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The class of 2019 partaking in speaker Stephen Gray's "Hurricane" of hugs on Wednesday evening. The students participated in different events that opened them up to all that college and Grand Valley has to offer them.

Tips for having a successful freshman year

Freshman year of college can induce a range of emotions in students. It’s possible to feel excitement, sadness and nervousness all at the same time, as there are a lot of activities to do and people to meet. Here are some suggestions that might make it a little easier.

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GVSU Rifle Club

Rifle club president, GVPD support campus gun ban

Last month, a Michigan state court of appeals ruled in favor of the University of Michigan’s campus ban on guns after an Ann Arbor resident sued, saying it was in violation of the Second Amendment. In the state, Grand Valley State University is another college that also has a gun ban in place. The rule is a part of GVSU’s Student Code, which states that “A student shall not possess any firearm or weapon anywhere upon property governed by the University, except University Police Officers and other legally established law enforcement officers acting in the course of and scope of employment.”

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Michigan receives grant to combat opioid usage

The use of opioid drugs is rising nationally, and the state of Michigan is reserving money specifically to combat the addiction. The state received a $16.37 million grant that was awarded to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and will finance prevention and treatment initiatives across the state. This includes the development of a statewide awareness campaign, research, prevention services and more.

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GVL/Mackenzie Bush- Katrina Rast speaks about the truths, lies, and consequences of Marijuana Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Learning about marijuana

The Alcohol & Other Drugs Campus Education Services (ACES) organization and the Grand Valley State University Police Department teamed up to present the program “Marijuana: Truth, Lies and Consequences” Tuesday, April 11, in the Kirkhof Center.

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Edutaining sexual assault

'Edutaining' about sexual assault

One in five women will experience a form of sexual assault before they graduate from college, according to a study released in 2011. When “edutainer” Robert Hackenson Jr. learned this statistic, he was at a loss for words.

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Local kids get the chance to talk with Officer Minh Lien on Saturday Feb. 18, 2017.

Changing misconceptions

When people hear the term “law enforcement,” the idea of a police officer on duty ready to protect people typically comes to mind. But for many at-risk Grand Rapids youth, this isn’t always the case. “Those Who Protect Us” is an event held annually to try to change misconceptions these youths may have about public safety officials. This year, it was held Saturday, Feb. 18, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Grand Valley State University’s L. William Seidman Center, Room 1008. Roughly 100 people gathered throughout the day to participate in several activities.

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