Students’ mixed response to venture process


Photo by Emma Grossbauer

On Monday, Sept. 16, and Tuesday, Sept. 17, evening, sophomores and upper classmen who missed the presentation previously, attended the Sophomore Symposium. The symposium is mandatory for all students to learn about the different grants they can receive and to maintain their eligibility to receive the venture grant.

In addition to attending the symposium to remain eligible to receive the grant, students must have sophomore standing, have a declared major, be in good financial and academic standing and plan on returning to Alma College in the semester after the venture experience unless the student is graduating or receives a waiver stating otherwise.

Many students on campus feel that there are too many hoops to jump through in order to maintain an eligible status and to get their venture grants. “I feel some of the information was important to know, but I feel like the school could have avoided doing something of this size. We already have so many hoops to go through in order to gain anything,” said CarrieLynn Lafranchi (’22).

Some students even feel like they should not be required to attend unless they feel they need more information. “I feel like I already paid the money in through tuition to receive my Venture grant, and now I have to apply to possibly be denied and attend a two hour long presentation. I have known since I signed to Alma College what I wanted to use my grant for, and I just feel like it is too difficult to receive,” said Hannah Gibbs (’21).

One of the most common requests heard among students was reducing the size of the presentation to make it take less time. “I think it could be better done if there were more dates and times available with a smaller size of sophomores attending. Or the information could be distributed by advisors in meetings,” said Lafranchi.

In addition to the symposium having limited times and taking quite a while, some students were unable to attend due to other commitments. “It makes me upset that a time could not be scheduled for those involved with the arts, or even having a separate make up session for those who could not attend. My only two options were to skip my choir class or my night class, which only meets once a week,” said Brad Skellenger (’22).

Blake Jonassen (’22) said, “although I was not forced to miss any obligations, I was rushing from my job as a T.A. to get there on time even after moving around schedules to make it fit.”

Some students say that the symposium could have been more easily attended had more notice been given. “I was unaware that I was going to have to attend this event until the week before it happened,” said Gibbs. “Had I been informed earlier, I could have moved some things and not cancelled plans I had already made. Additionally, I feel that I could have learned everything I was told by going to the CSO, making an appointment or looking online.”

While many students who had been on campus already knew most of the information given to them at sophomore symposium, some students who transferred in learned quite a bit.

“Since I am a transfer student, I definitely learned a lot by attending,” said Morgan Gust (’21). “I did not know how soon I needed to be applying for the venture grant and any other grants. I also didn’t know how soon I needed to start thinking about spring term and summer internships. It definitely lit a fire under me to get going with all my applications.”

Even though students felt like their time could have been used better elsewhere, many also had solutions on how to more efficiently handle the Symposium. “I think there could have been a more efficient way to organize the first portion of the symposium where we walked around and looked at everyone’s posters. There was a lot of really great information there, but with so many people in such a small space, it was hard to navigate,” said Gust.

Scots outwork opponents


Photo by Allison Woodland

The Alma College women’s soccer team travelled down to Indiana this past weekend to face the Franklin College Grizzlies and Anderson University Ravens. The Scots srew with the Ravens on Saturday (Sep. 14) and defeated the Grizzlies on Sunday (Sep. 15).

“It was our first test on the road, which was fun, and we went south so the weather was a lot hotter”, said Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Megan Gorsuch. A 1-1 tie was the final score of Saturday’s game against Anderson University. Lily Stephan (’23) scored the lone goal for the Scots with an assist from Dakota Booher (’23).

“I think you walk away with that tie knowing you could’ve won and it gives you the extra push to not want that feeling again”, said Gorsuch.

The second game of the weekend finished in a 2-0 win for Alma over Franklin college. Lexi Russell (’22) and Ashley Oldham (’22) both shared goals that contributed to the Scots’ victory. Taylor LeMasters (’20) also contributed with the only assist of the game.

“I’ve been super impressed with the composure of the freshmen. We have a lot of freshmen who are starting and a lot of freshmen who are giving me impactful minutes and I think they’ve all handled it well in terms of the maturity and composure that comes when they play”, said Gorsuch.

The women’s golf team played in the first MIAA Jamboree of the season on Saturday, Sep. 14th. The tournament was hosted by Alma and took place at the Pine River Country Club. The Scots along with Hope College shared the runner-up title as they finished in a tie.

Number one on the leader board for Alma was Morgan Yates (’23) who shot a score of 82 and tied for 9th place overall. Jennifer Kowalczyk (’20) followed closely behind with a score 83 that landed her at a tie for 12th place.

“I am very happy with my finish this tournament. As a senior, I was excited to play in our conference opener and my last home tournament, I knew going into the day I just wanted to have fun and try to play my best for the team”, said Kowalczyk.

Grace Grelak (’21) and Kirstyn Cotton (’21) also scored for the scots. Grelak shot an 86 and finished with a tie at 21st place. Cotton tied for 36th place with a score of 91. The team will compete in 4 total MIAA Jamboree’s this season.

“The team performed up to our expectations. Out of the eight players on the team, we had five scores in the 80s which in our conference we would take any day”, said Kowalczyk. Men’s golf also competed over the weekend at the Irish Hills Invitational which was hosted by Adrian College at The Grande Golf Club. The team had a 12th place finish overall.

Andrew Curran (’23) and Tait Morrissey (’21) led the Scots’ in the two-day tournament as they both shot a two day total of 165. Both Curran and Morrissey tied for 47th place. Luke Lamoreaux (’20) shot a two-day score of 169 which put him at 58th place individually. Eli Pinter (’22) shot a score of 171 over the two days and finished in a tie for 60th place. JP McDonald (’22) also scored for the Scot’s with a score of 193.

Men’s Football secured their first win of the regular season against Manchester University in Indiana on September 14. The Scots’ football team travelled down to Indiana and dominated with a score of 35-7.

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