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GVPD addresses false reports and safety notifications

Last weekend’s alarming notice that an alleged drugging and rape had occurred near campus left the Grand Valley State University community feeling startled and confused, and the confusion continued into the following week when it was determined by Ottawa County police that the incident did not actually happen.  It is still unclear at this point whether the subject intentionally made a false report or whether they had a legitimate reason to believe they had been assaulted. The Grand Valley Police Department says this incident opens up a new discussion about reporting crimes.

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Kirkhof Center considered for possible renovations

Grand Valley State University’s Student Senate brought up a possible expansion to the Kirkhoff Center, including building upgrades and a bussing rework. Although nothing is official yet, GVSU acknowledges that there are a number of issues continuing to be raised by student organizations regarding the center’s current size and layout.  

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GVSU hosts 22nd annual multicultural seminar

On Friday, Nov. 2, Grand Valley State University hosted their 22nd Annual Multicultural Seminar in the Kirkhof Center. Each year, the seminar focuses on a different social justice and or diversity issue.  This year, the one-day conference titled “Healing the Trauma of Exploitation,” explored the narratives and neurological development of human trafficking victims in the United States. The event was put on to help create cultures where recovery from trafficking can take place, as well as to provide students and audience members with resources, interventions and warning signs for human trafficking victims in health settings. 

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Faculty builds relationships, supports first-time students through new program

According to data presented by College Factual, the nationwide college freshman retention rate is approximately 72 percent. US News reports that Grand Valley State University’s retention rate — which they consider to be “an indicator of student satisfaction” — is currently at 84 percent. While this number is higher than the national average, GVSU officials are continuing to work on improving freshman retention rates through the recent implementation of the Student Success Network Program. 

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Students organize vigil for Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims

Students, faculty, staff and community members gathered in the hundreds around the Cook Carillon Tower on Monday, Oct. 29 with candles in hand to honor the 11 lives lost during the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh the weekend prior. The candlelight vigil and concurrent speeches were organized by students from Hillel and Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish campus organization and Jewish fraternity respectively. 

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GVS{You} Week, Founders Day join hands in celebrating GV growth

In a collaboration between Grand Valley State University’s Student Alumni Association, Office of Student Life and Laker for a Lifetime, GVS{You} Week and Founders Day shared a week of celebration together for the first time. In creating the collaboration, Associate Director of Student Life LeaAnn Tibbe said that the change provided all involved to combine the events and create a week full of thankfulness. 

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Red Tide Tampon Drive strives to support feminine hygiene

A recent study conducted by the International Women’s Health Coalition and Clue determined that globally, 5,000 euphemisms for menstruation exist. In America, these euphemisms range from "Aunt Flo" to "Shark Week" to simply “that time of the month.”  For Grand Valley State University’s Co-chair of the Women’s Commission and Assistant to the Graduate School Jennifer Palm, having so many different names for a natural process experienced by roughly half of the population is cause for alarm.

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