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Shelby Pendowski

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Year in Review: Top features #2

In the early morning hours on Oct. 9, the Spotlight Productions crew at Grand Valley State University began preparing for the arrival of the Wayans brothers, Marlon and Shawn. The students under the direction of Spotlight president Amy Hallochak set up seating for 3,200 people, transformed the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena with a stage and prepared organic chicken at the request of the comedians.

Year in Review: Top features #1

As Hoodie Allen prepared for his show on April 9 at GVSU, he spent time responding to tweets and taking pictures with fans who began lining up at 11:30 a.m. for his 8 p.m. show.

Dancing for donations

This semester, the GVSU Dance Troupe paired with Kids’ Food Basket to collect various items.

GVSU alumnus shares stories through photographs

On March 24, GVSU alumnus Jared Kohler will present “The Syrian Refugee Journey” in the Pere Marquette Room in the GVSU Kirkhof Center at 1 p.m.

Hoodie Allen with Lion Babe to perform at GV

GVSU’s Spotlight Productions is pleased to announce Hoodie Allen with Lion Babe will headline the annual spring concert on April 9.

Distinguished curator teaches students about art

A committee of GVSU Art and Design department professors secured a handful of speakers to enlighten students on career choices following graduation.

From Last Laker Standing to LaughFest

Annually, Grand Valley State University’s Spotlight Productions searches for the funniest student or faculty member through the Last Laker Standing competition.

Reasons to Be Pretty gives intimate performance

Students from the Grand Valley State University Theatre department organize multiple performances each year, and under the direction of GVSU student Cody Robinson, they premiered “Reasons to Be Pretty” this weekend at the Louis Armstrong Theatre.

Changing the scene

Grand Valley State University student Kyle Norton began playing instruments at a young age, and when he came to college he decided to use his musical talents to form the one-man band the Nortroniks. After years of developing as a solo electronic music artist, Norton has expanded the band to include drummer Christian Grow, who is also a GVSU student.

Flirting with magic

Escaping a straightjacket, making an object appear out of thin air and mind reading all began as ploys for Trino the Magician to pick up girls back in middle school. After years of practice though, he turned the hobby into a profession.

Local band produces album 'Pass it On'

It has been three years since The Outer Vibe released music, and on Jan. 30 they will release an EP of their new music at the Intersection. 

Long-time GV art professor to retire in April

The Grand Valley State University Art Gallery echoed with the chatter of students, community members and faculty as they viewed the array of work by art and design professor Ed Wong-Linda. After almost 20 years of teaching at GVSU, Wong-Linda will bid the university adieu when he retires following the commencement of the 2015 winter semester.

Harmonizing as individuals and as a community

For the past five years, the Grand Valley State University chapter of SAI Mu Alpha has hosted A Cappell-Off. A Cappell-Off is a competition that brings a cappella groups from around the Midwest to compete for titles such as best overall group, best male group, best mixed group and best female group. This year, not only will groups from four different states compete, but also all four of GVSU’s a cappella groups will go head to head.

Local film stars GV talent

In 2009, 228 people boarded Air France flight 447 in Rio de Janeiro to make a routine flight to Paris, but the passengers and flight crew never reached their final destination. The Air France flight disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean.

Months of hard work debut in two performances

The muffled conversations of the audience at the Grand Valley State University’s Louis Armstrong Theatre fell to whispers as the room fell dark at the Fall Dance Concert on Dec. 6. Those whispers quickly subsided into silence as the spotlights upon the stage ignited to reveal the first piece of the night – “Concerto.”

GV professors spread holiday cheer through performance

Grand Valley State University highlights a new artist on a weekly basis through the Arts at Noon series. Performances have included students, local performers and faculty members.

Faculty event features international holiday traditions

Grand Valley State University employs hundreds of professors from all around the world. To bridge the gap between international and domestic professors, the GVSU International Faculty and Friends committee through the Padnos International Center is hosting a Holidays Around the World event on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Room 308 in the Padnos Hall of Science.

Allendale Fire Department no longer responding to medical calls at GV

In the past, when a student, faculty or visitor at Grand Valley State University called 911 for a medical emergency on the Allendale Campus, the operator would route them through to the Allendale Fire Department.

GVSU alumnus produces award-winning film

In 1998 at a restaurant in Los Angeles, two friends sat together sipping drinks dreaming of the day when they would take over Hollywood. From this point, Myles Sorenson and Grand Valley State University alumnus Clifford Fields went their separate ways in the film industry, but remained friends through it all.

A snapshot of the semester

As other Grand Valley State University students began cracking open their books in early September, six senior photography students started snapping away on their cameras, filling memory cards full for artwork.