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For the last nine years, April has been Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Taking advantage of that awareness and applying it to Grand Valley State University, a consent education and sexual assault prevention student organization implemented Sexual Assault Awareness Week, which has been observed at GVSU since 2009.
On Tuesday, April 3, Carrie Buist, assistant professor in the school of criminal justice, spoke to Grand Valley State University students on her co-authored book “Queer Criminology.”
Alex Jenny spoke softly, but every word they said hit with intention in the Kirkhof Center Monday, April 2. Jenny is a therapist, model and actor who runs various social media with their partner, Effee Nelly. They came to speak at Grand Valley State University for Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Jenny was brought to GVSU by Campus for Consent, an organization that is holding various events throughout the month.
Meghan Datema has been, in a word, incredible for the Grand Valley State women’s lacrosse team this season.
In the team’s first nine games, Datema scored an impressive 26 goals to lead her team. More specifically, Datema scored in six consecutive games, netting 22 goals in that span. The Lakers have won each of those games.
Campus diversity remains a priority for Grand Valley State University going forward, and striving to improve working conditions for minorities and people of color is the goal of a new program being launched next fall. Cultivate, a program geared toward GVSU faculty, will work to educate staff on social justice issues and improve awareness of diversity both on and off campus.
Grand Valley State University students had the opportunity to learn about effective leadership from the chief of the second-largest city in Michigan.
Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss spoke at GVSU on Wednesday, April 4, for the Kenneth Venderbush Leadership Keynote. Bliss, who in 2016 became the first woman to become mayor in Grand Rapids, shared advice on believing in others, finding balance and making the most out of transitions in life.
The Grand Valley State Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) is hosting the second annual Anchor Awards Celebration on Thursday, April 12, at 8:30 p.m.
The event is designed to recognize the achievements of GVSU student athletes while fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Last year, the Anchor Awards generated around $4,500, bumping the SAAC’s fundraising effort to $10,000 for the first time in over four years.
The Grand Valley State softball team continues to dominate this season behind excellent pitching, picking up two more wins against Wayne State on Monday, April 2. The Lakers held the Warriors to only two runs total in the doubleheader.
The second game of the doubleheader was won by GVSU pitcher Allison Grys. She pitched another solid outing, giving up only one run, two walks and four hits to Wayne State.
Bullying can take many forms, including harmful comments, physical abuse or other degrading actions toward a person. Victims of bullying can feel isolated from their peers and suffer from stress. As more social media platforms develop every year, there is an increasing number of places to be in contact with others. One downside of this, however, is the increased potential for online harassment.
They say that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sports. It’s harder than throwing a spiral, swishing a jumper or stopping a slap shot. To a hit a round ball with a round bat squarely at upwards of 90 miles per hour with less than half a second to react should not even be possible, but it is.
If hitting is an art, consider Grand Valley State’s Ryan Blake-Jones an artist. In 2018, the catcher-turned-first-baseman is tearing the cover off the ball through 24 games, as evidenced by his .414 batting average, 36 hits, four home runs and 29 RBI—all of which are team highs.
For Grand Valley State University community members interested in other cultures, the Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival (GRLAFF) may offer an exciting and entertaining means of learning.
The festival runs from Friday, April 6, through Sunday, April 8, at the Wealthy Street Theatre in Grand Rapids. Along with diverse films, there will also be authentic Latin American food. The festival is LIB 100- and 201-approved.
The Grand Valley State men's golf team earned a fourth-place finish at the UW-Parkside Spring Invitational down in Columbus, Indiana, after carding rounds of 286 and 293 for a two-day total of 579 (+3). The event started Sunday, April 1, and ended Monday, April 2.
The Grand Valley State University Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP) will host its annual spring open-house event, this year called “Spring Thing: Exhale,” on Saturday, April 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Holton-Hooker Learning and Living Center Multipurpose Room.
The Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees has selected search firm Storbeck, Pimentel and Associates (SPA) to aid the presidential search advisory committee (PSAC) in locating a replacement for GVSU's fourth president, Thomas Haas.
Each year, students at Grand Valley State University have to make the choice of whether to live on campus or not. To accommodate a large number of fall and summer students living on campus, GVSU has allocated funds to apartments and more beds.
As Grand Valley State University officials have made ending sexual assault on campus a priority, one student organization is holding an event on the subject. On Thursday, April 5, GVSU’s Campus for Consent will team up with Kandace Williams, a graduate assistant in the Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity, for a round-table discussion that will tackle the topic of rape culture.
Reggae is one of those genres of music that practically everyone enjoys. Soon, West Michigan residents will be able to enjoy some reggae performed by Roots of Creation at The Stache in downtown Grand Rapids on Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m.
Gustavo Rondón Córdova is a filmmaker from Venezuela whose films “La Familia” and “El Amparo” will be featured in the Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival on Saturday, April 7. On Thursday, April 5, Rondón Córdova will be visiting a Grand Valley State University classroom to present his work and share his experience as a filmmaker. During his presentation, Rondón Córdova will show clips of his films while sharing the progression of editing a scene or two.
Grand Valley State University is actively pursuing opportunities to diversify its campus and give students a global perspective. As part of this initiative, each semester, GVSU will host international students sponsored through the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) student exchange program.
As Opening Day in Major League Baseball was celebrated throughout the U.S. (and Ontario), the Grand Valley State baseball team finally made its way into Allendale for their first home series of the 2018 season.
The Lakers welcomed Tiffin University to the GVSU baseball field on Thursday, March 29, with a drubbing in game one of a doubleheader, defeating the Dragons 13-3 before starting up a 3-2 loss that had to be finished on Friday, March 30, due to darkness.