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Stomp out Stigma walk

'Stomp Out Stigma' 5K walk advocates mental health awareness

To aid in raising mental health awareness and advocacy, the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan will be hosting its 2017 "Stomp Out Stigma" 5K walk Saturday, May 20, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Grand Valley State University's L. William Seidman Center, located in downtown Grand Rapids across from GVSU's Pew Campus.

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GVL / Courtesy - GVSU League of Legends Club

GVSU League of Legends team wins third place in national competition

When Grand Valley State University’s League of Legends team walked into Colombia College’s “Midwest Campus Clash” event and gaming expo, they had a new kind of sport stadium experience. The event, held Saturday, April 8, hosted multiple university teams that battled for cash prizes and the title of Campus Clash Champion. For Keegan Biegalksi, the competitive team manager, it felt almost like a professional sporting event with as much as $15,000 at stake.

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GVL/Ty Konell - Students gather for Feminist Flick Friday which took place in the Women's Center Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. The Feminist Film Friday series continues with a showing of “It Happened Here” on Friday, April 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m

Feminist Film Friday to focus on sexual assualt awareness

For the upcoming Feminist Film Friday hosted by the Grand Valley State University Women’s Center, faculty members will use time allotted Friday, April 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., to support those who have been victimized by sexual assault. Though these films occur monthly, this special showing of “It Happened Here” acts as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and commemorates those who have been impacted by sexual assault and domestic violence.

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GVL/Hannah Zajac - Students work inside the Mary Idema Pew Library on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

University Counseling Center to host sleep and stress screenings

With final deadlines and graduation swiftly approaching, students are intaking large amounts of caffeine and pulling all-nighters on weekdays to complete papers and study for exams the next morning. However, this stress and lack of sleep can come at a great cost. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 30 percent of college students have reported that stress negatively impacts their academic performance. Additionally, 85 percent have felt overwhelmed by their workload at some point over the past year.

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Performer Christopher Royer

Drag club to host 'Destress Dragapalooza'

With finals approaching, a night of community and quality entertainment is a welcome idea. With this in mind, the Grand Valley State University drag club is taking initiative Wednesday, April 26, to host an amateur drag show. The show, called "De-stress Dragapalooza," will take place in the Cook-DeWitt Center at 8 p.m. and will feature GVSU students who are in the drag club as performers. The club hopes hosting an event like the drag show will raise student spirits during exam week.

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