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On Wednesday, April 11, Grand Valley State University will once again host Student Scholars Day, an event that allows students and faculty to showcase exhibits, research and other projects they’ve worked on throughout the year.
Despite the chilly weather, Grand Valley State University students gathered on the Allendale Campus Saturday, April 7, and marched together for the Slut Walk, an event put on by GVSU’s It’s on Us as Lakers, a division of the national It's on Us campaign to end sexual assault.
Grand Valley State University administration, departments and student organizations should be commended for their continued efforts to crush victim blaming, snuff out rape culture in our communities and provide support for victims. By definition, rape and sexual assault are never the fault of the victims. It's time to end that toxic association forever, and that starts with us right here at GVSU.
After the doubleheader scheduled for Friday, April 6, with Davenport was cancelled due to inclement weather, the Grand Valley State softball team fought through frigid weather conditions and swept Purdue Northwest on the road in a doubleheader Saturday, April 7, winning the first game 8-0 and the second game 1-0.
It’s that time of the semester when seniors from a variety of majors will be sharing the senior projects they have worked on diligently throughout the past months. Tyler Staley and Skyelar Fountain are two of several Grand Valley State University graphic design students who will be displaying their senior projects this week in the show “x-height.”
From Monday, April 9, to Friday, April 13, “x-height” will be showcased in the gallery of the Haas Center for Performing Arts, with a reception on Thursday, April 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Recently, I came across a campaign series by Saint Hoax, a Syrian artist and sociopolitical activist. The campaign, called “Making America Misogynistic Again,” is a collection of old, sexist advertisements whose original headlines have been replaced by quotes that President Donald Trump has said about women. All of the advertisements are classic examples of the misogynistic advertisements of the 1950s and 1960s, and Trump’s quotes fit them almost immaculately.
In the last few weeks, we have seen an uprising in opinions, demonstrations and protests by the youth of this country. To me, this change is both welcomed and encouraged, but to others, these new voices seem to be disruptive and useless. Children, teenagers and young adults have finally decided to speak up, and instead of being commended for doing so, they are told they are just too young to have an opinion. So, my question is, what age is the right age to start speaking up?
Cyberbullying is not an issue that stops in middle school. It is happening right here and now among college students. Though the discussion of cyberbullying is generally centered on middle and high school students, college students are the most frequent users of social media and digital technology sites, according to CNN.
As awareness of mental health issues continues to grow, Grand Rapids is keeping pace. On Friday, April 6, the Office of the Vice Provost for Health and Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research Center at Grand Valley State University will be hosting their monthly health forum for the community of Grand Rapids. This month’s topic: mental health.
The Arnold C. Ott Lectureship in Chemistry series of presentations is returning to Grand Valley State University. The first lecture, titled “Chemical Reactions: What Lies Under the Arrow?” will take place Thursday, April 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Devos Center Loosemore Auditorium.
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.