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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. 

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GVS{You} Week, Founders Day join hands in celebrating GV growth

In a collaboration between Grand Valley State University’s Student Alumni Association, Office of Student Life and Laker for a Lifetime, GVS{You} Week and Founders Day shared a week of celebration together for the first time. In creating the collaboration, Associate Director of Student Life LeaAnn Tibbe said that the change provided all involved to combine the events and create a week full of thankfulness. 

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The basics for the 2018 midterm election in Michigan

You’ve been seeing the ads on your television and the reminders on your social media for months: it’s midterm season. Which means it is not only time to head to the polls, but also time to learn more about the candidates and policies you will be voting on.  There are many spots in Michigan’s government that are up for grabs this election season including a senator position, Secretary of State and Governor of Michigan. It is important to research candidates and policies before heading to the polls to be sure the candidate selected is the one that best represents your values. Midterm elections do not require voters to vote straight party, so the option to choose several Republican and Democratic candidates is possible.

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Hospitality Tourism Management Prep Academy set to open fall 2019

It’s your freshman year of high school. You’re in third period and right before the bell rings your teacher asks you, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” While most students may say something along the lines of a doctor, veterinarian or teacher, for many, the words “hospitality tourism management” don’t come to mind.  This is why Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Public Schools partnered to create a prep academy that’s dedicated to hospitality preparation. Ranging from grades 9-12, the new high school will give students the opportunity to learn about Hospitality Tourism Management (HTM) before they go to college. 

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Red Tide Tampon Drive strives to support feminine hygiene

A recent study conducted by the International Women’s Health Coalition and Clue determined that globally, 5,000 euphemisms for menstruation exist. In America, these euphemisms range from "Aunt Flo" to "Shark Week" to simply “that time of the month.”  For Grand Valley State University’s Co-chair of the Women’s Commission and Assistant to the Graduate School Jennifer Palm, having so many different names for a natural process experienced by roughly half of the population is cause for alarm.

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GV expands health campus with new building on Medical Mile

Grand Valley State University is continuing to grow its presence in Grand Rapids as it held a groundbreaking ceremony for its newest building on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health will compliment GVSU’s existing Cook-DeVos Health Science Building as well as the recently constructed Finkelstein Hall. The five-story, 160,000 square foot building will serve as an additional anchor to the Medical Mile corridor, illustrating the growing demand for health professionals in the greater Grand Rapids area. 

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New LIB 100 program encourages students helping students

Many first year college students find themselves struggling with lack of retention strategies. From not being able to recall information taught in lecture, to not being able to relate what was taught in lecture to out of class events, freshmen often find themselves in need of some extra help. This is why Grand Valley State University programs such as the new LIB 100 peer mentor program are created.  

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