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Textbooks are a necessary part of college. They are the foundation of any course, serving as a guide for the professors in their lectures and giving students constant access to a primary resource for their classes. At Grand Valley State University, there are multiple professors who have either written or co-edited textbooks of all levels and subjects
As part of the Grand Valley State University Community Service Learning Center’s democratic dialogue series, guest speaker Erik Nordman, associate professor of biology at GVSU, led a discussion about climate change and sustainability Thursday, April 13.
What does it mean to be sustainable? For the United States Department of Agriculture, it means satisfying human needs while enhancing the environmental quality and viability of its agriculture. For the Environmental Protection Agency, it means “to create and maintain conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony.”
According to the American Psychological Association, civic engagement is “individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern.” This type of work being done in the Grand Rapids and Western Michigan communities by individuals and groups within Grand Valley State University has taken hold and spread like wildfire, so much so that Campus Compact, a national coalition of colleges and universities dedicated to the “public purposes of higher education,” uses GVSU as a model for what a school is capable of doing in the civic realm.
The annual Laker Traditions ExtravaGRANDza will be happening on campus starting Monday, April 17, with activities and events running through Friday, April 21. This Grand Valley State University tradition was established to cultivate the Laker family spirit and promote the identity of Lakers for a lifetime.
Listening to music is a largely passive activity. It’s fun to listen to songs on the radio on the commute to class or while studying, doing homework or partying with friends, but the average person doesn’t usually analyze music in depth. Most people don’t transcribe the notes they hear on a sheet of paper as they’re listening to them or sit down and appreciate the tone and rhyme scheme the composer chose or examine the role each instrument contributes to the piece as a whole. Instead, most people just listen to music because they like the way it sounds.
Graduate students at Grand Valley State University will have the opportunity to display their research and share their findings at the seventh annual Graduate Showcase, which will include more than 30 participating graduate students presenting different research activities.
With its mission to encourage student inquiry, scholarship and research, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) at Grand Valley State University dedicates one day out of the entire year to celebrate students of all levels in their creative and scholarly endeavors. Student Scholars Day (SSD) was held Wednesday, April 12, in order to highlight students who have spent a great deal of time and effort researching a topic, creating a display and presenting their findings to the community.
The Grand Valley State club dodgeball team won their fifth straight National Collegiate Dodgeball Association Championship, beating Central Michigan for the third year in a row, 2-1. This is GVSU’s eighth championship within the past decade.
In solidarity to victims and survivors of sexual assault, more than 300 Grand Valley State University students marched around campus Tuesday, April 11, to support the GVSU Interfraternity Council’s (IFC) semiannual “Steps Against Sexual Assault” event.
What seems to have been lost amongst all the commotion of the Red Wings leaving the historic Joe Louis Arena is the fact the Pistons are leaving the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons, let’s not forget, at one time held a favorable position within our sports landscape, and I would be remiss if I did not mention their move from the Palace to downtown Detroit.
Westboro Baptist Church, nails on chalkboards, Tomi Lahren and the guests of The Maury Povich Show. What do these things have in common? Ding, ding, what is… things that make my ears bleed when I hear them speak? Just like that you could win a Jeopardy category focused around my life. However, these things also have more in common than just the ability to annoy me, they are also entitled to free speech and protection under the first amendment.
If you're not a religious person, it can be easy to brush off religious holidays as they come and go every year, especially if it's not Christmas. This Sunday is Easter, a Christian holiday, and— unless you celebrate the holiday or have kids hunting for eggs— many people won't do more than shrug. And many Christians who do celebrate the holiday, may not know much about religions other than their own.
Pain is a seemingly unavoidable human experience. While people each deal with pain in their own ways, the women at the Raw Beauty Initiative held an event Saturday, April 8, to offer another way to view suffering.
Not every student has the opportunity to have a conversation with a police officer and a member of the LGBT community together over lunch. At student senate’s first ever “Human Library Project,” held Monday, April 10, where Grand Valley State University students had the chance to ask questions to a group of human “books” from diverse backgrounds.
After the Grand Valley State softball team won all four games of its weekend series, sophomore Allison Lipovsky earned GLIAC Pitcher of the Week for the second week in a row. She pitched two shutouts and did not allow an extra base hit in either game.
The Grand Valley State women’s golf team won the JBMF Cavalier Classic in Canton, Ohio with an overall score of 608. The Lakers shot 309 on day one Monday, April 10, good enough to put them second going into the second round, then proceeded to blow the competition away with a 299 on day two Tuesday, April 11. Co-second place finishers Northern Michigan and Ashland each ended up 14 strokes behind the Lakers.
After splitting five consecutive doubleheaders, the Grand Valley State baseball team swept Ashland in an afternoon doubleheader Wednesday, April 12. The Lakers won the opening game 8-2 followed by a 14-5 in the nightcap.
The Grand Valley State men’s club roller hockey teams (Division I and III) qualified for and competed in the 2017 National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championship in Fort Myers, Florida from Sunday, April 5, through Thursday, April 9. Although both the DI and DIII teams qualified for the highest pool play seeds in the program’s eight-year history, both teams finished the tournament with only one win and four losses to end their season and national championship hopes.
The Grand Valley State softball team won three games and lost nine on its spring break trip last month. One month later, the Lakers are riding a seven game win streak and are tied for third place in the conference.