The Women's Center can provide resources for women going through domestic violence. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

GVSU encourages students to speak up against sexual violence

Every 98 seconds, someone experiences sexual violence in America. Out of every 1,000 reported cases, only six people will see time in prison, according to Since the Fall 2018 semester began at Grand Valley State University, the Grand Valley Police Department has received reports of sexual violence nearly every week from students living on or near campus. Though some students have reported their situations, only 31 percent of all sexual violence cases are reported. 

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GV to host second panel on interfaith and life after death

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, Grand Valley State University hosted a panel titled, “What Happens When You Die?” sponsored by the Kaufman Interfaith Institute in partnership with Making Choices Michigan, a registered non-profit organization devoted to changing the narrative about healthcare decision-making, including at the end of life. The panel, held for the first time ever at GVSU, took place at the Pew Campus' Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids and discussed what happens when you die, exploring the beliefs and practices of faith traditions that inform end-of-life care. 

A representative showing students information about travelling at the Study Abroad Fair in Kirkhof Center on October 9th, 2018. GVL / Emily Modloff

Annual Study Abroad Fair encourages worldly experience

The Padnos International Center hosted its annual Study Abroad Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 9 in order to provide students with knowledge about the many international educational opportunities available to them. The fair was held in the Grand River Room of the Kirkhof Center and lasted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Study Abroad Outreach Coordinator Alissa Lane said she estimated that over 1,200 students were in attendance, most of which were likely undergraduates. 

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Discussion on sexual violence prevention hosts Sue Snyder

Sexual assault awareness has become a very common and important topic of discussion at Grand Valley State University, especially in the past several years. Much of this conversation is a result of an increase in campus safety alerts that have notified the community of the numerous sexual assaults occurring on and off campus. To continue this discussion, an event was held Oct. 10 with various campus officials and Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder, who gave their input on preventing campus sexual violence.

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Sustainability week celebrates environmental accomplishments

The entire first week of October at Grand Valley State University was dedicated to the many sustainability efforts on and off campus. Hosted by various GV departments including the Office of Sustainability, the week of events included an energy competition, a garden dedication, tree plantings and many more activities. These events, which were held Oct. 1 through 8, gave the GV community the opportunity to look back on its environmental accomplishments.