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Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss on Wednesday April 4, 2018.

Grand Rapids Mayor Bliss talks about leadership at GVSU

Grand Valley State University students had the opportunity to learn about effective leadership from the chief of the second-largest city in Michigan. Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss spoke at GVSU on Wednesday, April 4, for the Kenneth Venderbush Leadership Keynote. Bliss, who in 2016 became the first woman to become mayor in Grand Rapids, shared advice on believing in others, finding balance and making the most out of transitions in life.

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Social media opens door for bullying, even in college

Bullying can take many forms, including harmful comments, physical abuse or other degrading actions toward a person. Victims of bullying can feel isolated from their peers and suffer from stress. As more social media platforms develop every year, there is an increasing number of places to be in contact with others. One downside of this, however, is the increased potential for online harassment.  

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Student leaders from Forest Hills Northern High School direct the March For Our Lives protest in Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday March 24, 2018.

'March for Our Lives' an example of increasing youth activism, GVSU administrators say

Local members of the West Michigan community, including current students, came together at the "March for Our Lives" to call on representatives in Congress to address what they see as ineffective gun-control legislation.  Mark Richards, chair of the political science department at Grand Valley State University, sees the student activism displayed in the "March for Our Lives" as an opportunity to get students more involved in politics and more civically engaged. 

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CLAS Academic Advising Center absorbs SASC

The Student Academic Success Center (SASC) at Grand Valley State University will soon be a thing of the past, at least in its current form. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center is in the process of merging with SASC in a move that some say will allow for a more effective use of both centers.  

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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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