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Audra Gamble


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GVSU under investigation for Title IX violations

Grand Valley State University is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in regard to their compliance with Title IX responsibilities.

Support for sidewalks increases

According to the Ottawa County Road Commission, there has been a history of car accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists on 48

Sec. of State candidates to visit GV

This Wednesday, two candidates running to become the Secretary of State

Laker family mourns loss

On Monday morning, Grand Valley State University student Alexander Aninos was killed in a car accident.

Aninos was a fifth-year music education major, who hoped to become a music teacher and a lacrosse coach.

NPR journalist shares views on changing media

Scott Simon, host of the National Public Radio show “Weekend Edition,” spoke Monday at Grand Valley State University as part of the Fall Arts Celebration series. Simon, a veteran journalist who has covered 10 wars, spoke about his views of storytelling and the future of how journalists tell others’ stories.

Student food pantry seeks to expand its services

>Many students pay a high price to go to school, sometimes sacrificing other commodities in the process. One of the most commonly sacrificed necessities is food. According to Feeding America’s 2012 report, 16.8 percent of Michigan residents are food insecure.

Voting registration deadlines loom

With the midterm election just a scant 34 days away, it’s time to start thinking about voting, especially for college students, who are notoriously bad about getting to the polls.

For those Grand Valley State University students that aren’t registered to vote, the deadline to register in time for the November election is this upcoming Monday, Oct.

Jimmy Carter sheds light on sexual assault at GRCC

In 1978, Jimmy Carter said, “Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.”

Since Carter has been out of office, he and his wife, Rosalind, have been working on improving human rights around the world, through the Carter Center.

Tips for ArtPrize

1. For Grand Valley State University students that live downtown, make sure to plan a few extra minutes to your commute, starting Thursday morning.

GV waits to inform students of sexual assault

A Grand Valley State University student was raped in her apartment on Sunday, Sept. 7 just before 4 a.m. The student’s apartment in Country Place Apartments was broken into, and then the student was sexually assaulted. Though the GVSU student reported the incident to the police directly after it happened, GVSU students were not notified of the assault until Thursday afternoon, nearly five days later.

By the numbers

The statistics for the Grand Valley State University class of 2018 are in, and the numbers don’t lie.

This incoming class of freshmen is the largest yet at 4,226 students.

Student Senate sets goals for 2014-2015

The Grand Valley State University Student Senate held their first general assembly meeting of the academic year on Thursday, Aug.

Things to do around Grand Rapids during Labor Day weekend

While many Grand Valley State University students head home to their families for the long Labor Day weekend, there are still quite a few that stick around the Grand Rapids area.

Faculty and staff address focuses on the future

While today marks the start of classes for Grand Valley State University students, it also marks the beginning of a new academic year for the faculty and staff of GVSU.

Starting the semester off right

With students beginning to trickle on campus and classes looming ever closer, the academic year is about to begin. For some, doing well in their classes is as easy as anything. But for others, they could use a little help. Grand Valley State University offers multiple resources for its students to use in order to succeed. However, not all students know about them. The following are just a few of the offices and resources available to students at GVSU.

Chronicles of a camp counselor

Most college students have some sort of summer job to help pay for tuition, and sometimes those jobs can be pretty weird or unpleasant. Some of us work in retail, some of us do landscaping and some of us do whatever odd jobs we can find.

GVSU looks ahead to future

As Grand Valley State University begins to look ahead to the upcoming fall semester and the return of the bulk of its students, the university is also looking even further into the future. The university is finalizing its developmental plan for 2016-2021, as the current developmental plan will end in 2015.

GVSU involved in lawsuit

Grand Valley State University is currently involved in a pending lawsuit in which two students are suing the university for what they feel was a wrongful accusation of academic dishonesty. The two students, Ashley Short and Erin Jurek, were taking MTH 345, Discrete Mathematics, together in the summer of 2013 when their professor accused them of working together on a take-home exam.

Zumberge Hall renovations offer more centralized offices

Over the 2013-2014 academic year, Grand Valley State University students and faculty watched the old Zumberge library transform into the new Zumberge Hall.

GVSU faculty salaries rank lower than average

According to a recently-released survey by the American Association of University Professors, Grand Valley State University’s full-time professors are paid an average of $96,800.

Among the 14 public universities in Michigan that participated in the survey, GVSU ranked 10th.

The University of Michigan Ann Arbor ranked first in the state, with an average salary of $156,900.

Nationally, the average increase of salaries from the 2012-2013 school year to the 2013-2014 was 2.2 percent.

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