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Grand Valley State University's Beacon Since 1963, Allendale, MI
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Erika Collin


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Dancing from West Michigan to the East Coast

Before this summer, the biggest achievement of Dan Wentworth’s dance career was dancing for the Grand Valley State University dance program. After this summer, he’d be able to say he danced at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City.

Carillon clock tower turns cerulean in honor of autism awareness

In the United States, one in every 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder.

Student comedians to roast GVSU for charity

Some students are able to say that they’ve made jokes poking fun at Grand Valley State University’s President Thomas Haas, but hardly any are able to say that they’ve made those jokes to his face.

'Why I don't believe in God'

Students on campus are sometimes known for their desire to accept all religions and diversity, as demonstrated by the interfaith “Faiths United for a Cure” Relay for Life team, but how accepting are they of the idea of having no religion?

Breaking bread

Imagine a place where the historical disputes between religions could be set aside — where people with varying opinions could sit down and talk to one another in peace. The Avi Shabbat dinner provided just this for Grand Valley State University’s Jewish and Muslim students on Friday night.

A taste of diversity

Being able to fully understand a culture involves experiencing it firsthand and becoming immersed in it. There are dances to be watched, songs to be heard and food to be tasted.

Nutrition Club leads guided tour of Meijer

Grocery shopping doesn’t seem like a challenging task, but when trying to successfully shop for the healthiest options, it’s helpful to have guidance.

Out N' About club connects with other LGBTA groups at conference

Without the organization Out ‘N’ About, Leslie Boker wouldn’t have the perfect safe place. Without this, Boker wouldn’t have many close friends. Without this, Boker wouldn’t have found a partner of two and a half years, and they wouldn’t be engaged.

Comedy team heads to GVSU

For the first time ever, the entertainers who were named Campus Activities Magazine’s entertainers of the year are performing at Grand Valley State University.

Featured club: Hillel at GVSU

Last year, more than 400 Grand Valley State University students and community members gathered at the Genocide Awareness Night and were deeply moved as they listened to a Holocaust survivor tell his story.

Faculty and staff brave the cold for a snowshoe outing

On Jan. 16, Grand Valley State University faculty and staff members strapped on their snowshoes and took a peaceful walk through the white-covered campus. This first snowshoe walk of the year gave faculty and staff the opportunity to get out of their offices, experience the crisp, cold January air and feel the snow under their feet. “(My favorite part is) just being outdoors,” said Joe Bitely, leader of the walks and Climbing Center manager.

GVSU alumnus creates PushPic app, seeks GV beta testers

When Lance Beaudry graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2012 with a major in social studies and a minor in psychology, he didn’t see himself becoming a software designer. However, when an idea for a potential iPhone application struck him, he decided to take the plunge into unknown territory.

Yoga Club stresses mental exercise over physical

Yoga not only builds physical strength and flexibility, but many have suggested that it also has major holistic health benefits. Grand Valley State University’s Yoga Club wants to introduce students to these spiritual aspects of yoga.

Belly Dance Club gears up for its first showcase of the year

Grand Valley State University’s Belly Dance Club is out to prove that belly dancing transcends traditional mediums. The club doesn’t just dance to traditional belly dance music with signature, strong drum beats; members also keep their moves fresh by dancing to music by artists like AWOLNATION and Mumford and Sons.

Puppet show exposes audience to Spanish

Almost every seat in the Cook-Dewitt Center of Grand Valley State University is occupied as the audience members laugh at the controlled chaos occurring onstage. The booming voices of the actors fill the room, but their faces are nowhere to be found. Instead, they are hidden behind patterned fabric and a backdrop while their arms move Spanish-speaking puppets across the miniature stage.

GVTV gives back to the community

Instead of letting old clothes pile up, Grand Valley Television is offering students another option. This year, students will not have to worry about what to do with their old clothing and winter jackets, because GVTV is holding its second annual clothing drive.

Net Impacts GVSU connects students to community

Imagine if every business not only focused on making profit, but also worked to better the community. Net Impact at Grand Valley State University wants as many businesses as possible to work toward that goal.

Dance Marathon gives proceeds to children's hospital

For the past six years, the sisters of the sorority Phi Mu have spent a single day dancing and moving to the beat of a DJ for 12 hours in the middle of the Kirkof Center. However, it’s never been just a fun social event; it has always been for a cause.

Hair Show gives all attendees a chance to talk hair

For the first time in the history of Grand Valley State University’s chapter of You Beautiful Black Woman, students were able to sit in a relaxed setting to talk with peers about different aspects of African American hair.

Lip Sync contest pumps up students for Homecoming Week

It’s not very often that audiences get to experience groups of college students dancing around in pig tails, tutus and face paint to the tune of pre-wrecking ball Miley Cyrus’ “Can’t Be Tamed.” At the Lip Sync Contest, though, the packed Fieldhouse of Grand Valley State University got to witness just that and more.

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