GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Dr. Simran Jeet Singh speaks to the crowd gathered at Loosemore Auditorium in downtown Grand Rapids on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Challenging racial bias, violence

Balbir Singh Sodhi was a Sikh American and proud gas station owner in Mesa, Arizona, when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks occurred. There were 2,977 innocents killed that day, but it was only the beginning of a larger massacre on American soil that took place over the course of many years.

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GVL/Archive - Vice President for Inclusion and Equity Jesse Bernal reviews the results of the Campus Climate Survey Tuesday, March 22, 2016 inside of Grand Valley's Kirkhof Center.

Ready for action

Recommendations for improving the campus climate were discussed in an open forum in the Kirkhof Center Thursday, March 30, in response to the expanded findings of Grand Valley State University’s 2015 Campus Climate Survey.

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Checks and balances

People can quickly get into a heated argument when they’re talking about politics, especially when the person they’re talking to has opposing views as them. Although on a national platform, the presidential election is over, there are still debates and politicking happening on Grand Valley State University’s campus.

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GVL/Kevin Sielaff - The Cook Carillon Tower and Grand Valley's central campus intersection is pictured on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017.

Delta Upsilon fraternity shut down at GVSU

An email was sent out to various members of the Greek community Thursday, March 16, warning students to be thoughtful about how they talked about the closing of the Delta Upsilon chapter at Grand Valley State University. Since the official announcement, the decision to close down a GVSU fraternity has spread to local and state-wide media stations.

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GVL / Luke Holmes - President T. Haas introduces the keynote speaker in the Fieldhouse Arena on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

21st Century Michigan Education Commission releases recommendations for state school systems

The 21st Century Michigan Education Commission has now concluded and has produced a report containing 32 recommendations pertaining to Michigan’s education system. The chairman of the commission, Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas, said the recommendations outlined in the report are necessary to save Michigan from its current low-ranking status in K-12 education.

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