Courtesy / Zack Sheppard

Reported off-campus rape confirmed false by investigators

On Saturday Nov. 3, a rape was reported to local police shortly after midnight. The Grand Valley student reportedly told officers they had been raped after being given a drink with unknown substances in the Alpine Apartment complex located near the Allendale campus. Ottawa County investigators determined on Tuesday that the rape in question did not occur and nobody had been drugged at the party. 

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College of Education to undergo revisions in coming years

Grand Valley’s College of Education undergraduate education programs will be seeing some changes in the next few years. These changes come directly from the state of Michigan who have requested that all teacher education programs be revised no later than 2021. Most of these revisions will be reflected in coursework that is specialized to the grade bands students are studying to teach. 

GVL / Dan Pacheco

GVSU hosts 22nd annual multicultural seminar

On Friday, Nov. 2, Grand Valley State University hosted their 22nd Annual Multicultural Seminar in the Kirkhof Center. Each year, the seminar focuses on a different social justice and or diversity issue.  This year, the one-day conference titled “Healing the Trauma of Exploitation,” explored the narratives and neurological development of human trafficking victims in the United States. The event was put on to help create cultures where recovery from trafficking can take place, as well as to provide students and audience members with resources, interventions and warning signs for human trafficking victims in health settings. 


Former GVSU provost honored with two new awards

In October, Grand Valley State University announced that there will be two new awards given out to students and faculty alike in honor of former provost Gayle R. Davis.  Davis is also the former executive vice president for academic and student affairs, and though she retired from her career at GVSU in 2017, her legacy carries on. 

GRCC. Courtesy / MLive

Rising Grand Rapids Community College enrollment translates to GV growth

These increases in enrollment have implications for Grand Valley State University, as many GRCC students eventually transfer to GVSU by satisfying the requirements of the Michigan Transfer Agreement. The agreement allows core courses across many Michigan institutions to be transferable to other universities within the state, making it more convenient for students to pursue a degree by enrolling in community college classes, then transferring to a four-year institution. 

GVL / Nick Moran

Students organize vigil for Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims

Students, faculty, staff and community members gathered in the hundreds around the Cook Carillon Tower on Monday, Oct. 29 with candles in hand to honor the 11 lives lost during the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh the weekend prior. The candlelight vigil and concurrent speeches were organized by students from Hillel and Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish campus organization and Jewish fraternity respectively. 

GVL / Sheila Babbitt

GV imposes sanctions on Greek Life, cite issues within the community

Members of Grand Valley State University’s fraternities and sororities were gathered on Wednesday, Oct. 31 by Associate Dean for Student Life Bob Stoll and GVSU’s Greek Life Board to participate in a Greek Life Town Hall where administrators announced sanctions imposed on all GVSU Greek chapters. The sanctions come off the heels of Sigma Pi Epsilon’s five-year ban from GVSU last fall, and the recent two-year ban of Kappa Sigma.  During the town hall, Stoll cited four sanctions in a note from the desk of Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Loren Rullman. They include a ban of alcohol at Greek functions, an embargo of further Greek Life expansion, putting a relationship agreement between GVSU and Greek organizations on hold and the creation of a task force to investigate issues and expectations regarding Greek Life. The sanctions are currently in effect and will be until further notice.