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Stephanie Brzezinski


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Prepping for fall flu season

The Grand Valley State University Kirkhof College of Nursing is providing influenza vaccinations for students, faculty, staff and other community members.

Secretary of State office comes to GV

The Grand Valley State University Student Senate is collaborating with the Office of Student Life to bring a mobile Secretary of State office to the Allendale Campus this week as part of the 2014 mobile office college tour. 

OrgSync updates offer student organizations new tools

Grand Valley State University has seen many changes on campus this year. One of these changes is the recent updates to OrgSync, a web-based platform for student organizations. Todd Cox, student organization development coordinator at the Office of Student Life, said there are over 400 campuses around the country that use OrgSync in addition to GVSU, which officially launched the website in January 2013.

Palestinian journalist to speak at GV

Ali Abunimah, a Palestinian-American journalist, will speak at Grand Valley State University at noon today in room 2215/2216 in the Kirkhof Center.

GV names new MAREC director

Grand Valley State University has selected Kevin Ricco as the new director of the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center, a GVSU SmartZone

LGBT resource center gears up for new students

As Grand Valley State University students and faculty adjust to a new semester, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center is planning events to welcome new and returning students back to campus. Colette Seguin Beighley, LGBT resource center director, said the events are designed to, “draw people to the center and to welcome students.”

MIP Library hosts open access exhibit

What does it mean to open everything? People at Grand Valley State University can find out by visiting the Mary Idema Pew Library’s "Open Everything" exhibit, which is displayed in the exhibition space through Sept. 11.

Grand Village opens new houses this fall

Five sororities and one fraternity at Grand Valley State University will move in to the $7.5 million Grand Village, located at 5050 Pierce St. near the Copper Beech Townhomes in Allendale.

Struggle for marriage equality continues

A Michigan constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage since 2004 was overturned last month, allowing about 300 couples to legally marry based on equal protection under the law.

Politics: polite and productive?

The Affordable Care Act has sparked controversy and debate throughout the nation over health care issues. At Grand Valley State University, the College Republicans and College Democrats will host the first Civil Discourse Night to discuss these concerns from both sides.

Indigenous culture fights language war

Anthropology professor Michael Wroblewski spoke about his fieldwork in Ecuador to a room full of students at Grand Valley State University on Tuesday.

Spreading the word on immigration reform

The first question Jose Jimenez asked students at Grand Valley State University on Thursday was, “What do you know about immigration reform?” He was met with silence.

Pride Awards honor LGBT community

Allies and members of the LGBT community gathered in the Kirkhof Center at Grand Valley State University on Tuesday for the second annual Pride Awards to celebrate and honor people who have positively impacted the LGBT community.

Fight for civil rights continues

In Chicago there is an ongoing battle between housing officials and the Puerto Rican and Latino communities. José “Cha-Cha” Jiménez joined the fight when he started the Young Lords Movement to challenge the government on issues of civil rights, racism and social justice.

Arab journalist discusses fight for democracy

Ali Younes, a 20-year veteran news editor, journalist and expert on the Middle East, spoke at Grand Valley State University on Tuesday about the importance of the Arab Spring and democracy in the Middle East.

Final details for campus Teach-In released today

Grand Valley State University released today its list of sessions for the Teach-In, which will be held March 26 to address issues that have arisen since the racial bias incident on Feb. 17.

Blind student helps others with disabilities study abroad

Studying abroad is often encouraged at universities, but not to all students. Oftentimes, students with disabilities have a harder time organizing a trip abroad than their peers do. Juanita Lillie, a senior at Grand Valley State University who is legally blind, is working to change that.

Student Senate will continue to fund research projects

Student research will continue to be a priority for the Student Senate at Grand Valley State University. On Feb. 27, as part of the annual budget appraisal, the senate voted to continue giving financial backing to the Academic Conference Fund during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Celebrating Black History Month through sculpture

Many students learn about black history through high school textbooks. Sculptor and designer Lena Newton learns by creating dolls.

Conference highlights math in everyday life

Students and community members gathered Saturday at Grand Valley State University to attend presentations during the annual Math in Action Conference.

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