Local residents line up for Abdul El-Sayed rally in Grand Rapids.  GVL / McKenna Peariso

Candidate for Michigan governor visits Grand Rapids

With Michigan primaries just around the corner, several candidates are gearing up for election season. On Saturday July 28, governor candidate Abdul El-Sayed, visited Grand Rapids for a political rally to garner support for his campaign. Hundreds of residents from the area crowded Ottawa Hills High School to rally behind El-Sayed and several local government officials. 


'Ditch the Bed': Local salon provides safe alternative to tanning beds, campaigns for change

With no end in sight to Michigan’s winter weather, many people find themselves reminiscing on warmer days and missing their suntanned skin. This desire to look tan is particularly prevalent among college-aged women, many of whom turn to tanning beds to achieve that bronzy glow.  However common tanning may be, there are many proven negative effects associated with using tanning beds. 

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President Thomas Haas leads the annual toast at the Toast with T. Haas event on Wednesday April 18, 2018.

Class of 2018 celebrates Toast with T. Haas

Grand Valley State University’s class of 2018 piled into the Richard M. DeVos Center on Wednesday, April 18, for the annual Toast with T. Haas celebration. Seniors celebrated their pending graduation by toasting with GVSU President Thomas Haas and catching up with friends. The Laker for a Lifetime program has been hosting the event since 2013.

GVL / Dylan McIntyre. Thursday, April 12, 2018. Laker Effect Challenge. Liza Felix presenting her poster.

Laker Effect Challenge winners selected

Grand Valley State University faculty, students and staff pitched ideas in the Laker Effect Challenge, where six teams gave presentations at the L.V. Eberhard Center Auditorium on Thursday, April 12. Five thousand dollars in prize money was split among the top presenters, and $500 was divided between the highest-voted poster presentations.  

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Grand Rapids Public Library holding event on social media privacy

Nowadays, it is normal to share personal information extensively online, including pictures, work places and personal contact information. To teach Grand Rapids citizens about taking care of the information they post on social media, the Grand Rapids Public Library has organized a lesson for Tuesday, April 17, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Main Library.