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Maddie Forshee


Recent articles


Capoeira introduces Brazilian roots to GV

From the 16th century to modern day, Capoeira has existed as an art form derived from African slaves in Brazil and has persevered through slavery and outlaw, evolving into a martial art that combines dance, acrobatics and music.

Young Alumni Council preserves GV community ties

The Young Alumni Council serves to continue the connection between alumni and the university as they transition from being students to graduating and being on their own. The council was created in 2008 after there was a noted gap between the alumni populations due to a growth of GVSU students around that time.

Snowshoe walks expand winter activity options

As notorious as Grand Valley State University is for its long, cold winters, it opens up many options for people to take part in winter activities. To avoid the high costs of hitting the slopes elsewhere, a more local option is being offered to faculty and staff this winter: snowshoeing.

GV student granted wish from Make-A-Wish Foundation

Jessica LeBlanc spent much of her time in high school playing music and volunteering, until she was faced with serious health issues. Overcoming adversity and learning to deal with challenges in life became her top priority, and today she is thankful for that.

New student organization aims to provide holiday relief for homeless

Packing Hope is a student organization that was recently established in October. Club president and founder Erin O’Rourke was inspired to help the homeless after being approached on multiple occasions in downtown Grand Rapids. Despite her friends telling her to ignore them, it struck a chord with her.

Delta Tau Lambda establishes annual event honoring Latina empowerment

Delta Tau Lambda, a Grand Valley State University Latina-based sorority, has established a new annual tradition of honoring and empowering women. The event recognizes Latina women around the Grand Rapids community; an event no better named than ‘Salute to Latinas'.

Puppetry club to join GV's student life organizations

Live puppet shows are not very common at Grand Valley State University, but for anyone interested in puppetry and performance, a group of students are trying something new in an effort of establishing a campus puppet club.

Sigma Lambda Beta Celebrates 10th anniversary

This month, Sigma Lambda Beta, a cultural-based fraternity, will celebrate its 10th anniversary of receiving their charter and becoming a chapter at Grand Valley State University.

HerStory series highlights women leadership

On a personal level, getting to know faculty and staff is not something that everyone has the chance to do. Luckily, the Women’s Commission has created an event to highlight women in leadership positions across campus to share their personal stories.

GVSU Truck Club hosts series of food drives

Marking the last day of Homecoming week for Grand Valley State University was Saturday Oct. 11; a day full of fun, friends, football and, for the Truck Club, philanthropy.

Cardboard Challenge brings new spin to arcades

On Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., there will be a unique addition to Grand Valley State University's Allendale Campus: a student-built cardboard arcade on the Kirkhof lawn.

Student competition heats up for Homecoming

Every fall, students across campus are given the opportunity to show off their Grand Valley State University pride while getting competitive with fellow Lakers during Homecoming Week. From spirit boards to trivia to LipSync, this year’s Homecoming is bound to be no different.

Experiential learning

Last Friday, students could be seen in the lawn outside of Kirkhof throwing a discus, racing and even shooting abow and arrow. However it wasn’t a weird track and field meet, it was the 6th annual Paleo-Olympic Games.

Panhellenic Association Prepares for Fall Recruitment

This weekend, Grand Valley State University will host one of the biggest events of the year, which also serves as one of the most important to the Panhellenic society: fall sorority recruitment. With recruitment starting Friday, Sept. 19, hundreds of girls across campus will come together to find their new homes by rushing a sorority.

Making a difference in the community

It’s no secret that Grand Valley State University students are heavily involved on campus. With over 350 student organizations and many volunteer opportunities, it’s not hard for a student to get involved.

Campus Life Night to Showcase Ample Opportunities for Students

College is all about the experience, so why not get the most out of it? Grand Valley State University's Campus Life Night serves as an annual tradition that helps connect both new and returning students with the community around them.

Fatherly scholars

Single mom’s clubs, mom-to-mom meetings, support groups for new mothers. After perusing the listings, one might wonder where all of the groups for dads are.

Bring the Green ushers in the new season

Spring is slowly sneaking up on Michigan, so a group of Grand Valley State University students wanted to help Grand Rapids jump into spring this weekend.

Professional preening

Free food, free clothes, and free career advice — it’s not a dream, it’s Dress for Success.

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