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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.”


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.

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.

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.

GVL / Luke Holmes - Women's Center Director Jessica Jennrich (right) speaks to faculty inside of the Women's Center on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016.

Taking the lead

Within the last year, Grand Valley State University has seen an alarming increase in reports of sexual assaults near campus prompting response at an administrative, community and national level. In order to help combat the threat of sexual violence on campus, GVSU will be utilizing $33,454 in state grant funds as part of the Michigan State Police (MSP) Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program.

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Shelby Simpson assists Officer Minh Lien, Katrina Rast, and Genevieve Steffes with an alcohol demonstration for ACES on Wednesday Jan. 25, 2016.

Being smart about alcohol

From vodka to beer to tequila, alcohol is a staple at frat parties and tailgates on college campuses across the U.S. While bonding over red Solo cups might seem like a good idea at the time, too much drinking can lead to MIPs, DUIs and even alcohol poisoning.