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Audra Gamble


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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.

Things to do at GVSU in May

Though the vast majority of Grand Valley State University students have headed home for the summer, there is still plenty to do around and on GVSU’s campus this month. Here are just a few ideas of things to do in May to make sure the summer starts off with a little fun.

The best pizza in town

On April 7, the Niemeyer Honors College multipurpose room was full of a smell near and dear to all college students’ hearts: pizza.

Going Greek: Delta Tau Lambda

When the average person thinks of a typical sorority girl, they generally draw upon the images of sororities they see in movies and pop culture. That image usually is of a young, blond, Caucasian girl.

ICYMI: Top 7 moments from Laverne Cox's speech

“I stand before you this evening a proud African-American transgender woman. From a working class background, raised by a single mother, I stand before you an artist and an actress, a sister and a daughter…”

Cox: 'Transgender people could use a little justice, could use a little love'

Laverne Cox, known for her role on the hit Netflix original series, “Orange is the New Black,” and her status as a transgender woman of color, spoke before a packed room on Tuesday at Grand Valley State University.

Actress Laverne Cox to discuss transgender issues at GV

Laverne Cox, a transgender woman of color and a star of the hit Netflix original show, “Orange is the New Black,” will speak at Grand Valley State University on Tuesday in the Eberhard Center room 215. While the event is not ticketed, seats are expected to fill quickly.

GVSU fraternity raises over $25,000 for MS

While the vast majority of students at Grand Valley State University are preparing for a relaxing week off at home or enjoying warmer weather, the men of Alpha Tau Omega are beginning their 160-mile on-foot trek from Kirkhof Center up to Traverse City.

Geology department hosts chili cook-off competition

After the long and relentless winter Grand Valley State University has struggled through, the GVSU geology department is planning to warm up a little with its annual chili cook-off competition today.

Fraternity shaves heads for cancer fundraiser

If students walked into the Kirkhof Center on Jan. 29, they might have been confused by a sight not native to the student center. Locks of hair scattered the floor by the 2020 Information Desk, and by evening, the tiles were covered with the stuff.

Chinese New Year celebration features traditional dance and food

Though 2014 began nearly a month ago, the Grand Valley State University Asian Student Union is getting ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year tomorrow.

Sibs & Kids weekend set to be a 'wild time'

Seeing someone under the age of 17 is a bit of a rarity on the Grand Valley State University campus, but GVSU is about to welcome a group of students far younger than the average college student. This weekend, GVSU will host the siblings and family members of its students during the annual Sibs & Kids weekend.

Featured club: You Beautiful Black Woman

With more than 300 registered student organizations at Grand Valley State University, it can be difficult to decide what type of clubs to join — let alone know what kinds are offered. One club that some are unaware of is You Beautiful Black Woman, also known as YBBW.

Olde World Music club concert features winter favorites

The Olde World Music club will be holding its first official concert of the year on Dec. 6 with holiday favorites such as “Hark! The Herald Angel Sings” and “Deck the Halls.”

Review: Holocaust play sheds light on lasting effects, but lacks clarity

For some, the Holocaust has become little more than a series of facts to be remembered for exams. “Kindertransport,” a play presented by the Grand Valley State University theater department, re-humanizes the Holocaust by depicting the lasting effects it could have had on not just an individual but an entire family.

GVSU seniors perform final dance recital

This semester’s graduating Dance majors will be performing their final recital this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center room 1600 as part of their capstone class.

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