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GVL / Luke Holmes - Student Matt Kaliszak works out in the Trio South gym on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 in Allendale.

Recreation center reports a 30,000 visitor increase this semester

From August to October this year, the Grand Valley State University recreation center is reporting over 30,000 more visits to the center compared to the previous year. These visits come after the recreation center finished its first phase of construction at the end of August, which added more equipment and space for weight training, weight machines and free weights. About 50,000 square feet was added to the recreation center, which doubles its former size.

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GVL/Mackenzie Bush - PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: Senior Nahshon Cook-Nelson studies at his residence on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016.

Exam cram week offers students stress relief

As students return full of turkey, stuffing and pie, they come back to an odd three weeks at Grand Valley State University. These three weeks are filled with papers, projects and tests of every kind. Powerpoint presentations and 10-page essays students had all semester to work on now loom in the distances as people scramble to get them done.

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News Briefs Dec. 1

Blackboard updates To install security updates, Grand Valley State University's Blackboard site will undergo maintenance. The updates and maintenance work is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.

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Rape Agression Defense training helps women fight back

Though safety and security of students is a priority to Grand Valley State University, violence is sometimes unavoidable. As seen at the beginning of the fall 2016 semester, assaults often happen close to or on campus. For that reason, GVSU furthered the "It’s On Us" campaign to include Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training in an event Monday, Nov. 28 in the Kirkhof Center Pere Marquette Room.

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GVL/Sara Carte - Eric Paul Leue presents “How to Survive End A Plague” for World AIDS day in the Kirkhof building on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015.

GVSU observes World AIDS Day

For decades, HIV and AIDS have been loaded acronyms burdened with wild speculation. Though education has enveloped the topics of HIV and AIDS within universities and even K-12 schools, there’s still work to be done.

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GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Traffic flows on the Avenue Raymond Poincaré adjacent to the village of Èze in the south of France on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

GVSU's study abroad office to send students to 30 countries for winter semester

The world is a vast place to see and West Michigan is only a small corner of the world. Hundreds of students take advantage of Grand Valley State University’s study abroad program to see the rest of it. Studying abroad gives students the opportunity to live among other people and learn their culture. 853 students at GVSU participated in study abroad programs last year. They went to 60 different countries including Germany, Spain, Ghana and France.

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News Briefs 11/28

'Before the Flood' showing The Grand Valley State University Office of Sustainability will show “Before the Flood” Monday, Nov. 28 at noon. The showing will take place in Kirkhof Center Room 2259. “Before the Flood” is a National Geographic movie produced by Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens.

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