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GVPD educates students with rape aggression defense course

These words are from Grand Valley State University Sergeant Nate Dornbos during a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class held on Monday, Nov. 5, as he explained the difficulties of trying to profile sexual assault attackers. According to Dornbos, there are no true physical profiles to serve as warnings, and only potential behaviors to look out for. Additionally, in approximately 75 percent of sexual assault incidents, the victim knows their attacker — whether from a class, party or other association.

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Ferris Coffee and Nut facility to become Innovation and Design Center

The former Ferris Coffee and Nut facility on GVSU's Pew Campus is currently being renovated to become the new Design Center as part of the College of Engineering and Computing. The ability to renovate an existing space allows the university to avoid the delays and expenses that come when constructing a new building. The center will offer more collaborative spaces and development labs for engineering students.

Access To Medicines spreading awareness about global heath disparities at Kirkhof Center on November 6th, 2018.  GVL / Emily Modloff

UAEM educates, promotes accessible medicine in week-long campaign

Grand Valley State University’s Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) chapter hosted an Access to Medicines week from Nov. 5-11 to promote easier access to medications.  UAEM’s main goal for the week was to receive signatures for the Global Access Licensing Framework, a document the entire corporation collaborates on to help start conversation about creating transparencies in access to medicine in the university setting. UAEM students hope to receive 160 signatures by the end of November in order to present the petition to the Student Senate and university. 

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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.