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Marisa Kwiatkowski talks about the role she played in breaking the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal on Monday, March 26, 2018.

'You have given so many women their lives back'

The USA Gymnastics scandal has sent shock waves through the sporting world in recent months. A highly publicized trial culminated in former USAG and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar being sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexual abuse in January. 

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Marisa Kwiatkowski talks about the role she played in breaking the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal on Monday, March 26, 2018.

GVSU alumna Marisa Kwiatkowski returns to campus to discuss USA Gymnastics investigation

“There’s this public perception of stranger danger, … but the vast majority of sexual abuse cases, the person knows their perpetrator; they know the person who’s doing it to them,” said Marisa Kwiatkowski, Grand Valley State University alumna and investigative reporter for The Indianapolis Star (IndyStar).  Kwiatkowski, alongside two of her colleagues, produced an immense investigation into USA Gymnastics and Larry Nassar that has garnered national attention. On Monday, March 26, Kwiatkowski was welcomed back to GVSU to participate in two separate talks. 

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Gas line turned off after leak at Kistler Living Center

There was a small gas leak at Kistler Living Center on the Allendale Campus Tuesday, March 27. The leak was from a one-inch line outside the building and possibly related to a water leak. Residents were evacuated as a precautionary measure only. DTE was on the scene to turn off the line. No one was injured as a result of the incident. UPDATE: DTE has shut down the line, and residents are being allowed back into the building.

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GVSU students, faulty, and staff stand in solidarity with the victims of the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday February 21.

Campus officials address safety concerns after Parkland shooting

Dozens of students gathered outside the Cook Carillon Tower on Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus on Wednesday, Feb. 21, to hold a candlelight vigil for the victims of the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. It was a somber event, filled with pictures of victims and emotional words from students looking to make a change. 

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A street in downtown Grand Rapids on Sunday February 13th.

Grand Rapids officials express concern over students violating housing codes downtown

Officials from the city of Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University wish to remind students living downtown of compliance codes upheld by the city. According to Grand Rapids ordinances, no more than four non-related individuals may live in a house in the city. This has been an issue for GVSU students, as landlords and property managers have been allowing students to live in properties without being signed to a lease.

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Theresa Rolland, Captain Brandon DeHaan, and Detective Sara Fillman on Tuesday February 6, 2018.

Campus for Consent to host lecture on domestic violence

Grand Valley State University’s Campus for Consent is bringing Sarah Omicioli, a prevention and education specialist from Safe Haven Ministries in Grand Rapids, to campus to discuss domestic violence, consent, bystander intervention and stalking. Omicioli will give her presentation Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Room 2204.  

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Detective Sara Fillman on Tuesday February 6, 2018.

GVPD, Title IX discuss sexual assault reporting at campus event

To educate students on what to expect when filing sexual assault reports, It’s on Us As Lakers hosted an informative discussion Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the Mary Idema Pew Library Multipurpose Room. The organization partnered with representatives from the Title IX office, the Grand Valley State University Police Department and the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office to hold the event. 

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