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Momentum gives back to the community through dance

Published March 26, 2014

While some dance concerts main function is only to spotlight performers talents Momentum is also committed to proving that dance can be used to benefit the community.



Early Music Ensemble brings Baroque music to a modern audience

Published March 19, 2014

The concept of classical music is sometimes used as an umbrella term encompassing all genres of orchestral music and more.



Local restaurants offer St. Patrick's-themed food and entertainment

Published March 16, 2014

Today over 34.7 million Americans claim Irish ancestry according to the 2010 U.S. census. Theres no better way for Grand Valley State University students to celebrate that heritage than to take advantage of all the events Grand Rapids has planned for today.



Weekend listings 3/13-3/15

Published March 12, 2014

Whether you8217re ethnically Irish and proud or have no idea what a Blarney Stone is one thing is for sure- everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick8217s Day.



Concert offers alternative celebration to St. Patrick's Day indulgence

Published March 12, 2014

St. Patricks Day is typically a day that college students devote to guzzling green beer and proudly proclaiming any if at all Irish heritage. The Olde World Music Club of Grand Valley State University is offering an alternative for those who want to enjoy the day without taking part in traditional celebrations.



Michigan Psych Night puts the spotlight on psych rock

Published February 26, 2014

What is psych rock music A tribute to the surf rock of the sixties Or rather has it become an umbrella term encompassing everything that might once have been considered garage music The upcoming Michigan Psych Night may help attendees decide for themselves.



Brad Fritcher trois makes Jammies debut

Published February 23, 2014

New talent rubbed elbows with some of Grand Rapids most recognized and celebrated groups at Friday nights installment of WYCEs Jammy Awards. Brad Fritcher trois a jazz quartet made up of several students from Grand Valley State University attended for the first time and in doing so only added to its growing reputation.



'Beyond Therapy' finds humor in the absurd

Published February 19, 2014

If you take psychological suffering in the right frame of mind you can find the humor in it.



GVSU interns pull together to make GRFF happen

Published February 12, 2014

Internships. While some bemoan tasks that may seem like thankless uncompensated work others find internships that truly enrich their learning experience. The interns of the Grand Rapids Film Festival can attest to the latter.



Bryan Jackson takes homes first place in Last Laker Standing competition

Published February 9, 2014

On Saturday the final round of Grand Valley State Universitys Last Laker Standing competition sponsored by Spotlight Productions took place. The final installment of the stand-up comedy contest featured five finalists selected by votes from audience members and a panel of judges in previous rounds. The finalists featured were Ren Rodriguez Jarrett Weber Luis Valencia Bryan Jackson and Lawrence Ensminger.



Recital shows off virtuosic playing

Published February 5, 2014

On Tuesday the Grand Valley State University String Trio made its debut at GVSU. Joined by clarinetist Arthur Campbell the group showcased two pieces one important to the clarinet and the other educational for string players.



DAAC implements crowdfunding campaign

Published January 29, 2014

After its sudden eviction last July some people may have thought that was the end of the Division Arts Avenue Collective.



Event gives students a chance to meet 'actual Arabs'

Published December 1, 2013

People joined hands and clapped while the band fronted by singer Emad Batayeh led the celebration. The dabke a traditional Arab line dance was in full swing and Grand Valley State University students rushed to join those already dancing at last weeks Arabian Night.



Def Jam showcases the poetry behind rap

Published November 24, 2013

It may have been 18 degrees outside but that did not stop students from traveling to Grand Valley State Universitys Kirkhof Center on Saturday night. The relaxed crowd was made up of everyone from musicians to poetry lovers who had come to check out the third annual Def Jam hosted by the GVSU chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.



Haunted Halls takes a new twist

Published October 25, 2013

There may be rumors of ghosts haunting the halls of Grand Valley State Universitys Kistler and Copeland Living Centers but on Oct. 31 from 8 p.m to 11 p.m. these halls will be transformed into a real-life nightmare.



Homecoming week connects students and alumni

Published October 20, 2013

This past week Grand Valley State University followed the yellow brick road into Homecoming Week. Transforming GVSU into a place that can usually only be accessed by cyclone both students and alumni got into the spirit.



Steve Aoki concert attracts lively crowd

Published October 20, 2013

Grand Valley State University got a taste of raging electronic dance music Thursday night with this years Homecoming Concert featuring DJ Steve Aoki. Taking place in the universitys Fieldhouse the beat enticed plenty of students as well as non-students to dance.



Double, double toil, and trouble

Published October 13, 2013

Smirking jack-o-lanterns enough candy to rot teeth and the ability to become someoneor somethingelse for a night yes it8217s Halloween again. Many diehards have had their costume planned since Nov. 1 of last year but if youre one of the scramblers who plan their ensemble the day of have no fear because the Lanthorn has you covered.



Middle East Film Festival exposes students to culture, not politics

Published October 13, 2013

Between the War on Terror and the current debate to go to war with Syria some Americans have skewed ideas of what Middle Eastern culture is actually like. On Oct. 8 Grand Valley State University played host to the Middle East Film Festival an event meant to attract students from all backgrounds and educate the community on Middle Eastern culture.



Study Abroad Fair opens new doors

Published October 6, 2013

The Study Abroad Fair at Grand Valley State University strives to bring students an opportunity to explore several different countries at once while remaining in the U.S.