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Shelby Simpson assists Officer Minh Lien, Katrina Rast, and Genevieve Steffes with an alcohol demonstration for ACES on Wednesday Jan. 25, 2016.

Staying safe over spring break

Spring break is just around the corner, and the excitement is resonating throughout campus. This annual academic recess is a chance for students and faculty alike to take a breather, relax from the stresses of the semester and fuel up for the final stretch to finals. While spring break is highly anticipated, it does not come without risks. In fact, it has become quite common for students to find themselves in dangerous, risky situations while on spring break. This is due to a variety of conditions, including naivety, unpreparedness or obliviousness to the safety hazards that come with traveling and vacationing.

GVL / Kevin Sielaff - Volunteers help repair and assemble plane parts next to the launch site. Students of STEPS (Science, Technology, and Engineering Day Camps) fly planes that they have built during camp at Warped Wings Fly Field in Allendale on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

Association for Women in Science to host STEM workshops for middle schoolers at GVSU

What do you want to be when you grow up? Children are asked this simple question from the moment they can speak in complete, intelligible sentences. A firefighter, a construction worker, a princess, a dinosaur are all popular responses. Kids let their imaginations wander as they dream of what they can be, even if it is not feasible. Few kids right off the bat want to be something like an astrophysicist who deals with quantum subatomic theory at the molecular level or even a mechanical engineer. These decisions take time and hands-on interaction. At Grand Valley State University, these seeds of interest can be planted through hands-on activities and detailed information.

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'Sweetheart Swing' 

As Valentine’s Day approaches, students at Grand Valley State University are spreading positive vibes across campus. In celebration of the romantic holiday, the GVSU Swing Dance club will be hosting their annual Sweetheart Swing Dance.

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Mike Rogers, CNN national security commentator

Behind the screen

Working in a safe and secure cyber community is necessary when conducting business throughout the web to conserve any virtual-based entity, from an individual’s online presence to national security. To highlight how cyber security can affect various entities, like politics and space, CNN national security commentator Mike Rogers will speak at the Peter F. Secchia Breakfast Lecture Monday, Feb. 13, at Grand Valley State University’s L. William Seidman Center.

GVL/Kate Branum - UICA exhibitions; Here + Now, as seen on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.

UICA opens diversity exhibition

More often than not, today’s society seems to focus on the things that separate individuals from one another rather than highlighting the aspects that bind them together. The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in downtown Grand Rapids aims to bring people together to find common ground through its newest exhibitions, Us is Them and Here + Now.


Finding their way

All first year students, including transferees, of Grand Valley State University are once again welcomed to take part in the biannual First Year Leadership Experience. Within this six-week program, students may assimilate skills regarding leadership and productivity within the Laker community.

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The Idlewild Club House, Idlewild, Mich., pictured in September of 1938.

'Whatever Happened to Idlewild?'

The Grand Valley State University community will have the opportunity to watch “Whatever Happened to Idlewild?” with the movie’s director Thursday, Feb. 9. The screening will take place in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons Multipurpose Room from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will be directly followed by a Q&A session with filmmaker Coy Davis Jr.