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.

GVL / Courtesy - Elizabeth Lienau
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.

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.


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.

GVL / Courtesy - Jason Blanks
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.

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.