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The No. 15 Grand Valley State women’s basketball team scored. Then they scored again. Then again. Then again, and they scored themselves all the way to two blowout wins at home during the weekend with a 94-61 drubbing of the previously undefeated No. 1 Ashland Eagles on Thursday, Dec. 6 and a 73-42 victory over the Wayne State Warriors on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Over the course of the two games, the Lakers never trailed and led for 118 minutes and 53 seconds out of 120 minutes of in-game time.
When you entered Fieldhouse Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 27, there was a buzz in the air; a certain amount of electricity that most sports fans are familiar with this time of year.
With Grand Valley State cheerleaders on one baseline and the GVSU dance team on the other, warm-up music blared over the sound system as Special Olympics basketball players from Area 5 at Ferris State and Area 12 at GVSU went through their warm up routines.
Sexual assaults have recently been in the spotlight here at Grand Valley State University, with at least one sexual assault being reported to the Grand Valley Police Department (GVPD) each week since the beginning of the semester. With this in mind, GVSU Senior Justin Robinson decided to attend a Student Senate meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15 to share his ideas on how to curb sexual assaults on and around campus.
At the meeting, Robinson presented three ideas, which include a volunteer patrol group, weekly marketing of self-defense classes and a pepper spray fundraiser.
On Saturday Dec. 10, students graduating from Grand Valley State University will gather to celebrate their achievements during the university’s winter commencement ceremony. The event will stand as a finale for many students as they transition from the classroom into established careers within their fields. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and will be held at Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids.
The Curatorial Studio course and the Sustainable Agricultural program collaborated to present a collection of interdisciplinary and multimedia artists at the “Systems Processing” art exhibition. The event was held at the Sustainable Agriculture Project in Allendale, and it took place on Nov. 29 and 30.
The art exhibit was organized by professor Dulcee Boehm’s Curatorial Studio course. The course was structured to teach students how to curate a show and the curriculum allowed the students to experience the development of the “Systems Processing” exhibit, a project the students worked on for a large portion of the semester.
A handful of Grand Valley State University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts students gave an “Artist Talks” presentation on Friday, Nov. 30 at the Mary Idema Pew Library as part of their Senior Seminar course. Each of the six seniors gave a presentation about their creative process, inspiration and work.
In honor of World AIDS Day last week, Grand Valley’s Student Services and Inclusion and Equity Departments teamed together to put on several events for the local community to create and spread awareness on Friday, Dec. 1.
Since its introduction in 2015 by First Lady of Michigan Sue Snyder, the State of Michigan has been appropriating annual funding to universities to combat sexual assault through Michigan’s Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program. This year, the state appropriated a total of one million dollars to 22 Michigan universities, with Grand Valley State University receiving $248,039 — the largest proportion of funds given out to any school.
The 21st annual Uptown Holiday Shop Hop is a perfect time for students to visit the downtown Grand Rapids community, which has supported GVSU since its beginning. This event, which will occur on Dec. 6 from 4 to 10 p.m., spans the four business districts of East Fulton, East Hills, Eastown and Wealthy Street. More than 70 businesses are involved in this event which will feature special deals, Christmas carolers, holiday treats and more. This will insure an evening filled with shopping and holiday cheer.
“It is a day that we encourage the community, shoppers and audience members to come in, interact with our stores, and shop local for the holiday season and to just experience Uptown with friends and family,” said Collin Bailey Jonkman, the marketing and events manager for Uptown.
Approximately 20 students within Grand Valley State University’s Visual and Media Arts Department are now showcasing their semester-long projects, in which they aimed to represent their collegiate educational experiences.
The displayed works will include students from various majors within the art department. The projects include graphic design, photography, metals, printmaking, painting, visual studies and illustration. “Command + N” was the first of five exhibitions to be showcased, kicking off the senior showcase on Nov. 26.
Grand Valley’s English Language Studies program is hosting 15 high-ranking members of the Colombian National Police (CNP) until Dec 7, teaching them English language skills to improve their police work in Colombia. The visiting CNP group at GVSU includes one colonel, three lieutenant colonels, ten majors and one captain. The officers will be studying a total of four weeks and have been living in the on-campus apartments during their studies.
The Grand Valley State men’s golf team recently signed four new golfers for the 2019-20 season. Drew Coble, Charles DeLong, Alex Jordan and Nick Krueger are all golfers who have racked up accomplishments in their high school careers.
With the graduation of one of the team's best senior classes ever, the four recruits will be coming into next season with expectations to contribute right away, as head coach Gary Bissell reflects on how good it is, and how good it can be.
After beating Lee 3-0 on Thursday, Nov. 29, the undefeated Grand Valley State women's soccer team fell in the national title game 1-0 to Bridgeport on Saturday, Dec. 1 to finish the season as national runner-ups in Pittsburgh, Penn.
The Grand Valley State men’s basketball played lockdown defense to win their first two GLIAC matchups this season. They traveled to the other side of Lake Michigan on Thursday, Nov. 29 to beat Wisconsin-Parkside 88-77 before traveling again on Saturday, Dec. 1 to defeat Purdue Northwest 79-62.
The old cliché in football also reigns true for basketball: defense wins championships, or perhaps conference championships. Head coach Ric Wesley has loved the defensive improvement as he attributes it to the team's hot start in conference play.
Currently, Grand Valley State University has the fourth lowest tuition rate and third lowest housing rate in the State of Michigan. Several factors contribute to how the university sets these rates including state funding, administrative costs and university bonds. GVSU’s spanning construction boom may be coming to an end soon, which could impact tuition prices.
Grand Valley State University invited Ela Ben-Ur to speak at both the Allendale and Grand Rapids campus on Nov. 27 and 28. Students and faculty alike were able to learn about a new design thinking process, The Innovator’s Compass, through her interactive workshops and presentations.
One of the definitive traits of the holiday season is festive and joyful Christmas music which can be heard everywhere from the supermarket to concert hall. In keeping with this tradition, the Department of Music at Grand Valley State University will present a collaborative holiday concert featuring Robert Shaw’s “Many Moods of Christmas,” and this will conclude the events of the 2018 Fall Arts Celebration.
The No. 16 ranked Grand Valley State women’s basketball team trailed both Wisconsin-Parkside and Purdue-Northwest after the first quarters of their games on Thursday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Dec. 1. They won both games by a combined 43 points, beating the UWP Rangers 67-50 and the PUN Pride 75-49 over the weekend.
Members of the Grand Valley State University community spent the last week scraping off their cars, bundling up with gloves and scarves and trudging through ice and snow to get to classes on time. Winter weather is here to stay, and Grand Valley Police Department reminds students and staff alike to drive responsibly this season.
“Compared to the last month, we’ve seen more accidents the last couple weeks on roadways and in parking lots. We’ve have 16 crash reports for the month of November so far,” said GVPD Captain Jeff Stoll.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is on the defending end of a lawsuit citings its preference of personal branding and profits over the protection of its athletes. Filed by attorney Vincent Circelli representing a variety of former NCAA athletes — with the majority of athletes being former football players — the lawsuit could result in damages in the hundreds of millions of dollars.