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Student scholars day on Wednesday April 12, 2017.

Students share research at annual Student Scholars Day

On Wednesday, April 10, Grand Valley State University held their 23rd annual Student Scholars Day. Student Scholars Day is an important day for student researchers to display and discuss their research from this year.  There were many presentations, including poster presentations, panel presentations, fine arts exhibits and oral presentations. More than 600 students participated in the event.  After spending almost a year on research, Jorgen Reberg was ready to present his research on the history of propaganda. He even came up with a name for his own theory: stratified prioritization. He described the theory as the threshold that people cross when they reach a level of authority that changes their priority from ideology to economy.

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Student commencement speakers share final thoughts before speeches

With summer approaching and the winter semester drawing to a close, as some students are preparing for finals, others are preparing to reflect and deliver a speech to thousands. This commencement, graduating students Theresa Salas, Amy Harris and Natalie Loewengruber will serve as the first full wave of student speakers following student senate president Rachel Jenkin’s initial speech last fall.  An email was sent to all graduating students inviting them to apply to speak at the ceremony. Loewengruber, who will be graduating with degrees in psychology and biology, said she was hesitant at first, but between a bit of a nudge from a friend and feelings of nostalgia, she applied to speak and was selected.


Students reflect on international climate change strikes

Last year, Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg began capturing the attention of the world when she elected to skip school every Friday in order to sit outside the Swedish Parliament building until her nation’s government did more to acknowledge climate change and become in accordance with the Paris Agreement.  A few short months later, the sixteen-year-old schoolgirl has become the head of an international movement to stop climate change and protect the earth. On March 15, schoolchildren in over 100 countries went on strike from school to demand change, according to Time.

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AEPi brothers host a silent walk in remembrance of those who died in the holocaust.

AEPi brothers remember Holocaust, host silent walk

On Wednesday night, the brothers of Alpha Epsilon Phi (AEPi) and various students gathered in Lake Michigan Hall to commemorate the lives lost in the Holocaust. The silent walk from Lake Michigan Hall to the clock tower was meant to honor the 110 mile death march hiked by Jews, blacks, gays, gypsies, disabled persons, prisoners of war and more.   AEPi’s march was walked in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day on May 2. Their motto focuses on developing leadership for the Jewish community and strives to give members a home away from home through their union in Jewish values and commitment of brotherhood. 

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Connection naming ceremony honors Lynn Blue

Vice President for Enrollment Development Lynn “Chick” Blue received praise during her building naming ceremony on April 9 for working 50 years at Grand Valley State University. Held at the newly-named Blue Connection, the celebration focused on her longtime service to students. “We’re a college,” Blue said. “We want students to come here to grow, so they are number one.” Reflecting on her career, Blue explained she came to the university by accident, thinking she would have a temporary job. However, working with students inspired her to stay long-term. Blue said the students make GVSU because they graduate and perform brilliant achievements. Subsequently, alumni tell the university about their accomplishments.

GVL/Kevin Sielaff - A Grand Valley student writes on Nathan Williamson's free speech board on Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017 outside of Zumberge Hall on Grand Valley's Allendale campus.

Activists take to GV following free speech executive order

After President Trump’s recent executive order for universities to uphold all forms of free speech on campus or risk losing federal funding, a group of anti-abortion activists from Grand Rapid’s Inner City Church Planting Mission showed up on Grand Valley State University’s campus April 8 to see how officials would respond.   The group was directed by David Schutte who had previously demonstrated on the university’s campus. Schutte and his fellow demonstrators initially set up near the Carillon Tower (a designated free speech zone of GVSU), then later left the zone to see if campus police would respond. Police did not interfere.  

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Jones named as Truman Scholar Award finalist

The Truman Scholar Award is a nationally distinguished award for members of the undergraduate community who portray exemplary dedication, leadership and involvement in areas of public service. Cameron Jones, a third-year student double majoring in political science and international relations, was announced as one of 199 finalists for this award in late February of this year. The recipients of this scholarship will be announced April 17.   “As someone who is interested in a future of public service, there is no better way to get into it than through Truman,” Jones said. 

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Geology Department hosts mastodon, mammoth fossils

After extensive preparation, Grand Valley State University’s Geology Department is now showcasing its highly anticipated new fossil display in the Padnos Hall of Science on the Allendale campus. This display consists of different mastodon and mammoth fossils that have been loaned to GVSU for a year, with the option to renew the loan if desired.  The fossils are prominently displayed in the building, and can even taken out of the display case — with the intent of bringing them into classrooms to enhance the education of students.

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Michigan measles outbreaks spark precautions

In recent months, the count of children in Michigan infected with the measles virus has been rising, with the total reaching being 39 infected. The newly confirmed cases were found in Oakland county and one case in Wayne county. While there haven’t been any confirmed cases in west Michigan or at Grand Valley State University, staff are urging students to take precautions against the virus.  Measles is a highly contagious disease, spread when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes in proximity of others. The virus can live for up to two hours in the air or on surfaces where an infected person was present.