GVL / Luke Holmes - Student Senate met in the Pere Marquette room on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.

Promoting religious diversity

Religion is a controversial topic that can cause some heated arguments at the dinner table. Grand Valley State University’s Kaufman Interfaith Institute strives to promote interfaith diversity and literacy between religions.

GVL / Luke Holmes - Student Senate held their first meeting of the year in the Pere Marquette Room Thursday, Sep. 1, 2016.

Creating transparency with student senate

Every Thursday at 4:30 p.m., student senate President Ella Fritzemeier bangs her gavel to indicate the start of the student senate general assembly. Eight vice presidents sit to her left and right and 50 senators are seated in front of her. But the gallery, meant for people from the public to sit, stays mostly empty.

GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Student Senate President Ella Fitzemeier speaks at the Holton-Hooker Learning and Living Center dedication on Friday, August 26, 2016.

Gov. Snyder hosts statewide conference on campus sexual assault

Focusing on breaking the stigma surrounding sexual assault, first lady Sue Snyder and Gov. Rick Snyder hosted the second annual conference on campus sexual assault Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the University of Michigan. Inviting leaders from universities across the state, the conference looked to bring student leaders, administrators and community members together to brainstorm preventative and educational measures around sexual violence. Grand Valley State University student senate President Ella Fritzemeier attended the event as well as GVSU police department Captain Brandon DeHaan, who currently serves at GVSU's Clery compliance officer.