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COURTESY | PHI MU SORORITY - GVSU’s Phi Mu sisters volunteer for Helen DeVos Childrens Hospital Wednesday, Feb. 8 

Valentine's for a cause

The popular phrase “children are the future” was honored by the Grand Valley State University sorority Phi Mu Wednesday, Feb. 8, when the Greek organization volunteered at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. The organization’s event at the hospital involved the sorority members making Valentine’s Day cards with the children. It was said by Phi Mu members that activities like this allow the children to feel an escape of sorts from the daily struggles of their illnesses.

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GVL/Mackenzie Bush - Melanie Rabine-Johnson and Patrick Johnson sell Valentines to raise money for the Women’s Center, Monday Feb. 13, 2017.

'Cupid's Contributions'

For some, buying for Valentine’s Day is a breeze and often involves a bouquet of flowers or store bought card for $4.99 covered in hearts and glitter. However, other students or faculty at Grand Valley State University might have procrastinated in the gift department. With this in mind, the GVSU Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors hosted the third annual “Cupid’s Contributions” event Monday, Feb. 13 and Tuesday, Feb. 14, as funds contributed to the food pantry “Replenish,” which is sponsored by the Women’s Center.

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GVL / Courtesy -  Alex Candela

'Sweetheart Swing' 

As Valentine’s Day approaches, students at Grand Valley State University are spreading positive vibes across campus. In celebration of the romantic holiday, the GVSU Swing Dance club will be hosting their annual Sweetheart Swing Dance.

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GVL / Courtesy - Eric Lacerna

GVSU houses a new campus drag club

Courtesy of Grand Valley State University’s newly formed drag club, not all Mondays are dull. On a weekly basis, students can gather in the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center for a night filled with colorful outfits, diverse company and topics in drag.

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GVL / Courtesy - Anna Campbell
"Chosen Family, Chosen Name, Separatist, Safe Space, Ex-Pat, Invert, Homophile, Homestead" display

'Almost Home'

Across the globe, the idea of home translates differently from person to person. In general terms, the word simply means a place of residence, family or a location with fond memories. For others, this concept is not conveyed in a traditional standpoint. With this vision in mind, Grand Rapids artist Anna Campbell, assistant professor in Grand Valley State University’s department of art and design, created her work “Chosen Family, Chosen Name, Separatist, Safe Space, Ex-Pat, Invert, Homophile, Homestead,” which was on display at the Mary Idema Pew Library Friday, Jan. 13 through Tuesday, Jan. 31.

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Austin Vignola of the Sigma Epsilon Fraternity on Tuesday Jan. 31, 2017.

GVSU fraternity to spend Valentine's Day raising funds for childhood cancer

For some people, Valentine’s Day means indulging sweets and spending the night alone, while others might be first in line at the supermarket with a box full of chocolates and giant stuffed animal that says “be mine.” However, Grand Valley State University’s Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) plans to celebrate the day by dropping carnations on students’ doorsteps and serenading them from a secret, or not-so-secret, admirer.

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Jessica Knapp, Kathleen Wittman, Quincy Williams

Alternative Breaks gears up for 'Service Saturday'

When it comes to giving back to the community, the Grand Valley State University student organization Alternative Breaks finds service to be not only a hobby but a lifestyle shared with close friends. Continuing its tradition of dedicating personal time to aid others, Alternative Breaks will be holding service hours Saturday, Feb. 11. Service Saturday is a monthly volunteer opportunity that allows for students to participate in local communities.

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