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Honors College establishes diversity task force, seeks to improve inclusion

In the Fall 2017 semester, 81.9 percent of undergraduate students at Grand Valley State University were white, and minority students make up an even lesser percentage of GVSU’s Frederik Meijer Honors College. Director of the Honors College Roger Giles recently spoke at a student senate meeting about some changes in curriculum, refocusing on issue-based courses and improving diversity. Senate members had plenty of questions and advice for Giles, many focusing on collaboration with campus diversity resource groups.

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Student comedians compete in Last Laker Standing finals

Grand Valley State University’s Campus Activity Board sponsored the annual Last Laker Standing finals which featured six student comedians. All students were invited to attend the free event on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale campus.   The Last Laker Standing competition has been in motion for the last several weeks. The six comedians were all required to audition in front of members of the Campus Activity Board in order to advance to the final competition.  

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GV's Gift of Life starts their annual campus challenge

Each year, 11 Michigan universities and colleges compete to see which school can get the most number of people to register as new organ donors. This year, the Gift of Life campus challenge started on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and will end on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Gift of Life is a non-profit organization that recovers organs every year for those in need. They are also partnered with the Secretary of State of Michigan to oversee the entire organ donor registry.

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GV welcomes Delta Gamma to the Panhellenic community

Out of a variety of sororities, Delta Gamma was chosen to become the newest member of the Grand Valley State University Greek community this year. Delta Gamma, which has 151 collegiate chapters throughout the United States, is a group that focuses on “Doing good,” both on a holistic and individual scale.  “The committee believed that the values of Delta Gamma and what they were proposing to the committee fit best with the Grand Valley community,” said Julia Henderson, the Panhellenic President at GVSU.

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"We Are Not Invisible" program to celebrate black history

Each year, Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) day is celebrated to display MLK’s importance in human history. This year through the “We are not Invisible” program, the Multicultural Affairs Department at Grand Valley State University strives to not only recognize the day, but to make a regular routine in celebrating the important contributions that African Americans have made. On Friday, Feb. 1, the Multicultural Affairs Department will be hosting “We are not Invisible” from 12 to 1:30 p.m. There will be a variety of activities going on with focus primarily on the significance of Black History Month.

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Peer educators teach importance of bystander intervention

Awareness about sexual harassment and assault has been a huge focus in the past year. From the Me Too movement to Time’s Up, our society has been more exposed to the harm and injustice surrounding sexual harassment than ever before. However, with this new found knowledge, many people still don’t know how to help others in the case of sexual assault and harassment. Luckily, we have resources right here at Grand Valley State University that focus on educating students to be active bystanders. 

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Community Service Learning Center to host MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity

To celebrate the end of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week, Grand Valley State University will be one of many campuses providing students the opportunity to volunteer on MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity. The Community Service Learning Center and the MLK Week Executive Planning Committee have partnered together to organize this 33rd annual day of service at GVSU. The day will begin with a key note presentation about Dr. King’s legacy and community involvement, and it will end with students travelling to one of 9 participating non-profits that serve those in the west Michigan area.

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Community involvement through the eyes of our 2018 homecoming regent

Crowning a homecoming regent during the halftime of the homecoming football game has become an exciting annual Laker tradition. The 2018 homecoming regent, Lavar Green-Jackson, demonstrates that this honor means much more to him than just attending weekly classes on campus.  On Saturday, Oct. 6, Lavar Green-Jackson was crowned Grand Valley State University’s 2018 homecoming regent. According to the Office of Student Life, a homecoming regent is either a junior or senior at GVSU, is a member of a student organization participating in homecoming events, is in good academic standing and embodies GVSU values in their everyday life. After the candidates participate in elements such as interviews and endorsement letters during the nomination process, all students, faculty and staff are allowed to vote for their favorite Laker. 

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GV running club hosts 10th annual Turkey Trot race

November brings the season of giving, and at Grand Valley State University there is no shortage of opportunities to give back to the community. This past Saturday, Nov. 17, the GVSU Running Club did just that at their 10th annual Turkey Trot.  The GVSU Running Club is an organization for all students who have any interest in running. The group meets every day from Monday through Friday at 6pm at the Kelly Sports Center. Students of all abilities are welcome, and members’ running experience spans from never running a step in their life to ultra-marathoners and everything in between.