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Students getting food at Kleiner Commons. GVL / Andrew Nyhof

Board of Trustees approves housing, meal plan price increases for 2019-20 school year

Friday, Feb. 8, Grand Valley State University’s Board of Trustees approved price increases for on-campus housing and meal plans for the 2019-2020 academic year. The unanimous vote increased housing costs by $17 per semester and main meal plan costs by $50 per semester. The total increase was 2.2 percent, a $1.2 million increase overall.  The decision by the board was reached following reviews of GVSU’s tuition costs, as well as the costs of facility operations and student employment. Each year, the board addresses the housing and dining rates in February and tuition rates in July. The July date gives the administration time to factor in enrollment numbers for the fall in calculating tuition rates it proposes to trustees.

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Honors College establishes diversity task force, seeks to improve inclusion

In the Fall 2017 semester, 81.9 percent of undergraduate students at Grand Valley State University were white, and minority students make up an even lesser percentage of GVSU’s Frederik Meijer Honors College. Director of the Honors College Roger Giles recently spoke at a student senate meeting about some changes in curriculum, refocusing on issue-based courses and improving diversity. Senate members had plenty of questions and advice for Giles, many focusing on collaboration with campus diversity resource groups.

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GV tackles waste issues with RecyleMania

Spanning from Feb. 4 through March 30, Grand Valley State University will compete in RecycleMania for another year. RecycleMania is a nationwide competition challenging all colleges and universities to bring awareness to recycling.  “Recycling (should be a) part of your life, it’s not just a one-time thing,” said Janet Aubil, waste management leader of the campus sustainability advisory council. 

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Laker Guardian hosts app logo design contest

In an effort to increase the utilization of Grand Valley State University’s “Laker Guardian” app, Grand Valley Police Department is running a logo design contest open to all current GVSU students.  “This contest will allow our students to showcase their talents — not only for those going into visual arts and media, but those students who design or draw as a hobby,” said GVPD Sgt. William O’Donnell. 

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Staff prepares food at Kleiner Commons. GVL / Andrew Nyhof

Student senate resolution puts meal plan reform in spotlight

For many students living on campus, meal plans represent their access to breakfast, lunch and dinner. While there are a variety of meal plans, members of Grand Valley State University’s student senate view the costs of these plans as a barrier for some students and seek to address the issue, entertaining the idea of an income-based meal plan for future semesters.  Student senator Darwin Harris, a proponent of the income-based meal plan, states that the idea stemmed from past encounters with Replenish, the campus food pantry that services students suffering from food insecurity. He cited a lack of resources and funding as a limiting factor for the food pantry, as it relies on donations and other charitable events in order to remain operational. 

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Drew McWilliams tests water from Lake Michigan for E-Coli inside of the Robert B. Annis Water Resource Institute (AWRI) in Muskegon on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. GVL/Archive

GV's Annis Water Research Institute formally partners with MSU

Research into water-related issues and threats continue to be a primary concern for Michiganders, whose identity is rooted in the Great Lakes; this is what makes Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) so essential to ongoing discussions about water. Recently, AWRI has partnered with Michigan State University’s Institute of Water Research (IWR) to collaborate on future water research projects. 

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Greek Life denounces fake 'frat' party, associated negative stereotypes

A party invitation scheduled for Saturday Feb. 9 held by fraternity Delta Psi Beta was distributed via Facebook last weekend to many students of the Grand Valley community. The only catch? Delta Psi Beta is not a real fraternity, and the rules outlined for the event were anything but tasteful. As Grand Valley State University continues to hold sanctions on Greek Life, including a ban on events with alcohol and suspension of chapter expansions, the Interfraternity Council (IFC) has been working to mend relations with the university and denounce the stereotypes surrounding Greek Life. 

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