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GV piano students challenged with 'Carnival of the Animals'

While most Grand Valley State University students spent their time studying for midterms and preparing for spring break, students in piano professor Sookkyung Cho’s Piano Studio rehearsed for their Feb. 25 performance of “Carnival of the Animals.” Composed by Camille Saint-Saens in 1886, “Carnival of the Animals” is a popular, playful piece that uses music to encapsulate various animals, from the tortoise to the kangaroo.

Junior trombonist, Johnathon Tesner. Courtesy / GVSU Trombone Studio

GV Symphonic Band features student trombone soloist

Junior trombonist John Tesner earned the opportunity to perform a solo in the concert, which was conducted by Kevin Tutt. After winning GVSU’s 2018 Concerto Competition in which student pianists, vocalists, string and wind instrumentalists competed, Tesner was granted the honor of performing a solo, which was accompanied by the band in the performance of Bert Appermont’s "Colors." Tesner said his director refers to the piece as “Epcot music,” suggesting the happy and fun tone of the music. 

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GV ensembles showcased at choral concert

On Feb. 20, Grand Valley State University’s University Arts Chorale and Cantate Chamber Ensemble performed several vocal arrangements as part of a choral concert. Associate Professor of Music Ellen Pool directed the ensembles on Wednesday night.  With 40 years of experience directing GVSU’s University Arts Chorale, Pool stated that this performance was “a very successful concert.” 

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Book celebrates first-generation GV students’ time abroad

This past week, a book entitled "First Around the World" was released in order to commemorate and celebrate the travels and studies of some of these students. Comprised of the firsthand accounts from a number of first-generation college students, "First Around the World" tells the story of the formative experiences they had in the countries they spent time in. Kambriana Gates and Vanesha Blackburn traveled to South Africa and Ghana respectively and shared some of their thoughts on the book.

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GV exhibit discusses water crises in Flint and El Salvador

Since the dawn of civilization, humans have had to continuously improve the way we access, supply and sanitize water. Today, between the crisis in Flint, the disproportionate control of water resources in Africa and lack of proper sanitation in developing countries like Ghana and Nepal, it's clear that this remains a challenge for humans today. In an effort to garner more attention, support and solutions, Grand Valley State University is currently hosting an exhibit which addresses these issues.


What's wrong with being confident?

Telling women to cover up their bodies hardly encourages body love and empowerment. And for health and safety reasons? You’ve got to be kidding me. Is an inch of skin around the waist really that much more dangerous than the skin on the shoulders, thighs and arms? I’m no expert, but I think not. 

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Student comedians compete in Last Laker Standing finals

Grand Valley State University’s Campus Activity Board sponsored the annual Last Laker Standing finals which featured six student comedians. All students were invited to attend the free event on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale campus.   The Last Laker Standing competition has been in motion for the last several weeks. The six comedians were all required to audition in front of members of the Campus Activity Board in order to advance to the final competition.  

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Greek Life denounces fake 'frat' party, associated negative stereotypes

A party invitation scheduled for Saturday Feb. 9 held by fraternity Delta Psi Beta was distributed via Facebook last weekend to many students of the Grand Valley community. The only catch? Delta Psi Beta is not a real fraternity, and the rules outlined for the event were anything but tasteful. As Grand Valley State University continues to hold sanctions on Greek Life, including a ban on events with alcohol and suspension of chapter expansions, the Interfraternity Council (IFC) has been working to mend relations with the university and denounce the stereotypes surrounding Greek Life.