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Spotlight Productions to host a craft night

Spotlight Productions to host a craft night

For students who like websites such as Pinterest and enjoy doing DIY arts and crafts, Spotlight Productions’ events and traditions committee will be hosting Grand Valley State University’s first ever Let’s Get Crafty event.

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GVPD offers new safety app

It's late. You're all alone and lost in your mental schedule, trying to piece together the tasks that will greet you after just a few short hours of sleep. It's dark. There are no light posts on the long walk to your apartment just off campus. A chill radiates off your shoulders, but only partially from the cold. You think you are alone, but you wish you didn't have to make the trek all by yourself when the unease turns yards into miles.

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BOTV kicks off with helping hands

BOTV kicks off with helping hands

Since its creation in 2003, Battle of the Valleys has been about organizations at Grand Valley State University working together to raise money for charity and beat the efforts of Saginaw Valley State University.

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Not enough beds

Not enough beds

Grand Valley State University has a total of 6,000 beds on campus for incoming freshmen and returning upper-class students, but many students have seen shortages since the selection process for fall 2015 opened on Oct. 20.

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Voter's guide to the state election

State Senate for the 30th District:

Sarah Howard (D):

  • Lawyer from 2002 to 2014, former experience with political offices
  • BA from Western Michigan University, law degree from the University of Michigan
  • Supports state funds for Detroit
  • Supports the construction of the Detroit River International Crossing
  • Does not support the "Right to Work" law, which allows workers to choose not to be represented by a union
  • Wants to equalize the income tax burden
  • Wants to amend the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation
  • Does not support the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act

Arlan Meekhof (R):

  • Current state senator, former state representative
  • Bachelor's from Davenport University
  • Supports state funds for Detroit
  • Does not support the construction of the Detroit River International Crossing
  • Sponsored the "Right to Work" bill
  • Has worked to repeal the Michigan Business Tax and the Personal Property Tax
  • Does not want to amend the Elliot-Larsen Act
  • Supports the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act

State House of Representatives for the 88th District:

Janice Gwasdacus (D):

  • Billing service manager at AT&T
  • BBA from Davenport University
  • Thinks Michigan should focus on alternative energy sources
  • Supports the Affordable Care Act
  • Believes in campaign finance reform
  • Wants to allow student borrowers to enter bankruptcy

Roger Victory (R):

  • Current state representative
  • Bachelor's degree from Davenport University
  • Wants to repair the Michigan roads with state funds
  • Voted against the minimum wage increase
  • Wants to strengthen the Michigan agriculture sector
  • Does not support legalized abortion or gay marriage

State Senate for the 28th District:

Deb Havens (D):

  • Producer/ writer and retired educator
  • BA from Western Michigan University, MA from University of Florida, doctorate from Eastern Michigan University
  • Supports the allocation of state funds to help Detroit emerge from municipal bankruptcy
  • Advocates for the construction of the Detroit River International Crossing
  • Does not support making Michigan a "Right to Work" state
  • Supports amending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation
  • Supports same sex marriage and the decriminalization of recreational marijuana

Peter MacGregor (R):

  • Current representative for the 73rd District
  • BA from Michigan State University
  • Does not support the increase in minimum wage
  • Does not support legalized abortion or gay marriage
  • Helped pass "Right to Work" legislation
  • Helped eliminate lifetime welfare benefits and implemented a 48 month lifetime cap on cash assistance for able-bodied individuals 

Ted Gerrard (UST):

  • Business owner
  • BS from Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Does not support the increase in minimum wage
  • Believes Michigan should divest itself from the Department of Education
  • Advocate of the right to bear arms
  • Does not support legalized abortion or gay marriage
  • Believes in limited government involvement

State House of Representatives for the 75th District:

Brandon Dillon (D):

  • Current representative for the 75th District, former Kent County commissioner
  • Bachelor's degree from Grand Rapids Community College
  • Opposes "Right to Work" legislation
  • Supports amending the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation
  • Advocates for small class sizes and education funding
  • In favor of legalized gay marriage

John Lohrstorfer (R):

  • Chief technology officer at Loxodonta Development
  • Degree from Aquinas College
  • Supports a tax credit for employers who pay for public transit for employees
  • Did not provide more information on his positions on key issues

State Senate for the 29th District:

Lance Penny (D):

  • Professional driver
  • BA from Beloit College
  •  Does not support the state’s current use of emergency managers
  • Supports raising fees on heavy trucks to raise funds for roads and dedicating the current sales tax on gasoline to roads
  • Supports legally recognized gay marriage
  • Supports legalized abortion 

Dave Hildenbrand (R):

  • Current State Senator
  • BS from Michigan State University
  • Supports the state’s current use of emergency managers
  • Does not support legally recognized gay marriage
  • Does not support legalized abortion

State House of Representatives for the 76th District:

Winnie Brinks (D):

  • Current state representative for the 75th District
  • BA from Calvin College
  • Supports multiple tax credits
  • Would like to slow the rapid rise in college tuition
  • Supports an increase in minimum wage
  • Committed to restoring funding to Michigan schools
  • Supports legalized abortion and gay marriage

Donijo DeJonge (R):

  • Professor of public finance at Grand Valley State University
  • BS from Central Michigan University, MA and PhD from Rutgers University
  • Would like to reallocate part of the gas tax revenue to repair the state's roads
  • Does not support any further increase in minimum wage
  • Would like to see an increase in a trained labor force in Michigan
  • Does not support legalized abortion, but leaves marriage up to religious institutions

William Mohr (UST):

  • Former precinct delegate for the Republican party, currently self-employed
  • No higher education information provided
  • Advocates for Second Amendment rights
  • Believes the Department of Education should be abolished
  • Does not believe there should be a minimum wage
  • Does not support legalized abortion or gay marriage
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Abrahamic faiths to break bread together

Abrahamic faiths to break bread together

The Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University and the Niagara Foundation will sponsor the fourth annual Abrahamic Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 30 as a way to foster interfaith understanding. Katie Gordon, the program manager at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute, said Christianity, Judaism and Islam share Abraham as an ancestor.

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