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Stuff the Bus 4-12-19

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. 

Courtesy / Riley Pearl

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. 

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.

Courtesy: Emily Lynn Seymour

GV student interviews well known radio personality for WGVU podcast

Grand Valley State University student Jane Johnston was given the chance to interview investigative journalist Renee Montagne on Feb. 15 for her podcast “Be the Change.”  Johnston was looking for ways to engage with the campus community to talk about the work they are doing on and off campus and how they are engaging in democratic engagement. She decided that the best way to do this was to create her “Be the Change” podcast for GVSU’s Community Service Learning Center.

Courtesy: Campus Ministry @ GVSU

Campus Ministry hosts spring break mission trips

After a long few months of classes, spring break provides most students with a period of much needed relaxation. However, for members of the Grand Valley State University Campus Ministry, spring break is about far more than relaxation.  This spring break, GVSU Campus Ministry sent 310 students on mission trips to 14 different locations. These locations included multiple cities in Texas, as well as Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, California, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Guatemala and the U.S. Virgin Islands. During these trips, students deepened their faith and their relationships with those around them. 

Courtesy: Margaux Sellnau

Fight against climate change takes root in Grand Rapids

The Sunrise Movement aims to unite young people across America in the common goal of preserving the earth for their future by fighting climate change. To achieve this, the main objectives of the movement are to end the corruptive influence of fossil fuel money on politics, elect leaders whose platform aligns with the health and well-being of all people and to make the sustainability of our planet an urgent priority. Upon hearing of the impact the Sunrise Movement has made and is continuing to make on our country, GVSU student and hub co-founder Margaux Sellnau felt compelled to make the same difference in her hometown. The passion to fight climate change began to manifest in Sellnau, a junior studying Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Human Rights, after attending the Climate Change Conference at the Seidman College of Business. She left that conference with a desire to take action, but the opportunity arose one day when she stumbled upon an inspirational video from Sunrise Movement’s top leader Jeremy Ornstein.