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No matter the time of year, Grand Valley State University is constantly hosting a variety of events that are free for anyone to attend and enjoy. In particular, live music is everywhere at GVSU and concert plans are always in the works. To beat the winter blues, GVSU hosted guitarist and singer-songwriter Jordy Searcy, who played at a coffee house-themed event in Kirkhof Center.
Out of a variety of sororities, Delta Gamma was chosen to become the newest member of the Grand Valley State University Greek community this year. Delta Gamma, which has 151 collegiate chapters throughout the United States, is a group that focuses on “doing good,” both on a holistic and individual scale.
\Each year, Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) day is celebrated to display MLK’s importance in human history. This year through the “We Are Not Invisible” program, the Multicultural Affairs Department at Grand Valley State University strives to not only recognize the day, but to make a regular routine in celebrating the important contributions that African Americans have made.
Roger Gilles, a writing professor at Grand Valley State University since 1992, explores the beginning of women’s athletics through his new book Women on the Move: The Forgotten Era of Women’s Bicycle Racing.
On Thursday, Jan. 24, Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and the university’s Department of Inclusion and Equity hosted historians Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf, who presented an open discussion about racial issues in America — one of several events held by GVSU last week to honor the life of Rev. Martin Luther King. Jr.
The Grand Valley State University College of Engineering was recently awarded $500,000 by the Grand Rapids SmartZone to create medical devices from the new Carbon, Inc. 3D printer.
Basketball players on Grand Valley State’s campus are easy to spot, as most are taller than the average student and are always repping the GV logo on their backpacks and on their clothing. It’s easy to see their impact on the team, as it can be quantified through statistics.
If a college basketball team wants to contend for a national championship, it needs stars – plain and simple. Nobody will make a deep run without a go-to player or two who can be counted on to get the job done, and that’s apparent in today’s landscape.
Philomena V. Mantella was unanimously appointed Grand Valley State University's fifth president during a special Board of Trustees held on Jan. 22. Mantella, GVSU’s first female president, will replace outgoing president Thomas J. Haas following his last day on July 1.
As someone who grew up in a predominantly white area, having Martin Luther King Day as an actual day off of school is a weird experience. It’s not that we didn’t know it was a national holiday, it’s just that for some reason we all decided to celebrate that national holiday by having a bunch of elementary schoolers write poems about being nice and called it a day. I don’t know what member of the Grand Haven school board decided it was appropriate to commemorate an assassinated civil rights activist by having an hour anti-bullying presentation - probably the same one who decided Dr. King’s main political point was that “we shouldn’t be mean to each other” - but I guess they decided that was more respectful than giving us the day off.
It’s impossible to know about every single issue happening around the world. Many of us try to stay on top of the news as best we can, but it’s difficult with our busy lives. Not only that, spending time reading about all the different tragedies in the world can be extremely depressing, especially when it feels as though there’s nothing you can do to help.
With the arrival of the new year, many people are ready to kick bad habits, implement healthy routines and grab life by the horns. While some people find success with their resolutions, it’s not uncommon for people start the year off strong and then lose their steam a few weeks later.
It appears with each passing year, Grand Valley State University receives more and more well-deserved recognition for its health curriculum, its business program, its sustainability practices and many other accolades while just last year, GVSU's television program, West Side Stories, won first place in daily newscast at the Michigan Broadcasters Excellence Awards. The Lanthorn is annually recognized as one of the top student-run newspapers in the state and The Whale Radio station has grown in popularity over recent years. Many of these accomplishments are met with further funding and construction to help these programs flourish, while student media continues to beg for scraps from the Student Life Fund.
“The biggest thing we get out of it is seeing the kids smile. And hopefully we will also see that the lessons we're teaching, not only the fundamentals of hockey, but also the life values are sinking in,” said National Hockey League Hall of Fame Defenseman Bobby Orr.
Grand Valley State University alumnus Jeff Bouwman was named the 2019 Science Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA).
The Grand Valley State men and women’s swimming & diving team came to a close on their regular season, as their last meet took place on Saturday, Jan. 19, in Kentwood. The teams faced off with Indianapolis and Davenport, pulling through wins all around.
The Grand Valley State men’s club hockey team swept the Indiana Hoosiers this weekend with 5-4 and 3-2 victories on Friday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan. 19.
A lawsuit regarding the claimed wrongful death of Rosemarie Reilly, a Grand Valley State University student, in 2016 was filed on Nov. 2, directly citing two Grand Valley Police Department (GVPD) officers and four Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) officers for their involvement and “gross negligence.” The surfacing of a lawsuit not only brings up questions surrounding the cause of Reilly’s death, but challenges if the situation could happen again.
Beginning Thursday, Jan. 17, Grand Valley State University theatre students showcased their directing, acting and producing skills in student-led productions of “The Actor’s Nightmare” and “Stuart Little.” The shows ran through Jan. 20, with opportunities for single and double bills.
On Saturday, Jan. 19, the city of Grand Rapids hosted its third annual Women’s March at Calder Plaza, one of the 673 sister marches held throughout the world reflecting the largest one that was held in Washington D.C. on the same day. The event was focused on advancing human rights causes and galvanizing that women will not be silenced.