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Student puts out a cigarette outside of the Connection Commons on Saturday November 14, 2014.

GVSU Wellness looking for student support of smoking ban

Grand Valley State University is just one of two public institutions in Michigan that has yet to go tobacco-free.  In late March, GVSU student senate voted against supporting a proposal that would implement a tobacco ban on the university's campuses. The proposed ban wasn't just limited to traditional cigarettes: Vaporizers and e-cigarettes also fell under the proposal.

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GVSU tentatively approved for bump in state funding

Grand Valley State University may be a little closer to reaching its goal for state funding.  In March, GVSU President Thomas Haas and members of student senate took the fight to Lansing, where they spoke in front of Michigan State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker’s Appropriations Subcommittee for Higher Education. The funding on the table for higher education in Michigan as a whole was $17 million more than what Gov. Rick Snyder had originally proposed, increasing from $28.6 million to $45.6 million. GVSU will receive 3.7 percent of the $45.6 million. Last week, student senators learned that the committee had approved this request.

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The Sudent Senate holds a meeting to elect new officers on April 5th, 2018. Voting will commence next week for the new Vice Presidents of the committees.

Student senate sets 2018-19 budget

Grand Valley State University's student senate has set the university's 2018-19 Student Life Fund. The fund jumps from $1.07 million for fiscal year (FY) 2017-18 to just below $1.1 million for FY 2018-19. Club sports once again received the largest increase in allocations for the coming academic year, increasing from $425,000 to $440,000. 

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GVL /Matt Read Student Senate meets on Thursday November 13th, 2017. They opened with discussing their social media outreach.

Rachel Jenkin elected student senate president

At the Grand Valley State University student senate general assembly Thursday, April 12, new cabinet members were elected from the body for the 2018-19 academic year. By the end of the night, Rachel Jenkin, vice president of campus affairs from this academic year, was named the president-elect, while Morgan Mattler, vice president of public relations this academic year, was elected as the new executive vice president. 

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Student leaders from Forest Hills Northern High School direct the March For Our Lives protest in Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday March 24, 2018.

1 in 5 Americans has participated in protests since 2016, study finds

Since 2016, numerous protests and marches have taken place across the country, many of them dealing with issues viewed as being related to President Donald Trump. But just how many Americans are actually protesting, and what do these modern movements look like compared with the protests of 50 years ago? Recently, The Washington Post put out an article detailing a study on this topic.  

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