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Bystanders need to take responsibility for sexual assault

In the past few weeks, Grand Valley State University has sent out both a timely warning email and a safety notice email, alerting community members of an on-campus sexual assault and an attempted off-campus sexual assault, respectively. Both of these alerts described the perpetrators as groups of men, not lone predators. Perhaps more shockingly, in the case of the first timely warning, only one of the men was accused of assaulting the victim in question, while the rest of the men were merely observers who later ran away.

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Making the most of an art-filled weekend

These next few weeks, Grand Rapids and Allendale will be abuzz with art, culture and history. From ArtPrize to the Renaissance Festival to the Allendale Fall Festival to Family Weekend, the Grand Valley State University community will have more than enough opportunities to engage in local, family-friendly events celebrating the arts.

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Pedestrians need to be safer on campus

At Grand Valley State University, several precautions are made to ensure pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists stay safe as they pass through campus. During peak traffic hours, there are crossing guards who direct and stop traffic to ensure pedestrians cross the street safely. In addition, there are clearly delineated walking and biking paths through the Allendale Campus on one side of the road to ensure that pedestrians and bicyclists don't collide.

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Standing by DACA students

Whether you agree with President Trump's decision to end DACA or not, it is hard to take issue with Grand Valley state University President Thomas Haas' student outreach. For members of GVSU's community, the responsibility rests on our shoulders to make our campus environment welcoming to all. Regardless of our political views, this should include DACA students who are here for the same reason non-DACA students are: to get an education.

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