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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.
The Grand Valley State men’s and women’s cross country teams both won national titles at the 2018 NCAA Division II Championships in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Dec. 1. The national title was the first in program history for the men, and the women’s squad continued to add to their dynasty with their sixth national title since 2010. The Lakers became only the third Division II program to ever win both titles in the same year.
Grand Valley State University students are starting their preparation for their final weeks of the fall semester. With the stress of finals week approaching, this time of the year usually means students have little to no time for relaxation.
Exam Cram was created in order for the campus to express their awareness of the stress that finals bring students. Exam Cram takes place the week before and week of finals. Throughout these two weeks, campus partners recognize the stress put upon students during finals and collaborate to support students by offering a variety of programming.
The recent announcement of a new lawsuit accusing the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) of being “in favor of profits and self-promotion” over the safety of its players may sound like a large claim to some, but it rings as a repetitive headline to many. The new lawsuit sound eerily similar to an accusation filed in August that hits close to home: a lawsuit filed by the widow of the late Grand Valley State University quarterback Cullen Finnerty.
Though it’s too late for the side salads of countless Thanksgiving dinners, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is finally rolling back some of their warnings about E. coli in romaine lettuce. Whether “you should be fine as long as you don’t eat any from California” will be enough to reassure consumers about romaine’s safety remains to be seen; I for one will certainly be side-eyeing the options at the salad bar for the foreseeable future. If one thing can be sure, it’s that much like November, December is going to be a great month to own an iceberg lettuce farm.
The undefeated Grand Valley State women’s soccer team is headed to the Division II NCAA national championship. The Lakers faced off with Lee on Thursday, Nov. 29 in the semi-final game in Pittsburgh, Penn, winning 3-0. They will now prepare for Bridgeport on Saturday, Dec. 1. GVSU continues with a record of 25-0-1, and Lee ends their season at 17-7-1.
Grand Valley State University's current transportation system operates through the Rapid bus system that connects several apartment complexes to both Allendale and Pew campuses. At a recent Student Senate meeting, the idea for expanding transportation into more parts of Allendale was discussed. Currently, the furthest west the Rapid bus can go is its stop at Becker and University drive. Student Senate President Rachel Jenkin and several local businesses are hoping to provide transportation for students that goes further west into Allendale.
While of the student body was at home visiting family for Thanksgiving break, the Grand Valley State men's basketball team was busy adding another win to their record, beating Grace Christian 87-70 in a home match-up.
With Grace Christian running a two-three zone for the majority of the game, the Lakers started out with a lack of energy, but got ah old of how to handle the defense as the game went along.
Grand Valley State University wants to ensure its students’ safety is a top priority in both on and off campus housing. Although GVSU’s campus does not have the notable blue phones most first division universities have, there are multiple resources available to students who need protection when walking at night.
On Tuesday, Nov. 20, Grand Valley State University professors Michael Drost and Tim Froncek organized a jazz concert that took place at the Louis Armstrong Theatre located in the Haas Center of Performing Arts on the Allendale Campus. The performance contained both a jazz orchestra and smaller-scale jazz combo performances, directed by Froncek and Drost. In order to organize the concert, the two combined their many years of experience with their respective directorial positions to help assist with directing, teaching and performing in every aspect of the event.
Grand Valley State University owns the largest public collection of Michigan painter Mathias Alten’s work, which is now available to students via digital library. The collection includes paintings, letters and various personal items and photos that students can browse from home.
The George and Barbara Gordon Gallery has been reserved solely for Alten’s work since its opening in 2000. The addition of a digital library intends to expand the gallery’s reach. GVSU said that the library will make the collection “easier to access and learn directly from a collection of primary and secondary resources.”
In the world of classic rock, few Michigan musicians hold the same fame and regard as Bob Seger. Hailing from Detroit, Seger has led an illustrious career, entertaining millions of fans around the world. Seger, through the Detroit Free Press, said “you can’t cheat Father Time forever” and announced that his most recent tour will be his last.
Seger, who is in the midst of said tour, still stands as one of the most iconic rock musicians to come out of Michigan. His distinct ties to his hometown Detroit and the State of Michigan as a whole are highly prevalent in his music, so it makes perfect sense that he began his final trip around the country in Grand Rapids on Nov. 21.
Popular fast food chain restaurant Checkers, may soon be coming to Allendale, Michigan within the next year. For Grand Valley State University students and Allendale residents, this means another dining option, more opportunities for student employment and available comfort food.
As crisp fall days with blue skies give way to the cloudy, snowy days of winter, some people in west Michigan begin to feel the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Estimated to affect over 10 million Americans, symptoms are most common during winter months as sunlight becomes increasingly scarce.
What started as an independent project and has since expanded to 830 universities has added Grand Valley State University to its roster, and is now exponentially growing its user base. Coursicle, an application created to ease the course registration process, has quadrupled its user base at GVSU from last semester to now, with numbers still rising.
Crowning a homecoming regent during the halftime of the homecoming football game has become an exciting annual Laker tradition. The 2018 homecoming regent, Lavar Green-Jackson, demonstrates that this honor means much more to him than just attending weekly classes on campus.
On Saturday, Oct. 6, Lavar Green-Jackson was crowned Grand Valley State University’s 2018 homecoming regent. According to the Office of Student Life, a homecoming regent is either a junior or senior at GVSU, is a member of a student organization participating in homecoming events, is in good academic standing and embodies GVSU values in their everyday life. After the candidates participate in elements such as interviews and endorsement letters during the nomination process, all students, faculty and staff are allowed to vote for their favorite Laker.