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Stephanie Brzezinski


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Accomplishments and aspirations

The Grand Valley State University Student Senate has wrapped up another busy semester. Senators are now taking time to reflect on what has been accomplished this fall and are already looking ahead to what they hope to accomplish in the winter.

More changes ahead for campus dining

Many changes are in the works for Grand Valley State University’s campus dining. Students will continue to have more food options as campus dining expands and renovates its buildings on the Allendale Campus.

WGS major to become a department

Fifty students at Grand Valley State University were enrolled as women and gender studies majors at the start of the fall semester, an increase from the original 18 students when the major was created five years ago. Next semester, the program will become an official department at GVSU.

Last Lecture focuses on hope, storytelling

According to Aristotle, the function of tragedy is to evoke both pity and fear. Grand Valley State University classics professor Charles Pazdernik addressed the tragedy of his summer bike accident before a crowd of students and community members in the Mary Idema Pew Library Multipurpose Room on Nov. 20.

GV observes Transgender Day of Remembrance

Hollywood film director Lana Wachowski is best known for films such as 1999’s “The Matrix” and 2005’s “V for Vendetta,” which both earned between $25 and $27 million during their opening weekends in the United States.

GV sisters create literacy nonprofit

Doctor Seuss once said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

Believing in this idea that knowledge is power, Grand Valley State University sisters Elizabeth and Rebecca Williams started Books IV Bonding, a nonprofit organization focused on the literacy of high school students abroad and in the U.S.

Students respond to federal court decision

A Michigan constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage since 2004 was overturned in March, allowing about 300 couples to marry legally based on equal protection under the law. The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned this ruling on Nov. 6, upholding Michigan's gay marriage ban.

GV creates inclusive statement for transgender athletes

Grand Valley State University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on gender and gender identity for students involved with varsity sports, but the current language does not specifically address transgender students in club and intramural sports. However, the Office of Student Life is working with Campus Recreation, the Division of Inclusion and Equity department, the LGBT Center and Student Senate to create an inclusive statement.

GV alumna murdered in Florida

Shelby Fazio, a 2013 graduate of Grand Valley State University, died from a fatal stabbing on Tuesday, Oct. 28. According to MLive, Fazio’s roommate stabbed her in the neck and attacked another roommate, who escaped and called the police to the West Orange County home they shared in Orlando, Fla.

Student Senate to hold campus forum

Sexual assault, violence, free speech and the bias incident protocol are currently hot-button issues at Grand Valley State University. The Student Senate is hosting a Campus Forum at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6 to discuss these topics.

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.

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