GVL / Nick Moran

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. 

GVL / Dan Pacheco

GVS{You} Week, Founders Day join hands in celebrating GV growth

In a collaboration between Grand Valley State University’s Student Alumni Association, Office of Student Life and Laker for a Lifetime, GVS{You} Week and Founders Day shared a week of celebration together for the first time. In creating the collaboration, Associate Director of Student Life LeaAnn Tibbe said that the change provided all involved to combine the events and create a week full of thankfulness. 

GVL / Sheila Babbitt

Red Tide Tampon Drive strives to support feminine hygiene

A recent study conducted by the International Women’s Health Coalition and Clue determined that globally, 5,000 euphemisms for menstruation exist. In America, these euphemisms range from "Aunt Flo" to "Shark Week" to simply “that time of the month.”  For Grand Valley State University’s Co-chair of the Women’s Commission and Assistant to the Graduate School Jennifer Palm, having so many different names for a natural process experienced by roughly half of the population is cause for alarm.

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GV expands health campus with new building on Medical Mile

Grand Valley State University is continuing to grow its presence in Grand Rapids as it held a groundbreaking ceremony for its newest building on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health will compliment GVSU’s existing Cook-DeVos Health Science Building as well as the recently constructed Finkelstein Hall. The five-story, 160,000 square foot building will serve as an additional anchor to the Medical Mile corridor, illustrating the growing demand for health professionals in the greater Grand Rapids area. 

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New LIB 100 program encourages students helping students

Many first year college students find themselves struggling with lack of retention strategies. From not being able to recall information taught in lecture, to not being able to relate what was taught in lecture to out of class events, freshmen often find themselves in need of some extra help. This is why Grand Valley State University programs such as the new LIB 100 peer mentor program are created.  

Rolena Adorno speaking about what Columbus day means for us today and why Hispanic heritage month matters.  GVL / Andrew Nyhof

Yale professor discusses Latino history in guest discussion

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, Grand Valley State University hosted Professor of Spanish at Yale University Rolena Adorno to give a talk titled “What does Columbus Day mean? Why Hispanic Heritage Matters” in the Cook-Dewitt Center. The talk was given as part of the series of Hispanic Heritage Month events GVSU holds each year to both celebrate and educate the month. 

Eric Klingensmith (left) and Officer Brittany Howard (right) after presenting “Marijuana Truth, Lies and Consequences” at Kirkhof Center on October 16th, 2018. Courtesy / GVSU

ACES, GVPD co-host program about truth, fallacies surrounding marijuana

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Grand Valley State University students met in the Kirkhof Center with GVSU Counselor Eric Klingensmith and Community Police Officer Brittany Howard to discuss the truth about marijuana.  In an effort to promote health and safety while raising awareness to students, Klingensmith and Howard encouraged an open conversation about students’ knowledge and experience regarding the drug.