Laker Life

Joel Paauwe, '15, pictured in front of the Laker Marching Band during Fan Fest August 23. Courtesy / Bernadine Carey-Tucker

GV welcomes a new voice for the Laker Marching Band

After 23 years, Grand Valley State University is welcoming a new Voice of the Laker Marching Band. Joel Paauwe, GVSU alumnus, is here to step up and fill the shoes of Tom Yackish, who retired from the role after 23 years.  In the role of the “Voice,” Paauwe introduces the Laker Marching Band to the crowd during pregame and halftime at football games. Occasionally, Paauwe will also travel with the band to some of their other events such as Bandorama and Art Prize. 

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Courtesy / GR College Week

Grand Rapids welcomes college students during GR College Week

Grand Rapids welcomes college students to explore the city during the annual GR College Week. Monday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 16, the city will open its arms to all college students within the area. It is a week designed to get students out and about in the city of Grand Rapids. GR College Week is not just for Grand Valley State University college students; it is a joint effort between the city and all of the different colleges that are located nearby. Colleges such as GRCC, Calvin College, Ferris State University and many more are welcome to participate in the events as well.

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Courtesy / GVSU Office of Multicultural Affairs

Grand Valley Office of Multicultural Affairs to host Intercultural Student Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the annual Intercultural Student Reception is being held in the Kirkhof Center’s Grand River Room. This event provides an opportunity for GVSU faculty, staff and student organizations to connect with the student body. More than 20 student organizations will be present to share information about their club and encourage visitors to join. Many faculty members will also be attending the reception to inform new students about the numerous offices and resources on campus that may be beneficial throughout the school year.

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Courtesy / Hanson Photography

GV alumni paddle across Lake Michigan

In the early hours of Thursday, Aug. 9, Eric Strickler, 2008 graduate, and Daniel Bonner, 2009 graduate, set off on a 79-mile paddle boarding journey. The two Lakers started in Wisconsin and paddled all the way across Lake Michigan.  “We paddled from Milwaukee over to Muskegon, and we were paddling for about 22 hours,” said Strickler. “It was 73 miles total that we paddled; 79 miles is the crossing distance. We stopped six miles out because there was pretty trying conditions.”

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Campus Life Night September 4, 2018.  GVL / Amanda Rogers

Students get involved at Campus Life Night

Crowds of students filled the streets as they made their way to Grand Valley State University’s annual Campus Life Night on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Over 400 organizations lined up their tables in Lot H to represent their favorite groups.  Campus Life Night is a student organization fair that provides students with the chance to explore the various clubs and organizations GVSU has to offer. Students also were able to meet campus department staff and learn how they could benefit from GVSU’s countless resources. 

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Courtesy / GVSU Green Team

Go green at GV’s Zero Waste Football Games

Beginning at 7 p.m. at Lubbers Stadium during the first home football game of the year, GVSU’s Office of Sustainability will be hosting the fifth annual Zero Waste Football Games. This program aims to decrease the amount of waste that enters landfills during football games by educating fans on the correct bin to dispose of their garbage. Volunteers will be near waste stations throughout the stadium to assist visitors in placing their refuse in either the recycle, compost or landfill bins. 

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The American Legion is currently collecting gently worn shoes to help create small businesses in developing nations.  GVL / Amy McNeel

American Legion Post 459 to host Save Our Shoes Fundraiser

This month, Post 459 is partnering with Funds2Orgs to bring the Save our Shoes fundraiser, an event that helps both the Post and those in need. The Post is collecting gently worn pairs of shoes, sending them to the needy, and then getting reimbursed for what they collect. Contributions to the fundraiser are therefore helping both veterans and those in need. 

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