March 1 student senate general assembly, GVSU pew campus. GVL / McKenna Peariso

Student senate holds first ever downtown GA

Each Thursday, Grand Valley State University's student senators convene in Allendale campus' Kirkhof Center for their general assembly meeting. For the final GA before spring break, however, senators decided to change things up. For the first time ever on Thursday, March 1, Student Senate held its weekly GA meeting in the university club room on GVSU's Pew campus. The push for the Grand Rapids meeting location came from several downtown-based senators, including Senater Olivia Kolc who helped organize the downtown assembly. The final GA before spring break was compiled with a visitor from the Grand Rapids city manager's office, some discussions on campus affairs and approval of the body's common technical framework.

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Allison Egrin, gvsu student and Jewish voice.  GVSU student Emma Green and Shelby Bruseloff. GVL / Benjamin Hunt

GV Hillel president represents Jewish faith at Abrahamic Dinner

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, the Grand Valley Kaufman Interfaith Institute sponsored the annual Abrahamic Dinner in Grand Rapids. The dinner featured guest student speakers from Hope College, Calvin College Grand Valley State University.  This year’s dinner title was “Listening To New Voices: The Next Generation Speaks,” and was centered around strengthening friendship and understanding among Abrahamic traditions, such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Baha’i. 

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Students work inside the Mary Idema Pew Library on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. GVL / Hannah Zajac 

Subscription inflation, enrollment dips cause library budget cuts

Grand Valley State University’s libraries is in the preliminary process of cutting over $800,000 for its collections budget to combat the rising prices of subscription-based services and an absence of bonus funds from the Provost’s office. In a January 2019 memo from University Libraries, the process will include the collection of feedback from students and faculty to ultimately make cancellations to journals and databases by January 2020.  Associate Dean of Curation, Publishing and Preservation Services Jeffery Daniels said that out of the library’s approximate budget of $12 million, there is little wiggle room in finding ways to cut costs. Nearly $6 million of those funds supports faculty and staff and approximately $5.2 million is set aside for collections, with the remaining funds being used for library upkeep and support, such as furniture and technology maintenance. 

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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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Delegation negotiates for funding increases from Lansing

Student Senate President Rachel Jenkin stands among state legislators, the first student to testify in front of them in 13 years. The Michigan House of Representatives’ University and College Appropriations Subcommittee sits there expecting another speech about the successes of their funded state universities. Instead, she catches them off guard. “One in three of our students goes hungry by having to choose rent, textbooks or tuition over food.” “40 percent of our students have reported finances being traumatic or very difficult to handle.”

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Blackbear to perform at GVSU for Spring Conert

Matthew Musto, better known by his stage name “blackbear”, has been booked to perform at Grand Valley State University’s spring concert on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Fieldhouse Arena.  The R&B artist/rapper received the most votes in a survey sent out in fall 2018 by the Campus Activities Board regarding who students would like to see this April. Kalie Tomlinson, who was in charge of planning the show, cited this as making him the clear top-choice for both the community and the board.

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GV, Oakland withstand enrollment drops over past years

With the number of in-state high school graduates decreasing, many Michigan public universities are struggling to attract prospective students. In contrast with these schools are Oakland University and Grand Valley State University, universities that both experienced an increase in enrollment over the past decade.  Michigan’s high school graduation has decreased to a projected 99,000 students for the 2019-2020 academic year, down from a high of 123,576 students in the 2007-2008 academic year. These dwindling class sizes prompt serious concerns from universities across the state, as the overall student body from which to pull from is becoming increasingly smaller every year. 

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GVL / Benjamin Hunt Avoiding sexual assault. 12/1/18. GVSU Allendale Campus.

GVSU to spend $3 million on updated surveillance system

Security is a priority for public and private academic institutes everywhere and Grand Valley State University is no exception. Grand Valley Police Department intends to increase safety measures across the Allendale, Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland campuses by adding hundreds of exterior surveillance cameras while also improving the software and infrastructure through which these devices operate. The nearly $3 million project could take up to two years to complete.

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Women, Gender, and sexuality studies anniversary celebration. March 21st, 2019. GVSU PEW Campus, Loosemore Auditorium. Alumni Panel. Julia Mason, Kristen J. Cuhran fuller, Jazz Mckinney, Erika Vandyke, Dani Vilella. GVL / Benjamin Hunt

Celebrating 45 years of Women's Studies at GV

The WGS anniversary celebration was held on March 21 on GVSU’s downtown campus with several other workshops occurring during the week with keynote speaker Dr. Mel Michelle Lewis. The event centered around the effect the WGS program has had on its students, community and the progression of marginalized voices. Beginning with an alumni panel, the celebration was able to note how WGS studies can make all the difference both before and after college.

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