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Stephanie Brzezinski


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Not enough beds

Grand Valley State University has a total of 6,000 beds on campus for incoming freshmen and returning upper-class students, but many students have seen shortages since the selection process for fall 2015 opened on Oct. 20.

Abrahamic faiths to break bread together

The Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University and the Niagara Foundation will sponsor the fourth annual Abrahamic Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 30 as a way to foster interfaith understanding. Katie Gordon, the program manager at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute, said Christianity, Judaism and Islam share Abraham as an ancestor.

What's Your Problem response:

All college students have heard of the infamous Freshman 15. But how easy is it for Grand Valley State University students to exercise on campus?

Faith exploration

Grand Valley State University's Interfaith Advisory Council is sponsoring the first annual Spiritual Life Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Grand River Room of the Kirkhof Center on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The event will feature 15 on-campus religious organizations. Todd Cox, student organization development coordinator at the Office of Student Life, is the primary adviser who worked with the student organizations Better Together and Hillel to organize the fair. Cox said the event is similar to Campus Life Night where different groups have tables set up to provide students with information.

Updates to Clery Act report offers new definitions, more resources

The Clery Act is a 1992 federal law that requires colleges and universities to publish reported crimes. At Grand Valley State University, the police department is one of the groups responsible for updating the annual security and fire safety report.

The Rapid seeks student input

More than 11,000 riders currently use the existing Route 50 during Grand Valley State University’s academic year, making it The Rapid's busiest route. A public meeting will be held on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DeVos Center University Club to address the proposed Laker Line. Jeromie Winsor, a senior transportation planner with the URS Corp., is part of the Laker Line project team. 

Bridging the gap

Marcos Davis, the deputy director for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, gave a Skype presentation called “Creating Initiatives for Latino Students to Succeed in Education” in the Mary Idema Pew Library on Tuesday.

Last Lecture nominations now open

Computer science professor Randy Pausch had just found out his pancreatic cancer was terminal when he gave a lecture called “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” to his students at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania in 2007.

Engaging in important conversations

The Grand Valley State University Women’s Commission is hosting a new event called “Conscious Conversations – Race & Gender in Orange is the New Black” at noon today in Room 1104 in the Kirkhof Center. The event is open to all students, faculty and staff, and participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.

GV marketing program to host career night

The Grand Valley State University marketing department and the GVSU American Marketing Association are co-sponsoring a marketing career night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the L. William Seidman Center’s Loosemoore Forum on Oct. 6.

Former CEO visits GV

Norman Augustine, former CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation, spoke on leading change to a crowd of students and others at the L. William Seidman Center on Grand Valley State University's Pew Campus on Tuesday.

Increasing immigration

Grand Valley State University senior Michelle Alderink will give a presentation called “A Lost Innocence: The Forgotten Children of Central America” at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in Room 2263 in the Kirkhof Center.

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.

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