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Grand Valley purchases 3.5 acres to build on for downtown parking on Feb. 22, 2017.

GVSU to lease, buy land to build parking lots downtown

At its meeting in Detroit Friday, Feb. 10, the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees voted to rent and ultimately purchase 3.5 acres of land near the Pew Campus from the Louis Padnos Iron and Metal Company. Pending approval from the City of Grand Rapids, GVSU intends to convert the land into parking lots by August 2017.

GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Professor Louis Moore speaks during the Democracy: 101 event on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

'Protest and love'

Since its inception, protests in the U.S. has not come in blips, but in waves. From the revolution of 1776, to the call of abolitionism in the 1800s, to the widespread fight against the Vietnam War in the 1960s, protestors have fought at injustices in their cultures and lives since the beginning.


Bolstering scholarship

A strong leader is someone who is willing to take risks for the betterment of the majority. A passionate leader is someone who takes the time to listen to those whom they are leading and takes all of their opinions into consideration. A wise leader weighs their options and thinks through a decision, instead of acting on pure impulse. The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University is striving to mold young leaders to have those qualities in its Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy (CLA), which is now accepting nominations and applications for membership in its ranks.

GVL/Hannah Zajac - George Heartwell, a member of President Obama's Climate Change Adaptation Task Force and of the American Bar Association Task Force on Sustainable Developement, gives a presentation on adapting to climate change to a group of GV students on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.

"Beyond the Paris Accords"

George Heartwell, former mayor of Grand Rapids, came to Grand Valley State University Tuesday, Feb. 21, for an event titled “Beyond the Paris Accords: Adaptation Planning and Local Government.” He spoke about his role in dealing with climate change at the local level, specifically as mayor.


Building the budget

Year after year, Grand Valley State University puts out performance metrics that rank amongst the top three in public universities in the state of Michigan. Year after year, however, GVSU does not receive near as much funding as other institutions do. Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder released his proposed budget for the fiscal year 2018. In it was an across-the-board increase for higher education by 2.5 percent. Each school, however, received individual percent increases; GVSU was recommended for a 3.4 percent increase in state funding, the highest increase among all the universities.

GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Heather Tafel, associate professor of political science at GVSU, presents during Grand Valley's first Democracy: 101 event inside the Kirkhof Center on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.

Do third parties stand a chance?

The 2016 presidential election sparked fresh debate about the role and potential of third parties in the United States’ political system. Is it worthwhile to vote for a third-party candidate, or would that be throwing away a vote? Is there any chance for a third party to receive enough support to break the long-standing two-party system? To answer these and other questions, the Grand Valley State University Community Service Learning Center (CSLC) hosted its first Democracy 101 event, “Elections & Two-Party Systems: Why Third Parties Have It Rough,” Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Kirkhof Center.

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President Thomas J. Haas (left), and Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson (right)

A step ahead

It was no accident that Roy Wilson, president of Wayne State University, picked out a Laker Blue tie the morning of Friday, Feb. 10. Gathered in the Grand Valley State University Detroit Center for the Board of Trustees meeting, leaders from GVSU and Wayne State's School of Medicine signed documentation Friday to put the "Early Assurance" partnership program into action.

GVL/Mackenzie Bush - Nekeya Graham, presenter on funding and higher education, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.

Looking at college funding

All throughout the month of February, Grand Valley State University’s Community Service Learning Center (CSLC) has hosted numerous events related to the funding of higher education within the state of Michigan. To continue this conversation about college tuition and aid, the CSLC scheduled a “Democratic Dialogue” event Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center.