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Technically speaking, "The Greatest Showman" is a biographical film about the life of P.T. Barnum, a man who was many things—a politician, con man, author, philanthropist—but primarily, at least according to himself, an entertainer. Since Barnum was historically infamous for his opinion that entertainment is most enjoyable at its least truthful, it makes a lot of sense that a movie allegedly depicting his life story would be almost entirely fictional.
Heading into their weekend series, the Grand Valley State men’s basketball team knew they had a mighty task to overcome.
That task was taking on the current No. 1 and No. 2 teams in an extremely competitive and physical Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) in just a three-day span: Ferris State and Lake Superior State, respectively.
Sometimes, Grand Valley State University offers the community an opportunity to see the talent of its professors or colleagues on display. Three writers from GVSU's Writers Series—Ander Monson, Patricia Clark and Maggie Smith—have their poetry featured in the exhibit “Arranged Objects: A Few Good Bones," which opened this month in the Mary Idema Pew Library Exhibition Space.
Hundreds of feet crunched through the freshly fallen snow on Grand Valley State University's Allendale Campus, united in silence as a call to remember the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. By taking part in the annual Silent March at GVSU, participants were able to step into his shoes while silently reflecting on the impact his legacy continues to have.
Christy Coleman took on the task of answering questions about the past when she started her work as a history interpreter years ago. On Tuesday, Jan. 16, she was at Grand Valley State University doing the same.
Monday, Jan. 15, marked the 32nd observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a holiday dedicated to the famous civil rights activist who championed racial equality and human rights during the 1960s. In celebration of the holiday, Grand Valley State University is hosting an MLK Day of Service and Solidarity on Saturday, Jan. 20, where students and faculty can engage and volunteer in local communities in the greater Grand Rapids area in honor of King.
In downtown Grand Rapids, anchored by the Van Andel Research Institute, is the Grand Rapids SmartZone. Created in 2001, it has been a pillar of technological innovation and research in West Michigan, empowering businesses and researchers to grow and make advancements in their fields. The SmartZone Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) has recently given Grand Valley State University a chance to experience that same technological growth, awarding them over $1 million for several initiatives and projects.
Recently, a team of researchers from Grand Valley State University, Rush University and the Van Andel Research Institute received a $500,000 grant to test a possible cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD). The grant was provided by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
In Hollywood, there are Oscars for actors and Grammys for musicians, but at Grand Valley State University, there is the Kenneth R. Venderbush Student Leadership Award for one outstanding senior who demonstrates academic success as well as leadership skills.
This weekend, the Grand Valley State University theater department will be hosting the world premiere of the play "Anton, Himself: First and Last." Theater professor Roger Ellis will be performing as Russian playwright Anton Chekhov on Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, in the Haas Center for Performing Arts.
January is Stalking Awareness Month, and the Grand Valley State University Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity decided to help make GVSU students aware of this with a presentation held Tuesday, Jan. 16. The hour-long presentation informed a small group of Lakers about the dangers of stalking and resources available on campus.
With each winter semester comes a whole new class of soon-to-be-graduating seniors. Finally, I find myself in that grouping of students and, like most of the people who share my status, I could not be more excited. But if you’re like me, you’re experiencing full-blown senioritis, too. I am just so ready to walk across that stage and grab my diploma. Nevertheless, even with that thought in the back of my mind, I think it’s really important that we all push ourselves to finish out strong.
“On a scale of one to 10, how bad is the pain?” You’ve probably become quite familiar with this question, as it’s asked at doctors’ offices around the world. Doctors are always focusing on numbers. They ask when symptoms started, they take blood tests and body scans, and so on. This is because today’s health system is using a biomedical approach.
Grand Valley State University’s mission is rooted in shaping students' lives, professions and societies. Travus Burton, who has recently been named the director for civic learning and community engagement at GVSU, will be promoting that same mission in his new position.
The Padnos International Center will host its study-abroad fair Thursday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Henry Hall Atrium. Students interested in seeing what study abroad is all about are welcome to browse the different programs and speak to students who have participated in them.
On Wednesday, Jan. 17, Grand Valley State University continued its honoring of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting Bree Newsome for a keynote speech on the Allendale Campus.
After a series of productive performances at the Bob Eubanks Open on Saturday, Jan. 13, four members of the Grand Valley State men’s and women’s track and field teams were rewarded with GLIAC weekly honors, sweeping all four categories.
The Grand Valley State University organization ACES, which is centered on education about alcohol and other drugs, will be hosting a 12-step meeting on Monday, Jan. 22, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Room 0073.
The Grand Valley State women's basketball team will face off against Lake Superior State on Thursday, Jan. 18, and against Ferris State on Saturday, Jan. 20.
As practice is winding down, members of the Grand Valley State swimming team do one last rotation of 50 yards before exiting the pool. They’re all on the same page, crawling their way to the finish one by one.
In the middle of the pack is Moritz Bartels, a freshman distance swimmer who is wrapping up an intense race with fellow distance swimmer Dayen Wilson. Bartels gets out of the pool with a wide smile on his face, seemingly not phased by the fact that he just swam 1,200 yards during the practice.