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‘Buddy the Elf’ lookalike brings smiles to GV campuses

(12/09/12 2:55pm)

Have you seen Buddy the Elf strolling around the Grand Valley State University campuses lately? We assure you, he’s not an end-of-the-semester stress-induced hallucination. Buddy has been brought to life at GVSU by student Dave Westra, who has become the character for the past three years as a stress reliever for himself and his fellow students around the end of the fall semester.


Mens rowing go shirtless for calendar fundraiser

(01/06/13 3:36pm)

Grand Valley State University’s men’s rowing team spent a morning shirtless out in the cold, posing for photographs in preparation of their 2013 calendar, which will be part of a fundraiser for their international competition in England this summer. The idea originally came from Team Captain and Treasurer Chad Condon’s mother and his girlfriend, but he shied away from it until he talked to the team and realized how into it they were. “We got the idea from the New York City Fire Fighter calendars and more revealing calendars that other teams have done, so it is full of pictures of attractive men with their shirts off in a variety of settings,” said team member Justin Wegner. Condon’s brother, who attends Kendall College of Art and Design, took all of the photos and his aunt went through later and picked the best 12. “All of the profits from the calendar go directly toward paying for the team to compete in England this summer at the Henley Royal Regatta,” Wegner said.


Kappa Sigma gains charter at GV

(01/20/13 6:20pm)

In 2009, Grand Valley State University student, Eric Broadworth, started joking with a friend about starting up another fraternity at the university. What Broadworth and the other men interested in Kappa Sigma did not know, was that the Interfraternity Council had an expansion plan in place, which included specific procedures involved in becoming a fraternity at GVSU, and the confusion left the Greek community under the impression that Kappa Sigma was not a real fraternity.


Startup Cup Competition showcases student business ideas

(01/27/13 6:05pm)

As Program Coordinator for the Grand Valley State University Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and President of the Student Enterprise Association (SEA), Ulandra Reynolds knows a thing or two about business plans and being an entrepreneur. She doesn’t stop just there though, she has created the Startup Cup Competition as a way for other students to showcase their business ideas for a chance to win some extra cash.




GV’s Amnesty International hosts Statewide Convention

(02/03/13 7:06pm)

On Feb. 2, Grand Valley State University’s Amnesty International chapter hosted the 2013 Michigan Statewide Conference. Amnesty International is a worldwide organization with over 2 million members dedicated to human rights issues, such as children’s rights, immigrant’s rights, LGBT rights, death penalty and more than 20 other issues.


Tap in to the best the city has to offer during this year’s Grand Rapids Beer Week

(02/17/13 6:13pm)

Beer Week has arrived and what better way to celebrate than checking out some of West Michigan’s very own brews? Grand Rapids is Beer City U.S.A., after all. Make sure to hit up some of this week’s events and get your fair share of craft beer. We’ve picked out a few hot spots but the list doesn’t end here.