GVSU tentatively approved for bump in state funding

Grand Valley State University may be a little closer to reaching its goal for state funding.  In March, GVSU President Thomas Haas and members of student senate took the fight to Lansing, where they spoke in front of Michigan State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker’s Appropriations Subcommittee for Higher Education. The funding on the table for higher education in Michigan as a whole was $17 million more than what Gov. Rick Snyder had originally proposed, increasing from $28.6 million to $45.6 million. GVSU will receive 3.7 percent of the $45.6 million. Last week, student senators learned that the committee had approved this request.

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The Sudent Senate holds a meeting to elect new officers on April 5th, 2018. Voting will commence next week for the new Vice Presidents of the committees.

Student senate sets 2018-19 budget

Grand Valley State University's student senate has set the university's 2018-19 Student Life Fund. The fund jumps from $1.07 million for fiscal year (FY) 2017-18 to just below $1.1 million for FY 2018-19. Club sports once again received the largest increase in allocations for the coming academic year, increasing from $425,000 to $440,000. 

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GVL /Matt Read Student Senate meets on Thursday November 13th, 2017. They opened with discussing their social media outreach.

Rachel Jenkin elected student senate president

At the Grand Valley State University student senate general assembly Thursday, April 12, new cabinet members were elected from the body for the 2018-19 academic year. By the end of the night, Rachel Jenkin, vice president of campus affairs from this academic year, was named the president-elect, while Morgan Mattler, vice president of public relations this academic year, was elected as the new executive vice president. 

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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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