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Ojibwe and Chicano artist Sacramento Knoxx provided an interactive storytelling experience for the Grand Valley State University community, though his multimedia performance of music was influenced by his Detroit roots. The concert, held at the Cook-Dewitt Center on Wednesday, Oct. 24, was brought on by the Office of Multicultural Affairs as a part of the Hispanic Heritage Celebration.
As winter approaches and weather starts to become more intense and dangerous, the Grand Valley Police Department, along with University Communications, is encouraging students to opt-in to emergency text message alerts.
Grand Valley State University is continuing to grow its presence in Grand Rapids as it held a groundbreaking ceremony for its newest building on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health will compliment GVSU’s existing Cook-DeVos Health Science Building as well as the recently constructed Finkelstein Hall. The five-story, 160,000 square foot building will serve as an additional anchor to the Medical Mile corridor, illustrating the growing demand for health professionals in the greater Grand Rapids area.
After taking their first loss of the season two games prior and almost dropping a stunner to Davenport just one week ago, it would be crucial for the No. 9 Grand Valley State Lakers to hit the road again and take out the playoff-minded rival Saginaw Valley State Cardinals on Saturday, Oct. 27.
They did just that, winning the annual Battle of the Valleys game 31-28 for the sixth straight year and seventh consecutive match-up. With the win, GVSU moves to 8-1 (5-1 GLIAC) while SVSU drops to 6-3 (3-3).
For all the jazz lovers out there, the St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) in downtown Grand Rapids will be featuring a very special treat on Thursday, Nov. 1. The 11-time Grammy Award nominated Kenny Barron Quintet will be performing the second of four jazz series concerts for the 2018-19 music season.
Among his several nominations, Barron has several points of success throughout his career. He has been honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 jazz-master and has been inducted into the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as being awarded the Living Legacy Award from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and becoming initiated into the American Jazz Hall of Fame.
If you’re able to vote in the upcoming election, you’ve probably already decided whether or not you’ll be heading to the polls on November 6 (though for those away from home who aren’t sure if they can, the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot isn't until Saturday, Nov. 3). For the last two years we’ve all been hyper-aware of the effect our elected officials can have on our country, and if you are planning on voting you’ve almost certainly already decided on which party your vote is going to land. But not everything on the ballot this year is divided by party - Michigan has three proposals on the voting block this November, and no matter your position on the political spectrum, all three are important enough to pique your interest.
Last year, I began to surround myself with individuals who are very aware of their diet, who introduced me to the concept of a “plant-based diet” also known as veganism. I decided to try it, since I was constantly hearing facts about the detrimental impact of meat and dairy on our bodies. I watched a documentary called “What the Health,” which, inevitably and completely one-sided, claims that the American Cancer Society knows that eating animal products is the main cause of cancer, but that the organization refuses to claim that fact because they are sponsored by large meat corporations. The documentary was eye-opening in many ways, but I could not understand then: why is it that Spain, Italy and Japan have the longest life-span rates with cultural diets that have a lot of animal consumption?
On Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 to 3 p.m., the Grand Valley State University Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is hosting the 23rd annual Symposium in the GVSU Kirkhof Center. This day of professional development will begin with breakfast followed by an address from the keynote speaker and inspirational educator Christina Costa. The event will then continue with breakout sessions which feature more special guest educators where students will network and take in a variety of useful information.
At Grand Valley State University, opportunities to study abroad are nearly endless. From two-week trips to yearlong stays, faculty-led programs to non-GVSU programs, there is a study abroad trip perfect for each and every Laker.
This Friday, Nov. 2, the Padnos International Center is hosting its sixth annual Global Laker Celebration, an event that celebrates the study abroad opportunities at GVSU, as well as helps fund future trips. The celebration will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on the third floor of the B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids.
Learn more about Replenish, the benefactor to this year's Battle of the Valley's fundraising competition at Grand Valley. Sharelle Arnold from Replenish talks with the Lanthorn about this food resource that aims to support those needing some support in the community.
To kick off the Grand Rapids Symphony 2018-19 orchestra season this year, the symphony opens with classical blockbusters and world-class soloists as well as Broadway's biggest hits, cinematic special events and salutes to legends such as Paul McCartney and Frank Sinatra.
Established in 1930, the Grand Rapids Symphony showcases a nine-concert series through a diverse range of music and performance styles resulting in approximately 400 performances per year, attracting Grand Rapids residents, most of which are students.
For the last several years, Octubafest has showcased Grand Valley State University's Tuba and Euphonium studio’s brass instrument performance. The event, which is specifically centered on tubas, consisted of two main series of performances. One series was on Wednesday, Oct. 17 followed by the second series on Saturday, Oct. 20. Both series of performances took place in the Sherman Van Solkema Hall.
Many first year college students find themselves struggling with lack of retention strategies. From not being able to recall information taught in lecture, to not being able to relate what was taught in lecture to out of class events, freshmen often find themselves in need of some extra help. This is why Grand Valley State University programs such as the new LIB 100 peer mentor program are created.
On Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Grand Valley State University welcomed award-winning poets Ada Limón and Carl Phillips to share their unique and contrasting voices for “An Evening of Poetry and Conversation.” The poetry event is a part of GVSU’s 16th annual Fall Arts Celebration.
The event was held at the Eberhard Center located on the downtown Pew campus. After each poet read samples from their work during their 30 minutes of allotted time, the audience was invited to stay for a book signing and reception. While attendance was encouraged by faculty for a few GVSU writing students, the free event was open to the public.
On Wednesday, Oct. 18, Grand Valley State University hosted Professor of Spanish at Yale University Rolena Adorno to give a talk titled “What does Columbus Day mean? Why Hispanic Heritage Matters” in the Cook-Dewitt Center. The talk was given as part of the series of Hispanic Heritage Month events GVSU holds each year to both celebrate and educate the month.
On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Grand Valley State University students met in the Kirkhof Center with GVSU Counselor Eric Klingensmith and Community Police Officer Brittany Howard to discuss the truth about marijuana.
In an effort to promote health and safety while raising awareness to students, Klingensmith and Howard encouraged an open conversation about students’ knowledge and experience regarding the drug.
“How much lower can you get than slavery?”
It’s a question posed by Grand Valley State University senior Luke Booth as he reflects on what sparked his interest to participate in A21’s Walk for Freedom, an event aiming to raise awareness and funds to end human trafficking and slavery.
Two Grand Valley State University community members are performing high-impact research on the effects of specific shoes on running economy. GVSU senior Jordan Juzwiak, Clinical Exercise Science major, is working with Dr. Kyle Barnes, ph.D and Professor of Movement Science, to test how different shoes can improve the running efficiency and economy of elite athletes.
The idea for this research came to life when Nike came out with Nike VaporFly 4% shoes, which were advertised to improve running economy by four percent. With these shoes, Nike planned to have somebody break two hours in the marathon.
Many students may not have noticed the small, grey arrow added next to files in Blackboard over the summer, but for the nearly 1,600 students with documented disabilities on campus, it may make a world of difference. The visibly subtle change comes as part of an additional tool added to Blackboard called Blackboard Ally, which has been increasing the accessibility of files since its first semester with a full student body this fall.
Blackboard Ally is a tool that works in conjunction with Blackboard to analyze files and convert them into a variety of accessible formats to better support students with disabilities, said Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies Eric Kunnen. Through faculty accounts, the tool also provides educators with resources to view the current accessibility ratings of their materials, as well as tutorials to raise their ratings.