GVL / Luke Holmes - Student Senate held their first meeting of the year in the Pere Marquette Room Thursday, Sep. 1, 2016.

Creating transparency with student senate

Every Thursday at 4:30 p.m., student senate President Ella Fritzemeier bangs her gavel to indicate the start of the student senate general assembly. Eight vice presidents sit to her left and right and 50 senators are seated in front of her. But the gallery, meant for people from the public to sit, stays mostly empty.

GVL / Sara Carte
Grand Valley student, Bethany Garcia, celebrates the Fall season on Oct. 14. The dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is pushing for a Fall breather weekend of no school work.

Taking a break

Fall is characterized by the changing leaves, trips to the apple orchard and often, illness and fatigue from heavy course loads. From Labor Day to Thanksgiving, students at Grand Valley State University attend classes for 11 and a half weeks without an official break.