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Grand Valley State University's Beacon Since 1963, Allendale, MI
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FUNDRAISING RIVALRY

Published 10/19/14 10:08pm

This year, Grand Valley State University is taking a new approach to an old tradition. Rather than donating to just one charity during this year's Battle of the Valleys, GVSU has created the Children's Fund, which has the potential to benefit multiple charities or student organizations working with children.


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CAMPUS CAUTION

Grand Valley State University is known for having a safe campus. In 2012, it was ranked the sixth safest campus in Michigan and in 2011 it was in the top 10.

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TIGHT FIT

At Grand Valley State University, riding the bus is a full contact sport, especially for those students who ride Route 50.

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BEING AWARE

At Grand Valley State University, there are many events held to talk about difficult issues, such as politics and religious differences. But one of the most difficult situations to speak up about is sexual assault, especially if you are a victim.

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FOOD JUSTICE

There is an issue among students that is rarely discussed at Grand Valley State University but is highly prevalent: the affordability of food. Many students groan when they have to spend $50 or more on a grocery trip because it takes out a big portion of their earnings. Most work one or more jobs on top of a full time class load to afford necessities such as rent, gas and textbooks. Often, however, there's not much leftover to buy food for the week.

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PRIORITIES

In the past year, Grand Valley State University has finished construction on a new library, the Seidman College of Business and the James H. Zumberge Hall providing students and faculty with more classrooms, office space and study areas. By next fall, the construction of the new science laboratory building will also be finished. 

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Creating community

In their Religious Inclusion Policy, Grand Valley State University states that it "seeks to include, engage, and support a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff." Currently, however, the 31 percent of the campus community that is not affiliated with a Christian denomination is not being equally supported.

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WORK OF ART

It's that time of year again: ArtPrize is back in Grand Rapids. The Grand Valley State University community will flock downtown for the next few weeks to check out the thousands of art pieces scattered across the city.

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THE HEALTHY GAMES

At Grand Valley State University, students have several options when it comes to dining on campus. There are the traditional sit-down venues such as Engrained and Fresh Food Company, and there are the quick stops for students on the go such as the Lobby Shop in the Kirkhof Center or The Pod in Connection

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AVOID THE ILLNESS

Along with the approach of blustery days, sweater weather, cooler temperatures and trips to the apple orchard, the fall season also brings the flu season.

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