Keynote Speaker David Stovall Calls GVSU Students to Action
ALLENDALE, MI — On Monday, Jan. 21st, Grand Valley State University hosted David Stovall, a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, as the keynote speaker for Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week, running Jan. 21st through the 28th. The week includes events such as a commemorative silent march and five different presentations throughout the week on GVSU’s Allendale and Pew campuses.
Following the silent march across the Allendale campus, students, faculty, and members of the public gathered inside of the GVSU Fieldhouse for Stovall’s presentation. Pictures of Dr. King and showed on projector screens behind the stage captioned with his quote: “our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter.”
GVSU President Thomas Haas introduced Stovall, who insisted upon using a portable microphone , so he could deliver his message while moving amongst the crowd.
Stovall’s speech began with King’s most popular message: the “I Have a Dream” speech, King delivered on August 23rd, 1963. But history teachers and textbooks, often skip from that day, to the day of King’s death, April 4th, 1968, Stovall noted.
“King’s last four years of life represented a major change. Yet we don’t talk about it,” Stovall said. “He put forward a challenge to young people and we need to break the silence.”
Throughout his address, Stovall weaved in and out of the crowd and urged today’s youth to “pay attention to the way race and class affect our daily lives. We have to force ourselves to refute the lie.”
King’s messages and speeches after 1963, may be forgotten by history, but Stovall believes that King’s lessons from that period are just as important today as his more popular speeches. “800,000 people are currently working without pay. Because someone wants to build a wall that the border patrol does not think is necessary.”
During the presentation, Stovall didn’t just talk about the past. He mentioned the recent viral video of Native American elder, Nathan Phillips “who dar(ed) to stand in between a potential fight and offer a prayer. But in today’s media it’s construed as a confrontation.” Stovall continued, “when peace makers are made into potential threats, we live in a different world and Dr. King is saying, we need to pay attention to this.”
Following the presentation, many students were impressed with the message and felt compelled to share it. Thomas Quaine, a resident advisor on GVSU’s Allendale campus jotted down notes throughout the speech and intends on sharing them with the students on his housing floor. “His message was very powerful,” Quaine said. “It was very informative and it taught me where we should go and the difference between challenge vs. progress.”
Near the end of his address, Stovall criticized the hypocrisy of the United States, saying “we live in a place called the United States, that was founded on slavery, genocide, and wrongful land appropriation. We live in a country that at any given moment can reject the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendment.”
“Change can only come when people make a demand for freedom,” he added. “And in that demand, we can end suffering.”
Though it has been more than 60 years since Dr. King’s assassination, GVSU Advertising and Communications Manager Bryan Bickford said, “we are not doing enough to honor him (MLK) and we are not working together to create change.”
Bickford added, “his message will always be relevant . There is always a place to stand up to injustice and that will be forever.”
Later in his speech, Stovall encouraged the crowd, “we are prepared for hard times. We always have been and I will not leave you by yourself. Because if I do, I have just lied to you for 25 minutes.”
“When you think about Dr. King, think about what it means to fight and win for the people you love.” Stovall said in conclusion. “And no more reduction, but only expansion on who he is and what he has done.”
What caused the 100 yard piece of spinning ice ducks are using as a “Duck-go-round” in Westbrook, ME?
WESTBROOK, ME — Monday, January 15th was just like any other day for Rob Mitchell, the owner of Ethos Marketing, located in the small town of Westbrook, ME (roughly 100 miles north of Boston, MA). Well, it was. Then Mitchell peaked out of his office window overlooking the Presumpscot River and saw ducks sitting on a spinning… ice disk?
“The ducks were rotating on this big Lazy Susan,” said Mitchell. “It was a big duck-go-round.”
“I’ve never seen anything like it.” Said Mark Battle, an associate professor of physics at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME.
As the 300 foot ice disk continued spinning, locals grabbed their cameras and smart phones and began snapping photos of the peculiar piece of ice. While the crowd of locals continued to grow in size, so did their conversation surrounding the surreal sheet of ice. “Oh no! The world is coming to an end,” said Joshua Nason (via Facebook).
“😮.” Said Kelly Willis.
Once the original shock wore off, the conversation shifted to the origins of the disk. Battle attributed the formation and spinning of the disk to three factors: the river current, the thickness of the ice, and the friction caused by the ice grinding against the shoreline.“It’s definitely not being caused by the Coriolis force (that objects experience because of the Earth’s rotation).” Said Battle.
According to data found in a study conducted by researchers at the University of Liege, in Belgium. The study explains that the spinning occurs due to temperature changes, not because of the river’s flow/current. “As water warms it becomes less dense, and as it’s cooled by surface ice. As a result a vortex is formed.” (Researchers came to this conclusion by replicating in a lab how temperature changes water density.)
Despite what might have been first reported, this is not the first time this phenomena has taken place. Back in January 2016, Michigan had a similar ice disk appear on the banks of the Pine River.
Although it’s not the first time a piece of spinning ice has been discovered. The excitement and joy surrounding the 100 yard wide sheet of ice has not been lessened for the locals, “It’s certainly not every day that you can watch a spinning circle of ice in the river.” Said Doug Bertlesman.
Sometime early Thursday morning, the ice sheet stopped spinning. Thus ending the duck’s joyride on the “duck-go-round.” The cause of the ice stoppage? The ducks ran out of carnival tokens.