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Explore cultures at Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival

Living in the United States, we are constantly exposed to Hollywood blockbusters. Although we have spent hours siting on the couch, shoveling down popcorn and binge watching Netflix, many of us haven’t experienced the style, imagery and imagination of films set and created in other areas, such as Latin America. On Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7, multiple award winning films from Latin America will be displayed right here in Grand Rapids for the Latin American Film Festival. This will be the ninth annual Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival (GRLAFF) and will be free and open to the public. 

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GV students recognized for excellence in broadcasting

After hours of hard work both in front of and behind the camera, a handful of Grand Valley State University Multimedia Journalism students were recognized at the Great Lakes Media Conference. The conference was hosted by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and took place on March 5 and 6.  For the second year in a row, GVSU’s West Side Stories Television took first place in the Daily Newscast category of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ Student Awards. West Side Stories is a student-run program that focuses on interesting stories about people and places in west Michigan. The program started in 2017, and has since received early and consistent success.

Alpha Omicron Pi held their Annual Spaghetti Dinner to raise money for “IKUS” on Wednesday February 20th, 2019.  GVL / Emily Modloff

Alpha Omicron Pi serves community and spaghetti

The oldest Panhellenic chapter on Grand Valley State University’s campus hosted their oldest annual event on Wednesday, Feb. 20 to support their local charity.  Since 2006, Alpha Omicron Pi has hosted its annual Spaghetti Dinner to raise money for IKUS Life Enrichment Services. The sisters come together to string lights, lay tablecloths and cook spaghetti in preparation for this famous event. In addition to spaghetti, meatballs and salad, the chapter orders Olive Garden breadsticks every year by popular demand to serve guests and make the experience even more memorable. 

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Office of Multicultural Affairs to host “Black Girls Rock”

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Office of Multicultural Affairs will be hosting “Black Girls Rock” for the first time ever at Grand Valley State University. This event, which is based off of the original TV show on Black Entertainment TV (BET), will give spotlight to some of the most influential Black women professionals right here at GVSU. “Black Girls Rock” originated from an award show that happens yearly on BET. During the show, Producer Beverly Bond acknowledges the work that Black women have done across the world. 

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Blackbear to perform at GVSU for Spring Conert

Matthew Musto, better known by his stage name “blackbear”, has been booked to perform at Grand Valley State University’s spring concert on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Fieldhouse Arena.  The R&B artist/rapper received the most votes in a survey sent out in fall 2018 by the Campus Activities Board regarding who students would like to see this April. Kalie Tomlinson, who was in charge of planning the show, cited this as making him the clear top-choice for both the community and the board.

Women, Gender, and sexuality studies anniversary celebration. March 21st, 2019. GVSU PEW Campus, Loosemore Auditorium. Alumni Panel. Julia Mason, Kristen J. Cuhran fuller, Jazz Mckinney, Erika Vandyke, Dani Vilella. GVL / Benjamin Hunt

Celebrating 45 years of Women's Studies at GV

The WGS anniversary celebration was held on March 21 on GVSU’s downtown campus with several other workshops occurring during the week with keynote speaker Dr. Mel Michelle Lewis. The event centered around the effect the WGS program has had on its students, community and the progression of marginalized voices. Beginning with an alumni panel, the celebration was able to note how WGS studies can make all the difference both before and after college.

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GVPD presents Stop the Bleed seminars

Created in 2013 by the American College of Surgeons after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Stop the Bleed attendees will learn to control bleeding by direct pressure, wound packing and the use of tourniquets. They will also learn to identify life-threatening bleeding and how to take further action depending on the location of the wound. According to research cited by the Stop the Bleed campaign, about 40% of trauma-related deaths are caused by uncontrolled bleeding, making it one of the leading causes of preventable death.  

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Gift of Life: You can be the cure

You can be the cure: Gift of Life GVSU strives to help blood cancer patients Every four minutes, a child or adult in the United States is diagnosed with some form of blood cancer, ultimately affecting nearly 170,000 people each year. There are no specific traits that could cause blood cancer; it could occur in anyone, anytime. Cures for many patients are possible, but the shortage of registered bone marrow donors leaves many patients waiting years to receive a transplant, if ever. Gift of Life at Grand Valley State University recognizes the need for more donors and encouraged more than 100 people to step up at their registration event last week. 

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GV writing and art students create unique stories at Desire: Storytellers / Storymakers

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word “desire” as “to long or hope for.”  In a societal and psychological context, desire is the force that motivates people to strive for more, aim higher, and better themselves. To explore and demonstrate the energy of desire, Grand Valley State University writing and art students will soon collaborate in an exhibition that portrays the rawness of internal yearnings, entitled Desire: Storytellers / Storymakers.  On Monday, April 1, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Calder Art Center, the collaborative exhibition between two GVSU departments will take place. The Advanced Fiction and Creative Nonfiction courses and Intermediate Jewelry and Metalsmithing course have come together to investigate all facets of the word “desire.”