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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.

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.