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Carly Simpson

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More than just a football game

Over the past 12 years, Grand Valley State University and Saginaw Valley State University have turned their football rivalry into something more than a game of touchdowns and tackles. Through the annual tradition of Battle of the Valleys, the universities have raised more than $350,000 for local and national charities that benefit children.

College GOP ad campaign compares governor candidates to wedding dresses

The College Republican National Committee recently released an online ad comparing Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer to shopping for wedding dresses. The ad is based off the TLC television show “Say Yes to the Dress.”

Under review for tenure and promotion

Grand Valley State University will be changing their reviewal process for tenure and promotion of faculty members over the next year in order to keep their accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

Redefining fresh food

Students at Grand Valley State University will now have access to fresh, local produce grown near Allendale. On Sept. 22, the Sustainable Agriculture Project, a farm run by four GVSU student interns and volunteers, began to sell their produce to campus dining. Right now, their food is mainly being sold at the Connection.

Talks continue for interfaith space on GV's campus

The University Academic Senate voted on Friday to support the creation of an interfaith space on Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus. The space would be open to all students for uses such as meditation and prayer.

Campus Dining

Students at Grand Valley State University have noticed several changes this year at campus dining venues, such as the increase of meal +1s on menus, and some people aren’t happy.

Obstacles to learning

This fall, faculty at Grand Valley State University are collaborating on how to inspire students to be more actively engaged in their learning, especially those transitioning from high school to college expectations. “There seems to be a difference between what the students expect of the professors and their classes, and what the professors expect students to know,” said Deana Weibel, associate professor and department chair of anthropology.

Effective instructor? Agree or disagree

The Universal Student Evaluation of Teaching Implementation, a task force assigned to researching student evaluations at Grand Valley State University, has begun to share their findings with faculty.

Faculty governance preps for a busy year

Carly Simpson


Tomorrow will mark the start of another busy year for faculty governance at Grand Valley State University as the Executive Committee of the Senate holds their first meeting of the academic school year.

Renovations to Au Sable brings students together

During the first week of class, students at Grand Valley State University are starting to get acquainted with the newly renovated Au Sable Hall.

GV uses social media for move in week #gvsumovein

Last week, more than 6,000 new and returning students moved into living centers at Grand Valley State University. As students and their parents lugged in clothes, TVs, microwaves and other room essentials, they were encouraged to post stories and pictures to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #gvsumovein.

Renovated buildings open for fall semester

Over the summer, construction was wrapped up on two main buildings on the Allendale Campus at Grand Valley State University. This fall, new and returning students will once again have access to Kleiner Commons and the James H. Zumberge Hall.

Reinventing ramen OneBowl at a time

Like many other college students, Justin Herd had his fair share of ramen noodles and mac and cheese while in school.

From American to Tanzanian schools

After a 12 hour flight from Detroit to Amsterdam, a 4 hour layover, an 8 hour flight to Tanzania and an hour drive from the airport, 24 education majors from Grand Valley State University arrived in Arusha on May 4.

Farmers Market starts 8th season at GV

This summer, June 4 marks the beginning of the 8th season of the Farmers Market at Grand Valley State University.

Board of Trustees approves new academic programs

Undergraduate and graduate students at Grand Valley State University will soon have more options when it comes to choosing a major. Several programs will be added this year to the catalogue of 81 undergraduate majors and 32 graduate programs.

GVSU charter schools rank in top 10 in Mich.

Charter schools authorized by Grand Valley State University have been receiving state-wide recognition. The “2014 Best High School Rankings,” done by U.S. News and World Report, ranks Grand River Preparatory High School and Black River Public School second and seventh, respectively, among all public schools in the state.

Cyclist with a cause

After graduating, many students are on the lookout for one last adventure to add to the books before they join the real world. Grand Valley State University graduate Colin Kammeraad has found his. This summer, Kammeraad is biking over 3,800 miles from Portsmouth, N.H. to Vancouver, British Colombia.

From a tent to an arena

The first commencement at Grand Valley State University on June 18,1967 was held in a tent on the Allendale Campus. The university handed out 138 diplomas that afternoon. Fast forward to April 26, 2014 as families and friends are filling the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids while nearly 2,900 GVSU students participate in commencement ceremonies.

Alumni starting first hostel in Grand Rapids

In December 2013, Grand Rapids was dubbed the 2014 top travel destination in the country by Lonely Planet, an international travel website. After this announcement, Grand Valley State University alumni Matt Knaack and Tom Damitio knew it was time to start Stay Hostel, which will be the first hostel in the city.