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Audra Gamble


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Reevaluating sexual assault policies

For the third time this semester, Grand Valley State University students, faculty and staff received a campus safety notification informing them of a sexual assault in the GVSU community. The Dec. 3 notification was in reference to an incident at 48 West apartments.

Third sexual assault notification goes out to Laker community

At 4:57 p.m. on Dec. 3, the following message was sent out to the Grand Valley State University community:“On December 3, 2014, it was reported to the Grand Valley Police Department that a sexual assault took place November 10, 2014, at 48 West Apartments, located at 10897 48th Avenue in Allendale.

The future of 48th Avenue

After a series of accidents involving Grand Valley State University students on 48th Avenue this semester, Allendale Charter Township has released information about the future plans for the avenue.

Laker elected to board of education

While most college students feel overwhelmed by their workloads, one Grand Valley State University student has taken on a rather daunting task.Toby Hutchins, a GVSU senior double majoring in political science and public and nonprofit administration, recently won an election for a six-year term on his hometown school board.

Campus dining plans for new restaurants

As the construction of the new Grand Valley State University laboratory science building draws to a close, so too does the construction of The Marketplace, the future home for the two-story version of the University Bookstore.

Review: GV's "The Magic Flute" leaves audience laughing

For most, going to an opera is not on the top of their to-do list. Even more so, it’s highly unlikely that a college student is going to want to spend their weekend going to see an opera written over 200 years ago. However, the Grand Valley State University theater and opera students managed to entertain a packed house on Nov. 8 with their rendition of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”

Voter's guide to the state election

State Senate for the 30th District:

Sarah Howard (D):

  • Lawyer from 2002 to 2014, former experience with political offices
  • BA from Western Michigan University, law degree from the University of Michigan
  • Supports state funds for Detroit
  • Supports the construction of the Detroit River International Crossing
  • Does not support the "Right to Work" law, which allows workers to choose not to be represented by a union
  • Wants to equalize the income tax burden
  • Wants to amend the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation
  • Does not support the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act

Arlan Meekhof (R):

  • Current state senator, former state representative
  • Bachelor's from Davenport University
  • Supports state funds for Detroit
  • Does not support the construction of the Detroit River International Crossing
  • Sponsored the "Right to Work" bill
  • Has worked to repeal the Michigan Business Tax and the Personal Property Tax
  • Does not want to amend the Elliot-Larsen Act
  • Supports the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act

State House of Representatives for the 88th District:

Janice Gwasdacus (D):

  • Billing service manager at AT&T
  • BBA from Davenport University
  • Thinks Michigan should focus on alternative energy sources
  • Supports the Affordable Care Act
  • Believes in campaign finance reform
  • Wants to allow student borrowers to enter bankruptcy

Roger Victory (R):

  • Current state representative
  • Bachelor's degree from Davenport University
  • Wants to repair the Michigan roads with state funds
  • Voted against the minimum wage increase
  • Wants to strengthen the Michigan agriculture sector
  • Does not support legalized abortion or gay marriage

State Senate for the 28th District:

Deb Havens (D):

  • Producer/ writer and retired educator
  • BA from Western Michigan University, MA from University of Florida, doctorate from Eastern Michigan University
  • Supports the allocation of state funds to help Detroit emerge from municipal bankruptcy
  • Advocates for the construction of the Detroit River International Crossing
  • Does not support making Michigan a "Right to Work" state
  • Supports amending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation
  • Supports same sex marriage and the decriminalization of recreational marijuana

Peter MacGregor (R):

  • Current representative for the 73rd District
  • BA from Michigan State University
  • Does not support the increase in minimum wage
  • Does not support legalized abortion or gay marriage
  • Helped pass "Right to Work" legislation
  • Helped eliminate lifetime welfare benefits and implemented a 48 month lifetime cap on cash assistance for able-bodied individuals 

Ted Gerrard (UST):

  • Business owner
  • BS from Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Does not support the increase in minimum wage
  • Believes Michigan should divest itself from the Department of Education
  • Advocate of the right to bear arms
  • Does not support legalized abortion or gay marriage
  • Believes in limited government involvement

State House of Representatives for the 75th District:

Brandon Dillon (D):

  • Current representative for the 75th District, former Kent County commissioner
  • Bachelor's degree from Grand Rapids Community College
  • Opposes "Right to Work" legislation
  • Supports amending the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation
  • Advocates for small class sizes and education funding
  • In favor of legalized gay marriage

John Lohrstorfer (R):

  • Chief technology officer at Loxodonta Development
  • Degree from Aquinas College
  • Supports a tax credit for employers who pay for public transit for employees
  • Did not provide more information on his positions on key issues

State Senate for the 29th District:

Lance Penny (D):

  • Professional driver
  • BA from Beloit College
  •  Does not support the state’s current use of emergency managers
  • Supports raising fees on heavy trucks to raise funds for roads and dedicating the current sales tax on gasoline to roads
  • Supports legally recognized gay marriage
  • Supports legalized abortion 

Dave Hildenbrand (R):

  • Current State Senator
  • BS from Michigan State University
  • Supports the state’s current use of emergency managers
  • Does not support legally recognized gay marriage
  • Does not support legalized abortion

State House of Representatives for the 76th District:

Winnie Brinks (D):

  • Current state representative for the 75th District
  • BA from Calvin College
  • Supports multiple tax credits
  • Would like to slow the rapid rise in college tuition
  • Supports an increase in minimum wage
  • Committed to restoring funding to Michigan schools
  • Supports legalized abortion and gay marriage

Donijo DeJonge (R):

  • Professor of public finance at Grand Valley State University
  • BS from Central Michigan University, MA and PhD from Rutgers University
  • Would like to reallocate part of the gas tax revenue to repair the state's roads
  • Does not support any further increase in minimum wage
  • Would like to see an increase in a trained labor force in Michigan
  • Does not support legalized abortion, but leaves marriage up to religious institutions

William Mohr (UST):

  • Former precinct delegate for the Republican party, currently self-employed
  • No higher education information provided
  • Advocates for Second Amendment rights
  • Believes the Department of Education should be abolished
  • Does not believe there should be a minimum wage
  • Does not support legalized abortion or gay marriage

Voter's guide to midterm elections 2014

Overview of candidates running in the upcoming election

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.

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