A student uses the new Laker Guardian App.  GVL / Sheila Babbitt

Laker Guardian app expands student safety efforts

In an effort to ensure campus safety and easy access to emergency services, Grand Valley State University has recently updated their Laker Guardian app and encourage students and faculty to download it on their mobile devices.  Have you ever been afraid to walk from class to your car? Do you get worried during your past-dark workouts? Have you ever been on a first date that’s left you feeling uncomfortable? Now, thanks to a collaboration between the Grand Valley Police Department and RaveGuardian, the Laker Guardian app provides students with a virtual buddy when safety concerns arise. 

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GVSU Women’s Commission hosts annual Fall Welcome

Grand Valley’s Women’s Commission hosted their annual kick-off event on Wednesday, Sept. 26—the Fall Welcome. The event was hosted in Grand Rapids for the first time ever in hopes of attracting more guests than usual. Each year, the Fall Welcome event is an opportunity to welcome the Laker community back to campus and see all the new faces at the beginning of the semester.

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Climate change conference to welcome distinguished researchers on campus

The Koeze Business Ethics Initiative (KBEI) housed in Grand Valley’s Seidman College of Business will be hosting a climate change conference on Oct. 10 to examine the many different viewpoints on the subject. The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. in the William Seidman Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. It will host a panel of speakers from Grand Rapids and other parts of the world to discuss how climate change impacts different professions and communities. 

Insomnia Cookies, 10745 48th Ave Suite A-100, Allendale Charter Twp.  GVL / Katherine Vasile 

Insomnia Cookies looks to cater to your late-night munchies

Open just in time for Grand Valley State University's 2018 fall semester, Insomnia Cookies provides decadent treats to fuel the study sessions that last long into the night. The chain is a popular staple on many college campuses across the country, as students are one of the target demographics specifically identified by the brand. Joining a number of other establishments such as Cottage Inn Pizza and Mully’s Bar and Grill, Insomnia Cookies hopes to capitalize on its proximity to a number of off-campus housing complexes, such as Meadows Crossing and Campus West Apartments. 

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GVSU hosts Fall 2018 study abroad fair

This semester's study abroad fair will showcase new destinations added for students to explore. This will include Iceland for the geology department, a trip to Chile for students participating in Trio, a new government organization toward first-time students going to college in their family, as well as a trip to Spain for athletes and their coaches. The most common destinations for students last year included the United Kingdom, Spain, and Ghana.

Alumnus Joe Howard III (left) and Kevin Schultz.  Courtesy / Junk King

GVSU alumnus donates cleanup services at football game

Cans and bottles strewn across the parking lots, wrappers and cups scattered in the stands, and so much wasted food. This massive mess often requires a team of volunteers who generally have to heap everything into a trash pile and dispose of it. Grand Valley State University is no exception, which is why on Sept. 22, GVSU alumnus and local business owner Joe Howard decided to volunteer his services to help clean up after the game against Michigan Tech. 

Conversations of Color, September 19th 2018, in the office of Multicultural Affairs.  GVL / Katherine Vasile 

Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts Conversation of Color

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) celebrates their 30 year dedication on Wednesday, Sept. 19 by focusing their most recent Conversation of Color on underrepresented populations, and with the General Elections drawing near, voting and the importance behind youth participation in the election process was a main topic.    Conversations of Color are dialogues hosted monthly by the OMA from noon to 1 p.m. in the Office of Multicultural Affairs lobby, located at 1240 Kirkhof Center. Topics revolve around current events or social justice issues, and this has become a space for students to find clarity on complex issues happening in our world today. Past discussions have included Islamophobia, DACA, the Charlottesville incident and kneeling during the national anthem. 

Hauenstein Center hosts dean of Yale Law School, Heather Gerken on September 18th, 2018 in the Richard M DeVos Center Loosemore Auditorium.  GVL/Katherine Vasile 

GVSU’s Hauenstein Center hosts Dean of Yale Law School

Last week, Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies hosted guest speaker Heather Gerken, Dean of the Yale Law School. Gerken spoke in the Loosemore Auditorium on GVSU’s Pew Campus on Sept. 18 as a part of the center’s Common Ground Initiative. Program Director Scott St. Louis said that the Hauenstein Center was pleased to host her. 

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Office of Student Affairs announces Student Advisory Board

As the new Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Loren Rullman kicks off his first semester at Grand Valley State University. His first main focus is to bridge the gap between students and university members. In doing so, the Office of Student Affairs has introduced a Student Advisory Board that will be implemented this academic year.