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Local police note problem of paintball wars in Grand Rapids

Paintball issues arise across downtown Grand Rapids

Law enforcement is concerned about a recent city-wide development involving individuals targeting houses, cars and people using paintball guns. These “paintball wars” are on the rise across many cities and pose a troubling issue for community members who wish to keep their neighborhood streets safe. 

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GVSU students create signs before participating in a "Slut Walk" on campus on Saturday April 7th, 2018.

Student organizations work to raise sexual assault awareness

Sexual assault is a serious and prevalent issue on college campuses across the U.S. Children grow up learning strategies that are meant to protect them from that very threat, such as avoiding walking alone in the dark, never leaving drinks unattended and carrying around a bottle of pepper spray, among other things.  In 2009, former President Barack Obama declared the month of April Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and at Grand Valley State University, many student organizations are stepping up to the plate, educating fellow students and spreading awareness. 

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Student leaders from Forest Hills Northern High School direct the March For Our Lives protest in Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday March 24, 2018.

1 in 5 Americans has participated in protests since 2016, study finds

Since 2016, numerous protests and marches have taken place across the country, many of them dealing with issues viewed as being related to President Donald Trump. But just how many Americans are actually protesting, and what do these modern movements look like compared with the protests of 50 years ago? Recently, The Washington Post put out an article detailing a study on this topic.  

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Campus for Consent holding panel on rape culture

As Grand Valley State University officials have made ending sexual assault on campus a priority, one student organization is holding an event on the subject. On Thursday, April 5, GVSU’s Campus for Consent will team up with Kandace Williams, a graduate assistant in the Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity, for a round-table discussion that will tackle the topic of rape culture.  

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Student leaders from Forest Hills Northern High School direct the March For Our Lives protest in Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday March 24, 2018.

'March for Our Lives' an example of increasing youth activism, GVSU administrators say

Local members of the West Michigan community, including current students, came together at the "March for Our Lives" to call on representatives in Congress to address what they see as ineffective gun-control legislation.  Mark Richards, chair of the political science department at Grand Valley State University, sees the student activism displayed in the "March for Our Lives" as an opportunity to get students more involved in politics and more civically engaged. 

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