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Christy S. Coleman

Hauenstein Center to welcome guest speaker for MLK Week

The American Civil War was fought over the issue of slavery, yet more than 150 years later, some Americans still find themselves intertwined in a battle for equality, proving that important events in the past still influence the present. To discuss these influences, the significance of the Civil War and the work of Martin Luther King Jr., the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies will host Christy Coleman to lead a discussion on how people view history. 

GVL / Kevin Sielaff - Touré, Vice columnist and well known author, visits Grand Valley's Allendale campus on a chilly Jan. 18, 2016. Hundreds of students gathered inside the Fieldhouse to listen to Touré's keynote speech; the students also participated in a silent march before the event.

A complete guide to MLK Commemoration Week 2018

Since 2013, Grand Valley State University has been honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by dedicating an entire week each January to the commemoration of the late King. On Monday, Jan. 15, GVSU will continue its remembrance of King by starting the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week. 

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Grand Valley Police Department work alongside other safety departments in the surrounding area to train in the case of an active shooter on Sunday December 17, 2017.

GVPD holds active-shooter-response training in Mackinac Hall

Approximately 40-plus police officers, 20-plus firefighters and 20 to 25 volunteers participated in the Grand Valley State University Police Department’s largest annual training session designed to prepare its staff for an active-shooter situation on campus. As part of its yearly exercise, the GVPD partnered with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and other emergency organizations on Sunday, Dec. 17, to practice confrontation and rescue techniques. This year, local fire departments also participated for the first time.

GVL / Emily Frye - Christopher Stark works within the Laker Store on Wendesday, April 15, 2015.

Laker Store, Campus Dining locations see theft during fall semester

As Grand Valley State University concluded another semester, more crime statistics have been released by the GVSU Police Department. The Laker Store has seen 21 cases of retail fraud, more commonly known as shoplifting, spanning from August to the end of December 2017. According to GVPD Acting Director Brandon DeHaan, 16 of the suspected individuals have been identified, with appropriate punitive action taken depending on the degree of shoplifting. The 21 cases signify an increase from the 10 cases that were reported by the Grand Valley Lanthorn in November of 2016. 

GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Students gather in the upstairs dining area of the Kirkhof Center for Campus Life Night 2.0 which takes place on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.

GVSU to host Campus Life Night 2.0

Grand Valley State University students looking to become more involved with clubs and other student organizations will have the chance to do so early on in the winter semester. Campus Life Night (CLN) 2.0 will take place on Friday, Jan. 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center. The building will open its doors once more to students who may be interested in joining new organizations this semester. 

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Dashaun Ragland studying abroad in Chile during the summer of 2017

Padnos International Center event to highlight study-abroad diversity

Traveling abroad as a student can be an exciting and life-changing experience, but it is not free of challenges. At the "Being Black and Brown Abroad" event, Grand Valley State University students of color will be sharing their unique experiences in diverse locations around the globe.  The event will take place Friday, Jan. 12, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Mary Idema Pew Library Multipurpose Room. It is LIB 100- and 201-approved, and there will be free food following the program.


GVSU professor discusses rising cost of tuition, food at Democracy 101 event

Students could pay for their college tuition in about 2.6 months working part time and making minimum wage in 1968. Now, students face crippling debt, have more difficulty affording healthful food and find that they can't stretch their money as far.  As part of the Community Service Learning Center's Democracy 101 series, Grand Valley State University sociology professor George Lundskow discussed the reasons behind the cost of education and healthful living rising so dramatically. 

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Grand Valley's car share vehicle sits in the Kirkhof parking lot on Nov. 29, 2015.

Parking Services changes lot hours, policies for exam week

All-night study sessions, last-minute cramming and excessive amounts of coffee—these are some of the many signs that exam week is starting. To help reduce some of students’ stress during this time, as well as help students prepare for their holiday departures, Parking Services at Grand Valley State University has made some changes to its normal procedures and policies. 


Coping with finals week stress

Finals week can be the most stressful time during the entire semester. It may feel like 16 weeks of hard work come down to a handful of tests, papers and presentations. It's this stress that often causes students to struggle. The pressure coming from classes, extracurriculars and other outside factors can make finals week a nightmare if it's not properly addressed.