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GV's 'fishladder' promotes student voices through art

Since 1970, students at Grand Valley State University have submitted their work for publication to the university’s art journal, fishladder. Originally called Amaranthus and Italics, the journal seeks art, photography, drama, poetry and creative writing to promote student work and spark discussion. Fishladder is student-run, including submitters, editors and layout staff, with a new magazine released each April. 

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Grand Valley’s Orchestra performing February 19 in the Cook-DeWitt Center under the direction of Henry Duitman.  GVL / Andrew Nyhof

GV professors showcased in faculty concert

While Grand Valley State University music students often undergo juries and recitals, professors got to take their turn on Feb. 19 with the Faculty with Strings concert. The performance featured music faculty with the GVSU Chamber Orchestra, directed by conducting professor Henry Duitman. Three professors were showcased as soloists: voice professors Alexander Hahn and Jennifer Sung and clarinet professor Gary June.

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Students work inside the Mary Idema Pew Library on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. GVL / Hannah Zajac 

Subscription inflation, enrollment dips cause library budget cuts

Grand Valley State University’s libraries is in the preliminary process of cutting over $800,000 for its collections budget to combat the rising prices of subscription-based services and an absence of bonus funds from the Provost’s office. In a January 2019 memo from University Libraries, the process will include the collection of feedback from students and faculty to ultimately make cancellations to journals and databases by January 2020.  Associate Dean of Curation, Publishing and Preservation Services Jeffery Daniels said that out of the library’s approximate budget of $12 million, there is little wiggle room in finding ways to cut costs. Nearly $6 million of those funds supports faculty and staff and approximately $5.2 million is set aside for collections, with the remaining funds being used for library upkeep and support, such as furniture and technology maintenance. 

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When the library must make cuts, students bleed

When a person decides to further their education and pursue a degree, the availability of credible educational resources is just as important as which institution and which program they select. A well-organized and well-staffed library is arguably the single most important tool any student or scholar could ever utilize. That being said, Grand Valley State University’s lack of $800,000 to supplement the University Libraries budget by January 2020 would be counterproductive as it pertains to giving students and instructors the access they need to subscription-based academic journals and other valuable academic resources.

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Students getting food at Kleiner Commons. GVL / Andrew Nyhof

Board of Trustees approves housing, meal plan price increases for 2019-20 school year

Friday, Feb. 8, Grand Valley State University’s Board of Trustees approved price increases for on-campus housing and meal plans for the 2019-2020 academic year. The unanimous vote increased housing costs by $17 per semester and main meal plan costs by $50 per semester. The total increase was 2.2 percent, a $1.2 million increase overall.  The decision by the board was reached following reviews of GVSU’s tuition costs, as well as the costs of facility operations and student employment. Each year, the board addresses the housing and dining rates in February and tuition rates in July. The July date gives the administration time to factor in enrollment numbers for the fall in calculating tuition rates it proposes to trustees.

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GV Opera Theatre showcases 'Wonderful Town'

On Friday, Feb. 15, Grand Valley State University’s Opera Theatre presented “Wonderful Town,” a production originally created by composer Leonard Bernstein and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. GVSU's run of the productions began the weekend of Feb. 8 and wrapped the following weekend on Feb. 17.

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The “Stories of Summer” exhibition in the exhibation space in Mary Idmea Pew Library at GVSU on display the week of February 10th, 2019. GVL / Emily Modloff

Local LGBT history explored in ‘Stories of Summer’ exhibit

While the harsh winter has canceled classes and left students dreaming of warmer weather, Grand Valley State University’s Kutsche Office of Local History has planned an exhibit to remind students of sunnier days ahead and provide a historical view of the local LGBT community. The “Stories of Summer” series features photographs of summer memories throughout the history of Douglas and Saugatuck, two Michigan towns who acted as a safe space for LGBT youth, accompanied by informational text.

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Blackbear to perform at GVSU for Spring Conert

Matthew Musto, better known by his stage name “blackbear”, has been booked to perform at Grand Valley State University’s spring concert on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Fieldhouse Arena.  The R&B artist/rapper received the most votes in a survey sent out in fall 2018 by the Campus Activities Board regarding who students would like to see this April. Kalie Tomlinson, who was in charge of planning the show, cited this as making him the clear top-choice for both the community and the board.

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GV, Oakland withstand enrollment drops over past years

With the number of in-state high school graduates decreasing, many Michigan public universities are struggling to attract prospective students. In contrast with these schools are Oakland University and Grand Valley State University, universities that both experienced an increase in enrollment over the past decade.  Michigan’s high school graduation has decreased to a projected 99,000 students for the 2019-2020 academic year, down from a high of 123,576 students in the 2007-2008 academic year. These dwindling class sizes prompt serious concerns from universities across the state, as the overall student body from which to pull from is becoming increasingly smaller every year. 

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