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Top 5 Things to Remember When Returning to School

By COLLEEN SCHONFIELD Published 08/23/14 4:13pm

The right mindset can make all the difference when returning back to school. As with every start to the semester, the transition from vacation to hardcore academics can be a tough one, especially during the first few weeks when times of fun and frivolity seemingly override the needs of organization and order.


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Campus to Cast Votes for 'PIC pics' Photo Contest

Campus to Cast Votes for 'PIC pics' Photo Contest

The author GK Chesteron once said that the traveler sees what he sees, and the tourist sees what the traveler has already seen. While many students on Grand Valley's campus may see what other travelers have already seen in Lake Ontario Hall, they may also be inspired to pave paths of their own.

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Grand Rapids' solar-powered nightlife

One of Grand Rapids' many music venues, The Pyramid Scheme, joined the green initiative by installing rooftop solar panels to power their facility. “We always planned on trying to take a big step on decreasing our carbon foot print,” said Carolyn Schaut, office manager of The Pyramid Scheme and The Meanwhile, a popular watering hole in Grand Rapid’s East Town.

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Student trio shares West Michigan experiences through a distinct sound

Student trio shares West Michigan experiences through a distinct sound

For The Cardboard Swords, creating music that is authentic and expresses their experiences is the only way to go“ The response that we get from people that love our music is the type of recognition I look for; it feels good when your music connects with people,” said Tyler DeCoeur, the vocalist and guitar player of the group.

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Sound the horns

Sound the horns

The sirens will call out this July to signal the start of the 10th annual Grand Valley International Trumpet Seminar. From July 20 – 27 some of the best trumpet players in the world will converge on the Grand Valley campus to take part in a weeklong exercise with high school and college-level musicians learning from the field’s top performers. The event attracts students from around the country and around the world in order to participate in a dialogue that will help them cultivate their talents.

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Lakers look toward Los Angeles

Lakers look toward Los Angeles

While this local jazz quartet has only been together for a little over a year, Brad Fritcher + trois has performed in places such as Detroit, Chicago and Flint.

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Things to do at GVSU in May

Things to do at GVSU in May

Though the vast majority of Grand Valley State University students have headed home for the summer, there is still plenty to do around and on GVSU’s campus this month. Here are just a few ideas of things to do in May to make sure the summer starts off with a little fun.
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Concert shows that GVSU is a little bit country

Concert shows that GVSU is a little bit country

“Are there any country music fans in the house tonight?” An eruption of ear-piercing screams from Grand Valley State University students, community members and B-93.7 listeners answered the question posed by country musician Sam Hunt. Yes, there were country music fans in the GVSU Fieldhouse.
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