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GVSU Student Senate on Thursday September 14, 2017.

Student senate votes in favor of fall break proposal

After hearing about the possibility of a fall break at Grand Valley State University, students may be wondering if any action has been taken and whether they can look forward to a fall breather next academic year. Student senate gathered for its general assembly Thursday, Nov. 2, to discuss whether or not the university should make room for a fall break in the calendar, how long the break would last and when it might go into effect.  

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GVSU expands pre-university programs with new Pathways to College Office

Applying to college is an overwhelming process for many high school students who may feel intimidated by the heavier workload, financial questions and the decision of where to enroll. By recently opening the Pathways to College Office under the Division of Inclusion and Equity, Grand Valley State University hopes to expand its pre-college programs to provide guidance for middle and high schools throughout the state of Michigan.

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MarcQus Wright, director of TRIO Student Support Services, speaks during a presentation about first-generation students at the Teach-In on January 19 in the Kirkhof Center. More than 1,100 people attended, and more than 60 sessions were held.

Teach-In sessions to cover social justice, equity

While certain conversations are inherently difficult to start, engaging in challenging discussions can be beneficial for everyone involved.  To kick-start these dialogues, Grand Valley State University is hosting its fifth Teach-In Thursday, Nov. 9, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on both the Allendale and Pew campuses.


GVSU announces new Traverse City hospice care program

How often do most people take the time to think about death or life-limiting illness? These are subjects that are often avoided in conversation and education due to the difficulties involved in addressing them among larger groups of people.  Grand Valley State University began a program to fill this gap after a 2014 report by the Institute of Medicine highlighted several improvements that could be made to palliative and hospice care for patients and their families. 

GVL/Mackenzie Bush - GVSU students celebrate Day of the Dead with LAS, Latin American, and Latino Studies by placing pictures of loved ones on an alter. The alter, built by artist Roli Mancera, was set up in Neimeyer the week of Nov. 1, 2016.

GVSU to host annual Day of the Dead celebration

When one thinks of death, celebration is often among the last things on their mind. However, in some cultures, death is merely a stage of life, and celebrating is a part of moving on in the cycle of life. To celebrate those who have passed away, as well as show a unique aspect of another culture, the Grand Valley State University department of Latin American and Latino/a studies is hosting a "Dia de los Muertos"—or "Day of the Dead"—celebration Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the lobby of the Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center. 

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GVPD during a traffic stop on Saturday October 28, 2017.

Riding along with the GVPD

For the fourth annual Grand Valley Lanthorn ride-along with the Grand Valley State University Police Department, staff writer Karina Lloyd and Image Editor Emily Frye were invited to spend Homecoming evening with Sgt. Jeff Stoll, the officer on duty.

GVL/Hannah Zajac-- Dorie Sullivan, Junior and Psycology major, talks to multiple schools about grad school requirements in Henry Hall on Wednesday 25 Oct 2017.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to host alumni speakers on campus

To serve as a bridge between the classroom and the work room, Grand Valley State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is holding a series of lectures hosted by the Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence Program. Speakers from 13 CLAS departments will be on GVSU campuses Thursday, Oct. 26, and Friday, Oct. 27, to share their experiences as Laker alumni.