Downtown Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids adopts 'equal services' policy

To ensure that all community members feel safe in Grand Rapids, the city commission passed the "Equal Services Regardless of Immigration Status and/or National Origin" policy, which ensures that all community members—regardless of their immigration status—are provided with equal services and their rights are respected.  

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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. 

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Levi Rickert (Potawatomi) founder of Native News Online shares his insights on Standing Rock, Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

Native American writer discusses Standing Rock at GVSU

In 2016, protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) at Standing Rock drew the largest gathering of Native Americans this century. On Tuesday, Nov. 14, Levi Rickert (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation), founder of Native News Online, spoke on the matter at Grand Valley State University for the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Native American Heritage Month.

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Student Senate had a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 28th, 2017. Guest speakers Santiago Gayton and Chief Renee Freeman were invited to join them in talking about key issues at Grand Valley.

Student senate continues to push fall break proposal

The Grand Valley State University student senate continued to discuss the progress of the fall break proposal at its general assembly Thursday, Nov. 9. At its previous meeting Thursday, Nov. 2, student senate voted in favor of the mid-semester break, and the proposal was presented to the University Academic Senate Executive Board on Friday, Nov. 3.  

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GVSU Student Senate on Thursday September 14, 2017.

Fall break proposal moves up for faculty approval

Last Thursday, Nov. 2, the Grand Valley State University student senate voted in favor of a fall break proposal, which was presented to the University Academic Senate Executive Board Friday, Nov. 3. Jonathan Bowman, president of student senate, is currently in discussion with faculty and administration on the proposed calendar changes. 

GVL / Dylan McIntyre. Hank Meijer and Gleaves Whitney speaking together at the Loosemore Auditorium about the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.

Author, Meijer CEO holds book release at GVSU

Arthur Vandenberg was a Republican senator from Grand Rapids who worked through differences in views to help create the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and other important pieces of foreign policy legislation. To offer more perspective on this, Hank Meijer, co-chairman and CEO of Meijer, wrote a biography about the life and career of Vandenberg. Meijer was recently at Grand Valley State University to speak about the book.