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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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Marcus Jiles (left) and Leah Taylor (right) hosts Grand Valley State University’s celebration of the Asian New Year Festival 2016, sponsored by the Asian Student Union and the Office of Multicultural Affaris, in the Kirkhof Center on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016.

New Year festival to celebrate Asian culture

Continuing on with its tradition of hosting traditional celebrations and cultural awareness events on campus, Grand Valley State University’s Asian Student Union will be presenting the Asian New Year Festival. This will be in celebration of the year of the rooster on the Chinese zodiac.

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ATO continues to ‘walk hard’ for MS research

The term “university fundraiser” often brings up images of social gatherings or crowded rallies. For Grand Valley State University’s Alpha Tau Omega fraternity however, fundraising is no clean-cut effort. The group is gearing up for their annual “ATO Walks Hard” event, which donates proceeds to the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

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Students spend time in the LGBT Resource Center on Tuesday, January 18, 2017.

GVSU 'Out List' promotes solidarity to LGBT youth

Whether it is finding community among peers or cultivating a mentorship, connections based on common ground and lived experiences play a significant role in gaining comfort in one’s personal identity. For this reason, Grand Valley State University has created an “Out List,” a collection of faculty and staff who openly identify as part of the LGBT community.

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GVL/Mackenzie Bush - Ty Turner performs with his band, The Icarus Account, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 in The Grand River Room.

'The Icarus Account' performs coffee shop concert at GV

Exchanging witty remarks, rapping a reworked version of Nicki Minaj's “Super Bass” and covering artists like Ed Sheeran were only a few moments musicians Trey and Ty Turner shared with Grand Valley State University students. After waiting nearly 45 minutes in the Kirkhof Center’s Grand River Room, eager fans indulged in a relaxing, coffee shop-style concert Tuesday, Jan. 17, featuring the twin brothers who form the Icarus Account, an acoustic pop band.

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Get Better Everyday Club

New student club encourages students to self-improve daily

Grand Valley State University’s new club Get Better Every Day can be seen as an embodiment of modest resolutions for the new year. These improvements are not life-changing alterations seeking instant gratification. Rather, club members adopt small efforts carried on throughout each day, challenging the traditional one or two large goals per year model.

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