GVL / Luke Holmes - Student Senate was held in the Kirkhof Center on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016.

Student senate discusses cabinet stipends

Conflict: every student organization experiences it, including the highest body of student government at Grand Valley State University - the student senate. During their general assembly meeting Thursday, Feb. 2, members of the senate brought forward the issue of transparency within the body.

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The race continues

After narrowing down 75 candidates to three finalists, it looked as though Grand Valley State University was getting ready to make a final choice on who would succeed Gayle Davis as GVSU's provost and vice president for student and academic affairs. However, after one finalist dropped her candidacy, President Thomas Haas called on the search committee to come up with an additional two candidates to interview.

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Students gather inside the Kirkhof Center on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 in protest of President Trump's immigration ban.

Creating a safe place

With protests against President Donald Trump occurring across the U.S. and worldwide after his controversial election, students, community members and U.S. residents in general have had a lot to say about Trump's recent executive orders. One of the issues gaining the most attention is Trump’s decision to put in place an order turning back refugees and other visitors from predominantly Muslim countries.

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GVL / Courtesy - Annie Bélanger

New dean of university libraries named

The search for a new dean of university libraries, following the retirement of Lee Van Orsdel, has concluded with the selection of Annie Bélanger, current associate university librarian at the University of Waterloo. The Grand Valley State University Office of the Provost selected Bélanger from a pool of other qualified candidates. Bélanger said this was the only dean position she applied for, and she also said GVSU is a well-renowned, even famous, university because of its student-focused library programming.

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'This is what a democracy looks like'

It's estimated that one in every 100 Americans marched Saturday, Jan. 21, to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump and promote the need for equal rights as part of the "Women's March on Washington." With marches on every continent, the march may go down in history as one of the largest forms of assemblies worldwide.

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GVL / Luke Holmes - The Post-Election Town Hall Meeting was held in the Kirkhof Center on Monday, Jan. 23, 2016.

Moving forward

The last of several post-election town hall meetings, sponsored by the Grand Valley State University Division of Inclusion and Equity, Community Service Learning Center and student senate, was held Monday, Jan. 23, in the Kirkhof Center Thornapple Room. Students, as well as educators and directors, gathered to discuss tactics for moving forward after the 2016 presidential election and 2017 inauguration of President Donald J. Trump.

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Wheelhouse Talks 1.20.17

Leadership as a 'superpower'

Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies hosted its latest installment of the Wheelhouse Talks, a program that features mentors who wish to share their leadership experiences and philosophy with the community.

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GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Suzeanne Benet presents during Grand Valley's annual Her Story series on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017.

Leading the community

From being raised in the suburbs of Georgia, to getting her first position in Chicago at DePaul University’s marketing school, to falling in love with Grand Valley State University as a professor and department chair, Suzeanne Benet has been through numerous trials and tribulations and met her fair share of people, both kind and unkind.

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