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GV Opera Theatre showcases 'Wonderful Town'

On Friday, Feb. 15, Grand Valley State University’s Opera Theatre presented “Wonderful Town,” a production originally created by composer Leonard Bernstein and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. GVSU's run of the productions began the weekend of Feb. 8 and wrapped the following weekend on Feb. 17.

The “Stories of Summer” exhibition in the exhibation space in Mary Idmea Pew Library at GVSU on display the week of February 10th, 2019. GVL / Emily Modloff

Local LGBT history explored in ‘Stories of Summer’ exhibit

While the harsh winter has canceled classes and left students dreaming of warmer weather, Grand Valley State University’s Kutsche Office of Local History has planned an exhibit to remind students of sunnier days ahead and provide a historical view of the local LGBT community. The “Stories of Summer” series features photographs of summer memories throughout the history of Douglas and Saugatuck, two Michigan towns who acted as a safe space for LGBT youth, accompanied by informational text.

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GV exhibit discusses water crises in Flint and El Salvador

Since the dawn of civilization, humans have had to continuously improve the way we access, supply and sanitize water. Today, between the crisis in Flint, the disproportionate control of water resources in Africa and lack of proper sanitation in developing countries like Ghana and Nepal, it's clear that this remains a challenge for humans today. In an effort to garner more attention, support and solutions, Grand Valley State University is currently hosting an exhibit which addresses these issues.

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Student comedians compete in Last Laker Standing finals

Grand Valley State University’s Campus Activity Board sponsored the annual Last Laker Standing finals which featured six student comedians. All students were invited to attend the free event on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale campus.   The Last Laker Standing competition has been in motion for the last several weeks. The six comedians were all required to audition in front of members of the Campus Activity Board in order to advance to the final competition.  

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Student to make directorial debut with 'God of Carnage'

For the final show in the series for the winter semester, the theatre department is presenting “God of Carnage,” a challenging play that involves only four actors. Theatre major Ron Boudreau will make his directorial debut, having only worked with two-person casts in directing classes. Boudreau is among the few student directors stepping into the role without an acting background. 

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Improv group Subject to Change provides free performance

The show consisted of a series of several short-form improv scenes and wrapped up with a long-form improv scene. Subject to Change president Marion Jamot differentiated the two styles of improv. She explained that short form “involves smaller themes with more audience suggestions,” while long form has more of an expansive storytelling format.