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Students getting food at Kleiner Commons. GVL / Andrew Nyhof

Board of Trustees approves housing, meal plan price increases for 2019-20 school year

Friday, Feb. 8, Grand Valley State University’s Board of Trustees approved price increases for on-campus housing and meal plans for the 2019-2020 academic year. The unanimous vote increased housing costs by $17 per semester and main meal plan costs by $50 per semester. The total increase was 2.2 percent, a $1.2 million increase overall.  The decision by the board was reached following reviews of GVSU’s tuition costs, as well as the costs of facility operations and student employment. Each year, the board addresses the housing and dining rates in February and tuition rates in July. The July date gives the administration time to factor in enrollment numbers for the fall in calculating tuition rates it proposes to trustees.

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GV Opera Theatre showcases 'Wonderful Town'

On Friday, Feb. 15, Grand Valley State University’s Opera Theatre presented “Wonderful Town,” a production originally created by composer Leonard Bernstein and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. GVSU's run of the productions began the weekend of Feb. 8 and wrapped the following weekend on Feb. 17.

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Office of Multicultural Affairs to host “Black Girls Rock”

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Office of Multicultural Affairs will be hosting “Black Girls Rock” for the first time ever at Grand Valley State University. This event, which is based off of the original TV show on Black Entertainment TV (BET), will give spotlight to some of the most influential Black women professionals right here at GVSU. “Black Girls Rock” originated from an award show that happens yearly on BET. During the show, Producer Beverly Bond acknowledges the work that Black women have done across the world. 

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Cassidy Boensch, Lakers sweep season series with SVSU and Northwood

If Cassidy Boensch was not already on the radar for Division II Player of the Year for whatever reason, she surely is now. The junior center led the Lakers into Saginaw, Mich. on Thursday, Feb. 14 to take on their rival Saginaw Valley State Cardinals who they dispatched with ease behind the dominant play of Boensch, who turned in one of the most eye-popping stat lines in program history, scoring 38 points with 23 rebounds and four blocks in only 26 minutes on the floor.

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The “Stories of Summer” exhibition in the exhibation space in Mary Idmea Pew Library at GVSU on display the week of February 10th, 2019. GVL / Emily Modloff

Local LGBT history explored in ‘Stories of Summer’ exhibit

While the harsh winter has canceled classes and left students dreaming of warmer weather, Grand Valley State University’s Kutsche Office of Local History has planned an exhibit to remind students of sunnier days ahead and provide a historical view of the local LGBT community. The “Stories of Summer” series features photographs of summer memories throughout the history of Douglas and Saugatuck, two Michigan towns who acted as a safe space for LGBT youth, accompanied by informational text.

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Get your vaccinations, protect your community

While the university does not require vaccinations, just as Michigan's 12 other universities do not, they do recommend them. In fact, GVSU openly encourages the following vaccines: influenza, MMR, meningitis, meningitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, varicella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, HPV, pneumococcal and polio.  It is not enough, however, for a university to just ask this of their community. Parents and individuals across the country must take the timely precautions to vaccinate themselves and their children, in the case of those who can. 

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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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GVL / Sheila Babbitt basketball games on Feb 9th, 2019

Lakers beat SVSU, Northwood on final road trip of the season

After a rather rough week, the Grand Valley State men’s basketball team got things back on track this week in their final road trip of the season, beating Saginaw Valley State 81-64 on Thursday, Feb. 14 before defeating Northwood two days later with 67-63. The double-digit win for the Lakers on Thursday marks their second time beating the Cardinals this season, sweeping SVSU and continuing to rise to victory in the ‘Battle of the Valleys’. 

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