Courtesy: Peter Riemersma

Geology Department connects through annual chili cook-off

On Monday, Feb. 11, over 75 Grand Valley State University students, faculty and staff filed into the Padnos Hall of Science for the chili experience of a lifetime. For 15 years, the GVSU Geology Department has held a chili cook-off that brings students and professors together for a relaxed night of food and fun.  The chili cook-off was first created by Geology Professor and Chili Coordinator Peter Riemersma. Since its start, the event has not only grown, but become a welcome tradition. With help from Professors Janet Potgeter and Kevin Cole, Riemersa still organizes and runs the event. 

Courtesy: Hanna Nordbeck

Braving the cold: GV students to travel to Ice Fest

Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17, professional ice climbing athletes from all over the world are flying to Munising, Mich. for the annual Michigan Ice Festival. Grand Valley State University community members will be joining them in a thrilling weekend, inviting students to climb world-class ice on the frozen waterfalls of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  GVSU’s Climbing Center and Hospitality and Tourism Management Department will be taking a group of 15 to 20 students to Ice Fest. These students will experience a weekend of ice climbing, giveaways and meetings with professional mountain climbers.

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GVSU Recreation to host Love Your Body Week

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is an international awareness affair, and Grand Valley State University is participating with this 19th annual event to promote a healthy body image in its own community.  Through a combined effort by Campus Recreation, the Center for Women and Gender Equity, the University Counseling Center and Campus Dining, the Love Your Body Week 2019 will take place Monday, Feb. 18 through Thursday, Feb. 28. The programs this week features aim to educate students about positive body image, the media’s influence on body image, healthy eating habits and more. Some of the events include free group exercise classes, cooking demonstrations, Body Positivity Bash and eating disorder screenings. 

GVL / Kevin Sielaff - Drag Queen Ginger Ambrosia, otherwise known as Nathan Bentley, performs at Rumors Nightclub in Grand Rapids on Oct. 7.

RHA drag show to be the largest in GVSU history

Each year, the Grand Valley State University Residence Housing Association (RHA) hosts a drag show for GVSU students, faculty and staff. In the past few years, the shows have grown tremendously, and this year is set to be the biggest drag show the GVSU community has ever seen.  “This drag show is going to feature some of the best local, national and international queens, which is so much larger than the drag shows in the past,” said Vice President of Programming for RHA Chris Gard. “The size of this show has required many months of planning to accomplish the large-scale show we want.”

Courtesy: GVSU Asian Student Union

GV to host Asian New Year Festival

The festival will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9th from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room 2250. The Asian New Year is a huge celebration and a time to make memories with family and friends ringing in the Lunar New Year. The Lunar calendar is celebrated by Asian countries with a variety of festivities and gatherings. The GVSU festival showcases a multitude of cultures from countries all over Asia.

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"We Are Not Invisible" program to celebrate black history

Each year, Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) day is celebrated to display MLK’s importance in human history. This year through the “We are not Invisible” program, the Multicultural Affairs Department at Grand Valley State University strives to not only recognize the day, but to make a regular routine in celebrating the important contributions that African Americans have made. On Friday, Feb. 1, the Multicultural Affairs Department will be hosting “We are not Invisible” from 12 to 1:30 p.m. There will be a variety of activities going on with focus primarily on the significance of Black History Month.

Courtesy / Special Olympics Michigan

It’s time to take the plunge, Lakers

There is over 20 thousand Special Olympics athletes in the state of Michigan alone. Special Olympics, which was founded in 1968, aims to use the power of sports to empower and support those with intellectual disabilities. The organization supports over five million athletes worldwide, and is entirely volunteer and donation driven.  This Saturday, Feb. 2, residents of West Michigan will have the opportunity to support Special Olympics by participating in the Grand Rapids Polar Plunge. The plunge will take place at 5 p.m. at the Score Restaurant and Sports Bar, with registration starting at 3 p.m. 

GVL / Sheila Babbitt

Health forum to explore organ transplantation

Grand Valley State University continues its commitment to health education through various health forum events, the most recent upcoming event will be held on Friday, Feb. 1 in the Loosemoore Auditorium. "Organ Donation and Plastination," the forum’s topic for discussion, is open to the public and aims to show the current realities of the organ transplant process. Presentations begin at 8 a.m. with a range of health and transplant experts from GVSU and the west Michigan area, the event will conclude at 9:30.