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Callie Spytman (left) and Lee Hewson (right) study for their exams in the Mary Idema Pew Library on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016.

Looking out for each other

In the classroom, students put on faces of interest, of concentration and of engagement in order to be successful. But outside the classroom, many students battle hardships that make college more difficult in a different way. The loss of a parent or loved one, a bad breakup, a mental health or a physical health concern are examples of these difficulties that can weigh heavily on students, causing them to underperform in class, not come to class or worse.

GVL / Luke Holmes - Jacob Salter (left) and Casey Malburg (right) go for a run around Grand Valley's campus on Monday, March 28, 2016.

Promoting wellness

A total of 14 Grand Valley State University campus departments were designated “healthy” this academic year after participating in the GVSU Health and Wellness’ Certified Healthy Department Program. Three of these departments earned the certified healthy designation for the first time: biomedical sciences, history and the Registrar’s Office.

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Grand Valley student teachers working alongside Alpine Elementary School teachers and students.

GVSU co-teaching program enhances education curriculum, student experiences

The time and dedication a devoted teacher puts into their work is monumental. These educators put their students’ best interests first and try to create the best learning environment they can. The educators who dedicate extensive time to their students usually see the best results, which begs the question, shouldn't all educators to be this devoted? At Grand Valley State University, future educators are being trained to be just that.

GVL/Sara Carte - Freshly sliced fruit pictured on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016.

University Counseling Center to participate in National Eating Disorder Screening Day

While media can be a great source of entertainment and socialization, it can also be used negatively, like setting unrealistic expectations for body image. Unfortunately, a twisted portrayal of what’s realistic can be the cause of self-consciousness and insecurity in a large portion of the population. Both men and women are faced with trying to fit into the mold that media portrays to be beautiful, and sometimes this objective can lead to unhealthy mindsets and unhealthy habits. Among these are self-hate, self-criticism, insecurity, anxiety, depression and eating disorders.


Thanking private donors

To educate the Grand Valley State University community about the impact and importance of private donor funding, the Future Alumni Association (FAA) will be hosting GVS(You) Week from Monday, Feb. 20, to Friday, Feb. 24. During this week, GVSU students will have the opportunity to write thank you notes to donors, attend an ice cream social to learn more about private funding and wear their Laker gear for a Spirit Day.

GVL/Megan Webster - Samah Saleh, associate professor of sociology and social work at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine, speaks to students inside the Grand River Room in Kirkhof on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.

Being a woman in Palestine

Using the analogy of a prison, Samah Saleh, associate professor of sociology and social work at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine, illustrated a world in which Palestinian women are treated as objects rather than as human beings. While speaking in the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room Thursday, Feb. 16, Saleh captured the audience’s attention through anecdotes and images of what it is like to be a woman in Palestine during her lecture titled “Palestinian Women Under the Israeli Occupation: The Politicization of Everyday Life.”


Building the budget

Year after year, Grand Valley State University puts out performance metrics that rank amongst the top three in public universities in the state of Michigan. Year after year, however, GVSU does not receive near as much funding as other institutions do. Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder released his proposed budget for the fiscal year 2018. In it was an across-the-board increase for higher education by 2.5 percent. Each school, however, received individual percent increases; GVSU was recommended for a 3.4 percent increase in state funding, the highest increase among all the universities.

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GVSU's KPop Group Evolution performs during the 2016 Global Gala on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016.

K-pop Unleashed

The world holds an endless variety of unique passions, and K-pop, a term defining Korean pop culture, happens to be one. The K-pop Group Evolution club at Grand Valley State University will present its annual K-pop Unleashed event, an upbeat showcase of Korean pop culture, Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room.