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The Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team traveled to Houghton, Mich. to take on Michigan Tech in the first round of the GLIAC tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The match saw the Lakers take the court for the last time this season as they lost in three sets 25-15, 25-23 and 25-23.
The Huskies dominated the first game hitting .485 with 18 kills and two errors to GVSU’s .231 hitting percentage, 13 kills and four errors. Set two would fare a little better for GVSU, as they rallied back but came up short to lose 25-23.
Zach Panning and Sarah Berger were crowned GLIAC Runners of the Year following the conclusion of the 2018 GLIAC cross country season on Nov. 3. If you asked the two about what this accomplishment means to them, though, it becomes apparent what type of teammates they are.
Members of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) visited the campuses of Grand Valley State University recently in order to reaffirm the university’s accreditation, a process that occurs every ten years. This audit ensures the university is maintaining its commitment in educating the next generation of college students and is preparing them for the workforce.
One of the special parts of football in Michigan is the unpredictability of weather. To begin the season, the No. 8 ranked Grand Valley State Lakers played in temperatures over 80 degrees.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, that same team entered the same stadium in sub-freezing temperatures with snow on the ground and beat the Wayne State Warriors 45-21. With the victory, the Lakers finish the regular season 10-1(8-1 GLIAC) and will now prepare for the NCAA Division II postseason.
Celebrities, artists and experts on all things pop-culture flocked to Grand Rapids this during the weekend of Nov. 9 for the third annual Comic-Con. Comic-Con is a national convention that showcases multi-genre entertainment as well as everything from the gaming and comic realms.
Comic-Con returned to the DeVos Place on Friday, Nov. 9 and continued through Sunday, Nov. 11. Fans were lined out the door, bearing Grand Rapids' first snowfall of the season as they waited in anticipation to enter. The guests who attended were fans with a passion for superheroes, anime, collectible merchandise, gaming and comics.
While living in the #MeToo era, more and more people feel empowered to use their voice and stand up for themselves when they are assaulted and are feeling more safe to be vocal about their past experiences.
Law enforcement officials, schools and authority figures everywhere are taking sexual violence claims far more seriously than they used to, even in recent years, and reputable establishments know they will be lynched if they don’t appropriately address allegations of this nature.
In the political world, I’ve always lived by one rule: keep your political opinions and who you vote for to yourself. Growing up, my dad had a list of things you don’t talk about with others, including personal finances, religious views and politics. Prior to this year’s midterm elections, I followed that list, and I did so out of both privacy and courtesy. But it took this round of elections to change why I did that.
On Saturday Nov. 3, a rape was reported to local police shortly after midnight. The Grand Valley student reportedly told officers they had been raped after being given a drink with unknown substances in the Alpine Apartment complex located near the Allendale campus.
Ottawa County investigators determined on Tuesday that the rape in question did not occur and nobody had been drugged at the party.
Grand Valley’s College of Education undergraduate education programs will be seeing some changes in the next few years. These changes come directly from the state of Michigan who have requested that all teacher education programs be revised no later than 2021. Most of these revisions will be reflected in coursework that is specialized to the grade bands students are studying to teach.
On Friday, Nov. 2, Grand Valley State University hosted their 22nd Annual Multicultural Seminar in the Kirkhof Center. Each year, the seminar focuses on a different social justice and or diversity issue.
This year, the one-day conference titled “Healing the Trauma of Exploitation,” explored the narratives and neurological development of human trafficking victims in the United States. The event was put on to help create cultures where recovery from trafficking can take place, as well as to provide students and audience members with resources, interventions and warning signs for human trafficking victims in health settings.
According to data presented by College Factual, the nationwide college freshman retention rate is approximately 72 percent. US News reports that Grand Valley State University’s retention rate — which they consider to be “an indicator of student satisfaction” — is currently at 84 percent. While this number is higher than the national average, GVSU officials are continuing to work on improving freshman retention rates through the recent implementation of the Student Success Network Program.
In October, Grand Valley State University announced that there will be two new awards given out to students and faculty alike in honor of former provost Gayle R. Davis.
Davis is also the former executive vice president for academic and student affairs, and though she retired from her career at GVSU in 2017, her legacy carries on.
These increases in enrollment have implications for Grand Valley State University, as many GRCC students eventually transfer to GVSU by satisfying the requirements of the Michigan Transfer Agreement. The agreement allows core courses across many Michigan institutions to be transferable to other universities within the state, making it more convenient for students to pursue a degree by enrolling in community college classes, then transferring to a four-year institution.
As students around campus bust out their winter coats, the best time of year comes upon us. The start of the Grand Valley State basketball season is finally here, and the 2018-19 team is prepared to rule the GLIAC.
The path to success for GVSU will be lead by sophomore Jake Van Tubbergen, who was recently named to the preseason All-GLIAC South Division team. This isn’t the first prestigious GLIAC honor that Van Tubbergen has earned, being that he is the reigning GLIAC Freshmen of the Year and a former second team All-GLIAC nominee.
The Grand Valley State volleyball team took to the road this past weekend to play their final two regular season games before going into the GLIAC tournament, traveling to Wisconsin to take on Wisconsin-Parkside and to Indiana to take on Purdue Northwest. The Lakers would split the matches, making them 1-1 on the weekend and bringing them to 13-14 on the season.
According to Greek mythology, Athena is a goddess known for her courage, strength and wisdom. Today, these characteristics are brought to life through ATHENA Connections, a program focused on connecting students to leaders in West Michigan.
This Friday, Nov. 9 from 12 to 2 p.m., the Seidman College of Business is hosting ATHENA Connections at the L. William Seidman Center located in downtown Grand Rapids. At the event, students will learn about the ATHENA Leadership Model, which focuses on eight tenets: Authentic Self, Relationships, Giving Back, Collaboration, Courageous Acts, Learning, Fierce Advocacy and Celebration and Joy.
Students, faculty, staff and community members gathered in the hundreds around the Cook Carillon Tower on Monday, Oct. 29 with candles in hand to honor the 11 lives lost during the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh the weekend prior. The candlelight vigil and concurrent speeches were organized by students from Hillel and Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish campus organization and Jewish fraternity respectively.
Beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 31, the exhibit brought together several Martian-themed elements including approximately 40 photographs, movie posters and book covers, as well as drawings and video projections spotlighting Mars. One of the highlighting components of the exhibit included a showcase of Martian-themed toys and collectibles from a private collection based out of Chicago.
In a season where the play on the ice has looked fairly easy thus far, the Grand Valley State DII men’s club hockey team faced their toughest test of the year against the Trine Thunder on Friday, Nov. 2.
In the words of head coach Carl Trosien, GVSU did not come out sharp and ready to play against Trine.
“I think we came out a little flat, a little unprepared,” Trosien said. “They kind of controlled the first period and we got out of there 0-0 and then in the second period we made some special teams mistakes that allowed them to gain some breathing room.”
On Friday, Nov. 9, Delta Phi Lambda Sorority will be hosting their annual Global Gala in order to showcase the different cultures at Grand Valley State University. This event will take place at the Grand River Room in the Kirkhof Center 2250 at 6 p.m.
The event will consist of a variety of performances by student organizations, as well as free food and raffle prizes.
“I am excited to be able to bring people together,” said Jennifer Ung, Co-Planning Chair of the event and President of Delta Phi Lambda Sorority. “With a lot of hate and differences in this world, it is important to bring people together through common interests.”