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Grand Rapids welcomes third annual Comic-Con convention

Celebrities, artists and experts on all things pop-culture flocked to Grand Rapids this during the weekend of Nov. 9 for the third annual Comic-Con. Comic-Con is a national convention that showcases multi-genre entertainment as well as everything from the gaming and comic realms.  Comic-Con returned to the DeVos Place on Friday, Nov. 9 and continued through Sunday, Nov. 11. Fans were lined out the door, bearing Grand Rapids' first snowfall of the season as they waited in anticipation to enter. The guests who attended were fans with a passion for superheroes, anime, collectible merchandise, gaming and comics. 

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Seidman College of Business to host ATHENA Connections

According to Greek mythology, Athena is a goddess known for her courage, strength and wisdom. Today, these characteristics are brought to life through ATHENA Connections, a program focused on connecting students to leaders in West Michigan.  This Friday, Nov. 9 from 12 to 2 p.m., the Seidman College of Business is hosting ATHENA Connections at the L. William Seidman Center located in downtown Grand Rapids. At the event, students will learn about the ATHENA Leadership Model, which focuses on eight tenets: Authentic Self, Relationships, Giving Back, Collaboration, Courageous Acts, Learning, Fierce Advocacy and Celebration and Joy. 

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GVSU Council for Exceptional Children to hold 23rd annual Symposium

On Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 to 3 p.m., the Grand Valley State University Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is hosting the 23rd annual Symposium in the GVSU Kirkhof Center. This day of professional development will begin with breakfast followed by an address from the keynote speaker and inspirational educator Christina Costa. The event will then continue with breakout sessions which feature more special guest educators where students will network and take in a variety of useful information. 

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GVSU to hold Day of the Dead celebration

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has been an integral part of the Mexican culture ever since the Spanish invaders introduced the custom in the early 1500’s. Now, Grand Valley State University aims to honor this tradition by sponsoring a Day of the Dead Celebration to educate students on the importance of the holiday.  On Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m., the Latin American Studies and Modern Languages and Literature programs are hosting the Day of the Dead Celebration in the GVSU Fredrick Meijer Honors College. True to its origin, this event is a time to remember lost loved ones and celebrate their memory. There will be an authentic Mexican ofrenda, live music and food to insure students the full Día de los Muertos experience. 

The Women's Center can provide resources for women going through domestic violence. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

GVSU encourages students to speak up against sexual violence

Every 98 seconds, someone experiences sexual violence in America. Out of every 1,000 reported cases, only six people will see time in prison, according to RAINN.org. Since the Fall 2018 semester began at Grand Valley State University, the Grand Valley Police Department has received reports of sexual violence nearly every week from students living on or near campus. Though some students have reported their situations, only 31 percent of all sexual violence cases are reported. 

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Event set to discuss GV’s history of diversity

Grand Valley State University was established in 1960, right in the midst of the civil rights movement. At the time of opening, GVSU was predominantly white, and it wasn’t until the end of the civil rights movement that African Americans were truly integrated into the GVSU community. Years later, diversity is not only celebrated at GVSU, but is also a major priority.  To celebrate the diversity of the GVSU community, as well as recognize the history and bravery behind it, the GVSU African American Alumni Chapter is partnering with the Division of Inclusion and Equity to sponsor an event called “Paving the Way for Future Generations: Stories of African Americans Who Were Firsts at Grand Valley.” The event is taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 5:45 p.m. at the Alumni House Perry Dining Room. 

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Poetry slam to be held for Domestic Violence awareness

In 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence coined October as Domestic Violence Awareness month. Since then, the month of October has been a time to educate people on Domestic Violence and support victims.  This October, the Grand Valley State University It’s On Us As Lakers organization is partnering with Anchored in Poetry to present the Slamming the Stigma event. The event, which is taking place this Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m., is an open mic night focused one spreading awareness on Domestic Violence.

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Outdoor Adventures Program to host trip to northwest Michigan

Grand Valley State University’s Outdoor Adventures Program will be providing students an opportunity to explore the west side of Michigan. The program will be hosting a trip to Ludington, MI on Saturday, Oct. 13.  The Outdoors Adventures Program offers a variety of programs and services, including climbing workshops and training, gear rental and a variety of different trips.  The program offers a series of four different types of day trips, which includes outings to Grand Haven, Ludington, Muskegon and Holland. The upcoming Ludington trip gives participants the opportunity to go on a guided hike and explore the nearby state park.

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Puerto Rico in My Heart exhibit celebrates 50th anniversary of Young Lords Organization

The Puerto in My Heart exhibit helps celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Young Lords organization and their transformation from a gang to political activists. The exhibit can be found in the Exhibition Space located in the Mary Idema Pew Library from Wednesday, Sept. 26 through Wednesday, Nov. 14.  Leigh Rupinski, the Archivist for Public Services and Community here at Grand Valley State University, was in charge of putting the exhibit together. “It talks about the history and it walks through some of the steps they took toward social justice,” said Rupinski. “It shows some of the activism that they participated in.”