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Photography Senior Show

Published April 17, 2013

The Grand Valley State University senior photography students arent required to show their work in the thesis exhibit before graduating. If their projects arent fully developed or ready to be displayed they wont even be allowed to participate in the showcase.



Music venue opens in Allendale, supports mission in India

Published April 17, 2013

Watch out Grand Rapids there is a new music venue in West Michigan. And with an Allendale location its only a few minutes away from Grand Valley State Universitys campus which is perfect for targeting its main audience students.



Student creates new place for personal introductions

Published April 10, 2013

The standard personal introduction of Hello a handshake and maybe an awkward smile is formal and boring. It lacks creativity and intimacy and Elizabeth Uitvlugt wanted to do something about it.



Muskegon Museum of Art collaboration gives students professional experience

Published April 3, 2013

Through a collaboration established by Ellen Sprouls the Grand Valley State University Art Gallery education coordinator three poetry students and two saxophone student quartets are getting professional performance experience at the Muskegon Museum of Art.



Sir Ken Robinson Spreads Creativity, Innovation

Published March 27, 2013

The point where talent meets passion is what New York Times best-selling author and world-renowned leader in education and creativity development Sir Ken Robinson describes as the element.



AWOLNATION plays Grand Rapids, talks new album release

Published March 27, 2013

Aaron Bruno lead singer and creative mastermind behind AWOLNATION is finally getting to make the follow-up sophomore album he always wanted.The electronic rock band from Los Angeles broke into the worlds spotlight with their multi-platinum single Sail which has been featured around the world in media outlets including several TV shows Hollywood films and ad campaigns.



Macklemore plays ‘Best show of 2013, hands down’ at Michigan State University

Published March 20, 2013

There was no shortage of fur coats or thrift shop finds at Michigan State University Tuesday night as thousands of fans packed the Breslin Center to see one of hip-hops hottest new artists.And after MSU students broke out in a Go Green Go White chant amping up energy in the almost sold-out venue Macklemore knew exactly where he was.I see why Magic Johnson went to this school he said to the crowd.



St. Patrick Day invades downtown Grand Rapids

Published March 13, 2013

Warning green-wearing people drinking green beer and listening to Celtic music are invading Grand Rapids this Saturday.



Student writers suit-up for black-tie event

Published March 13, 2013

As the fishladder faculty advisor Caitlin Horrocks read a sneak-preview poem from the unreleased 2013 edition editor-in-chief Kathryn Willis had never been happier.



Brian Regan comes to Grand Rapids, nearly sells-out two LaughFest shows

Published March 13, 2013

In eighth grade Brian Regans peers made a pamphlet listing what each person was going to be when they grew up. His was unknowingly to himself yet comedian.



Stuck in Grand Rapids

Published February 27, 2013

If a packed suitcase airplane tickets and warmer weather arent in your near future or dont seem to be fitting into your college-student budget dont worry.



Students get controversial with Performance Studio Series play ‘The Shape of Things’

Published February 20, 2013

After applying for a directing position with the Performance Studio Series Grand Valley State University senior Jason Flannery wanted to choose a script that had meaning.I had been tossing around a lot of scripts and the one I initially applied for was a lot more controversial actually But I was really just searching for something I felt I could relate to Flannery said.



Graduate student shares family connection to Titanic

Published February 13, 2013

On April 14 1912 the Titanic struck an iceberg and did exactly what everyone said it couldnt sink claiming more than 1500 lives. More than 100 years later the sinking remains to be one of the worlds most devastating and fascinating shipwrecks. The stories from that cold night continue to live on depicted through Hollywood films grim underwater footage and the latest exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum Titanic The Artifact Exhibition.



Big Gigantic plays Orbit Room in Grand Rapids

Published February 6, 2013

Since Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken first started Big Gigantic in 2008 they havent stopped booking shows or gaining fans. And in an electronic dance genre that has seen a lot of new artists it seems as if theyve made it well big. But for Lalli his Big Gigantic dreams arent over yet. Every day he gets better and sets more goals for the duo.



Graduate transitions from student to professor

Published January 30, 2013

BreeAnn Veenstra knows her way around Grand Valley State Universitys art and design program. Four years ago she practically lived in the Calder Art Center while finishing up her degree in illustration.



Students ‘step forward in art education’

Published January 23, 2013

Last November Emily Horvat and Michelle Haapla took a step forward in pursuing their art education degrees in a room filled with special needs children their parents and as surplus of art supplies.



David James goes from GV graduate to series author

Published January 9, 2013

Staring up at the night sky as a child in Michigans Upper Peninsula surrounded by nature and a warm bonfire David James wondered what bigger things were out there next to the stars and planets.



Dorm room hip-hop: Nate Paulson style

Published November 28, 2012

Nate Paulson knows that not every hip-hop lyric has to have a deep meaning but it does have to be good. And thats exactly what the Grand Valley State University senior is trying to prove he has what it takes to be a good hip-hop artist.



Eddie Ifft comes as ‘funniest comedian in Grand Valley’ Nov. 15

Published November 14, 2012

There was a three-year time period when comedian Eddie Ifft tried to be serious but luckily for the comedy world it didnt work out.



Visiting artist shows students another side of printmaking

Published November 7, 2012

Brooklyn N.Y. printmaker Josh MacPhee never had any formal art training. He doesnt hold a traditional gallery-style view of art.