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Health Forum of West Michigan to examine root of opioid epidemic

Opioids are defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a class of drugs used to reduce pain. Some can be prescribed, such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, and others, like heroin, are sold illegally. Nevertheless, 116 people died every day in 2016 from opioid-related overdoses, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To fight this growing problem, the event “Health Forum of West Michigan: Opioid Epidemic 2018” is being held Friday, Feb. 2.  

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Grand Valley Police Department work alongside other safety departments in the surrounding area to train in the case of an active shooter on Sunday December 17, 2017.

GVPD holds active-shooter-response training in Mackinac Hall

Approximately 40-plus police officers, 20-plus firefighters and 20 to 25 volunteers participated in the Grand Valley State University Police Department’s largest annual training session designed to prepare its staff for an active-shooter situation on campus. As part of its yearly exercise, the GVPD partnered with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and other emergency organizations on Sunday, Dec. 17, to practice confrontation and rescue techniques. This year, local fire departments also participated for the first time.

GVL / Emily Frye - Christopher Stark works within the Laker Store on Wendesday, April 15, 2015.

Laker Store, Campus Dining locations see theft during fall semester

As Grand Valley State University concluded another semester, more crime statistics have been released by the GVSU Police Department. The Laker Store has seen 21 cases of retail fraud, more commonly known as shoplifting, spanning from August to the end of December 2017. According to GVPD Acting Director Brandon DeHaan, 16 of the suspected individuals have been identified, with appropriate punitive action taken depending on the degree of shoplifting. The 21 cases signify an increase from the 10 cases that were reported by the Grand Valley Lanthorn in November of 2016. 

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Sigma Phi Epsilon receives five-year ban

Greek Life organizations have gained negative attention nationwide recently, with many universities cracking down on behavior that doesn’t align with its values. After a number of conduct violations over several years, Sigma Phi Epsilon (Sig Ep), Grand Valley State University’s oldest fraternity, was banned from campus for the next five years.