of discussion on the political ecosystem. If you want to share your thoughts via a letter to the editor, please email us at [email protected]. It’s happening again. We thought that after 2016, Democrats had surely learn...

03/12/2020

‪Lakers, do you have questions about how the coronavirus (COVID-19) is going to impact Grand Valley State University? Do you have questions regarding classes, cancellations or events? Respond to this post with your questions. We are working with university officials to gather answers. We will do our best to answer you on here or in an article!‬

Grand Rapids’ annual week-long celebration of laughter is taking place March 5-15. The 2020 Gilda’s LaughFest is held th...
03/12/2020
LaughFest promotes laughing ‘for the health it’ for 10th year

Grand Rapids’ annual week-long celebration of laughter is taking place March 5-15. The 2020 Gilda’s LaughFest is held throughout downtown Grand Rapids and is an event for all ages:

Grand Rapids’ annual week-long celebration of laughter is taking place March 5-15. The 2020 Gilda’s LaughFest is held throughout downtown Grand Rapids and is an event for all ages. This year marks LaughFest’s tenth birthday, and per usual, all proceeds go to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, a free...

In an outstanding championship meet for the Grand Valley State track and field teams, both the men and women secured the...
03/12/2020
GVSU Track & Field dominate GLIAC Championships, bringing home first place

In an outstanding championship meet for the Grand Valley State track and field teams, both the men and women secured the first-place win over spring break in the GLIAC Championships:

In an outstanding championship meet for the Grand Valley State track and field teams, both the men and women secured the first-place win over spring break in the GLIAC Championships. On both Saturday, Feb. 29 and Sunday, Mar 1, the GVSU athletes absolutely dominated the scoreboards, leaving the wome...

BREAKING NEWS- Grand Valley State University has cancelled all classes March 12-15 due to COVID-19, or the “coronavirus....
03/12/2020
BREAKING: GV moves classes online due to COVID-19 outbreak

BREAKING NEWS- Grand Valley State University has cancelled all classes March 12-15 due to COVID-19, or the “coronavirus.” The University has also announced that March 16-29, all classes will be digital, with face-to-face classes cancelled, following suit with other universities in the state and around the country:

This story is breaking and will be updated as new information becomes available. Please check back for updates. Grand Valley State University has cancelled all classes March 12-15 due to COVID-19, or the “coronavirus.” The University has also announced that March 16-29, all classes will be digit...

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So relevant! 2019 Great Lakes History Conference (Trauma and Gender) Sept. 20-21
Grand Valley Lanthorn . . . I'm a proud alumni, an Irwin Club Donor, an alumni Cheerleader, ex captain of the hockey club, wife of another GVSU Alumni and proud parent of a Laker but also a proud parent of a Cardinal at SVSU. I have seen TWO incidences now of GVSU embarrassing me as a lifetime Laker for Life. One was at the Dodge Ball Tournament this past weekend when GVSU played SVSU and in the last chance of playing another game, GVSU just had SVSU throw at them so they could practice catching It was disrespectful and cocky to say the least and I was in the audience cheering for both SVSU (had a son on the team) and GVSU, as a Laker for Life myself. Now I see this article in the Lanthorn where GVSU is accusing SVSU of more or less "cheating in the BOV Fundraising?" Do you have proof? Is this a fair accusation? I sure am hoping so! So sad to me that GVSU is now cancelling the BOV Fundraising? Not impressive GVSU, not impressive! While you are casting stones (hopefully with proof), you are now not participating in the raising $1,000's of dollars to help others! Bad call! #notimpressed #lakerforlife #rethinkthis #NOTanchorsup
The countdown is on for the 2019 A Cappell-Off!...Join us at the Allendale HS Ceglarek Fine Arts Center to hear at least 8 great college a cappella groups in West Michigan's ONLY collegiate a cappell competition! Saturday, January 12 at 7pm. Adult tickets are $10 and Student tickets are only $5. Join us for a great evening of music!
I am so excited to see Lindsey Normington one man play on Friday.
I am so excited to see Lindsey Normingon's play.
Hi! Grand Valley State University alumna SarahJane Cauzillo wrote "The Incarnate Christ in All I Meet" about her service experience on the Franciscan Mission Service blog. Check it out! https://goo.gl/3VTKr3
Hi! My name is Anthony Wolbert and I am a 2010 graduate of Grand Valley State University. I’m currently a middle school science teacher in Sturgis, Mi. I am asking for your help and support! I am competing to be 1 of 2 people in North America to be selected to win a trip to Sweden to go dog sledding and survive the arctic for a week. This is an incredible opportunity not only for myself but also for my middle school students. There are so many topics that I will get to share with my students from the mental and physical struggles to the interviews with the experts and other participants from around the world. I am currently 3rd in all of North America and 36th in the world. I need you to vote for me (it only lets you vote once) and then share it as much as you can over the next 15 days. The contest ends on the 14th of December. I have included the link, and also have created a page "Anthony's Adventures" that has the link to vote and some of the recent headlines. Thank you if you have already voted and shared. Please share as much as possible over the next couple weeks! I definitely appreciate your support.
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