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History conference puts spotlight on the Midwest

Despite Midwestern America’s importance to the country’s politics and economy, many scholars have found academia’s understanding of its history and culture to be lackluster.  That’s why Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center and the Midwestern History Association have teamed up to host Finding the Lost Region V: The Fifth Annual Midwestern History Conference May 30-31, an event dedicated to sparking — and sustaining — a revival of Midwestern studies in American scholarship. The conference has run for five consecutive years and Hauenstein Center Program Manager Scott St. Louis said it has only grown as time has passed. 


Grand Rapids group holding town hall on Green New Deal

It’s no secret that American politics have come to a boiling point, but that turbulent landscape seems to be bringing new voices and ideas to mainstream political dialogue. For example, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is infamous for her working class background, her distinction as the youngest woman to have ever served in the United States Congress and her radical political platforms, the most oft-discussed of late being the Green New Deal.

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Sigma Pi “Stuffs the Bus”

Each year, the Theta-Rho Chapter of Sigma Pi hosts the “Altruistic Campus Experience” (ACE) Project. The ACE Project, which was officially started in 2003, has become an annual tradition at Grand Valley State University. During this week, Sigma Pi members commit themselves to performing what they call “random acts of kindness.” This year, ACE week took place between Monday, April 8 and Friday, April 12. Sigma Pi members performed random acts of kindness – such as bringing donuts to GVPD and passing out encouraging notes with candy to students in the Mary Idema Pew Library – and then posted a picture with the tag #SigmaPiACEWeek. 

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Riley’s relentless journey

“Cancer is relentless, and so am I, and so is God’s love.” This motto has been guiding Grand Valley State University junior Riley Pearl since her initial diagnosis of Stage 3 Advanced Melanoma Cancer in January. It was also the inspiration to add the word “relentless” to a bracelet in her honor sold to raise money for the American Cancer Society at the 2019 Relay for Life. Since her diagnosis, Pearl has proved that she is indeed nothing short of relentless. 

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President Haas and wife Marcia celebrate 10 years of T. Haas during the President's Ball on Friday Feb. 5, 2016.

It’s time to say “Haasta La Vista”

For 13 years, Thomas Haas has served as the Grand Valley State University president. Over this course of time, Haas has been dedicated to helping students succeed and feel welcome, while making the Laker Community a wonderful place to be. As announced last year, this 2018-2019 school year will be Thomas and Marcia Haas’ last year at GVSU.  The couple has always stayed dedicated to GVSU – they have touched the lives of many by actively being involved in students’ and staff members’ lives. To remember and honor their legacy, the Office of Student Life, Student Senate and Campus Activities Board have put together a special event called Haasta La Vista – one last celebration of all their contributions to the GVSU community.  

Courtesy:  Allyssa Murphy, Teagan Epley and Emily Gagnon

GV students place third for case study concerning sexual harassment

In 2017, the #MeToo Movement took over social media after American actress Alyssa Milano wrote a tweet encouraging victims of sexual harassment to speak up. Since then, the movement has provided survivors with a community and platform to advocate for nationwide change. Three Grand Valley State University students – Allyssa Murphy, Teagan Epley and Emily Gagnon – took this relevant topic and dug deeper to bring to light the severity of sexual harassment in the workplace, specifically within the multinational company Google. 

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Explore cultures at Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival

Living in the United States, we are constantly exposed to Hollywood blockbusters. Although we have spent hours siting on the couch, shoveling down popcorn and binge watching Netflix, many of us haven’t experienced the style, imagery and imagination of films set and created in other areas, such as Latin America. On Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7, multiple award winning films from Latin America will be displayed right here in Grand Rapids for the Latin American Film Festival. This will be the ninth annual Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival (GRLAFF) and will be free and open to the public. 

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Greek Life lets their voices be heard at second annual Greek Speak

On Tuesday, March 26, members of Greek Life filed into the Loutit Lecture Halls for the second annual Grand Valley State University Greek Speak. Greek Speak, which was hosted in partnership with GVSU’s Greek Life Board and the Speech Lab, took place between 8 and 10 p.m.  The event is a speaking competition designed to inform the audience about participating Greek fraternities and sororities backgrounds, philanthropies and brotherhood/sisterhood.

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GV students recognized for excellence in broadcasting

After hours of hard work both in front of and behind the camera, a handful of Grand Valley State University Multimedia Journalism students were recognized at the Great Lakes Media Conference. The conference was hosted by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and took place on March 5 and 6.  For the second year in a row, GVSU’s West Side Stories Television took first place in the Daily Newscast category of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ Student Awards. West Side Stories is a student-run program that focuses on interesting stories about people and places in west Michigan. The program started in 2017, and has since received early and consistent success.