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Democracy 101 event to focus on marriage rights, religious liberty

After same-sex marriage was legalized in 2015, many people are now questioning the boundaries of freedom to practice religion and laws that protect LGBT persons against discrimination.  The Democracy 101 event “Whose Rights? Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty” will take place Wednesday, Jan. 31, in Room 2266 of the Kirkhof Center, and will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. Darren Walhof, professor in the political science department at Grand Valley State University, will be presenting at the program. 

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Scott Richardson presented with others at the student senate meeting on Thursday, January 25, 2017.

Student senate creates petition for state funds

The agenda for the Grand Valley State University student senate’s general assembly on Thursday, Jan. 25, covered several issues. Five students were appointed to fill spots on senate committees; a petition for more state funding for GVSU was discussed; and senators were encouraged to complete 10 Outreach, Research and Engagement forms (OREs) in the next two weeks.   

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Students discuss topics in their small groups at the Student Senate meeting on January 11th, 2017.

Student senate holds first general assembly of 2018

The Grand Valley State University student senate convened Thursday, Jan. 11, for its first general assembly of the semester. The evening’s agenda included two guest speakers from the university, a public comment period, president and vice president reports and a working general assembly session.  

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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.