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GV Film Academy holds first annual film festival

Student filmmakers at Grand Valley State University caught their chance to share their work on the big screen at the first annual Grand Valley Film Festival. Hosted by the Grand Valley Film Academy, the festival began on March 15 and ends March 21. Students of all majors were asked to submit their best work from the last two years for the festival. Submitted films went through a moderation process, which consisted of a stoplight system created by head moderator Mitchel Dinsmoor. Films with discrimination, bias or slander were given the red light and were not allowed in the festival. The films that passed moderation were accepted into the festival and are eligible to be voted on by the panel of judges.  


Vault of Midnight offers networking opportunities for art students

Nestled in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Vault of Midnight offers shelves upon shelves of comic books, manga and graphic novels. Unique figurines, pins, apparel, board games and toys accompany the books and draw in both avid and occasional comic book readers alike. As a local comic store, Vault of Midnight collaborates with art students to get their work out there. As part of this goal to help young artists, Vault of Midnight holds their Illustration Roadshow event each winter, allowing Grand Valley State University students to organize tables to sell their work, including art, comics, pins and zines.

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GV piano students challenged with 'Carnival of the Animals'

While most Grand Valley State University students spent their time studying for midterms and preparing for spring break, students in piano professor Sookkyung Cho’s Piano Studio rehearsed for their Feb. 25 performance of “Carnival of the Animals.” Composed by Camille Saint-Saens in 1886, “Carnival of the Animals” is a popular, playful piece that uses music to encapsulate various animals, from the tortoise to the kangaroo.

Junior trombonist, Johnathon Tesner. Courtesy / GVSU Trombone Studio

GV Symphonic Band features student trombone soloist

Junior trombonist John Tesner earned the opportunity to perform a solo in the concert, which was conducted by Kevin Tutt. After winning GVSU’s 2018 Concerto Competition in which student pianists, vocalists, string and wind instrumentalists competed, Tesner was granted the honor of performing a solo, which was accompanied by the band in the performance of Bert Appermont’s "Colors." Tesner said his director refers to the piece as “Epcot music,” suggesting the happy and fun tone of the music. 

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GV ensembles showcased at choral concert

On Feb. 20, Grand Valley State University’s University Arts Chorale and Cantate Chamber Ensemble performed several vocal arrangements as part of a choral concert. Associate Professor of Music Ellen Pool directed the ensembles on Wednesday night.  With 40 years of experience directing GVSU’s University Arts Chorale, Pool stated that this performance was “a very successful concert.” 

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Book celebrates first-generation GV students’ time abroad

This past week, a book entitled "First Around the World" was released in order to commemorate and celebrate the travels and studies of some of these students. Comprised of the firsthand accounts from a number of first-generation college students, "First Around the World" tells the story of the formative experiences they had in the countries they spent time in. Kambriana Gates and Vanesha Blackburn traveled to South Africa and Ghana respectively and shared some of their thoughts on the book.

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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.