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'Conversations of Color' to focus on national-anthem kneeling controversy

To provide a safe space for students to talk about difficult and controversial topics, the Grand Valley State University Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) hosts its "Conversations of Color" discussion series every month on campus.   This month’s conversation will take place Wednesday, Jan. 24, at noon in the Kirkhof Center, Room 1240. The discussion is titled “The NFL and the #TakeAKnee Controversy." The OMA hopes to bring transparency to this national issue and give students the opportunity to openly discuss it.  

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Christy S. Coleman

Hauenstein Center to welcome guest speaker for MLK Week

The American Civil War was fought over the issue of slavery, yet more than 150 years later, some Americans still find themselves intertwined in a battle for equality, proving that important events in the past still influence the present. To discuss these influences, the significance of the Civil War and the work of Martin Luther King Jr., the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies will host Christy Coleman to lead a discussion on how people view history. 

GVL / Kevin Sielaff - Touré, Vice columnist and well known author, visits Grand Valley's Allendale campus on a chilly Jan. 18, 2016. Hundreds of students gathered inside the Fieldhouse to listen to Touré's keynote speech; the students also participated in a silent march before the event.

A complete guide to MLK Commemoration Week 2018

Since 2013, Grand Valley State University has been honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by dedicating an entire week each January to the commemoration of the late King. On Monday, Jan. 15, GVSU will continue its remembrance of King by starting the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week. 

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Grand Valley Police Department work alongside other safety departments in the surrounding area to train in the case of an active shooter on Sunday December 17, 2017.

GVPD holds active-shooter-response training in Mackinac Hall

Approximately 40-plus police officers, 20-plus firefighters and 20 to 25 volunteers participated in the Grand Valley State University Police Department’s largest annual training session designed to prepare its staff for an active-shooter situation on campus. As part of its yearly exercise, the GVPD partnered with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and other emergency organizations on Sunday, Dec. 17, to practice confrontation and rescue techniques. This year, local fire departments also participated for the first time.

GVL / Emily Frye - Christopher Stark works within the Laker Store on Wendesday, April 15, 2015.

Laker Store, Campus Dining locations see theft during fall semester

As Grand Valley State University concluded another semester, more crime statistics have been released by the GVSU Police Department. The Laker Store has seen 21 cases of retail fraud, more commonly known as shoplifting, spanning from August to the end of December 2017. According to GVPD Acting Director Brandon DeHaan, 16 of the suspected individuals have been identified, with appropriate punitive action taken depending on the degree of shoplifting. The 21 cases signify an increase from the 10 cases that were reported by the Grand Valley Lanthorn in November of 2016.