Grand Valley State University Student Senate

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03/30/2020

Grand Valley State University Student Senate's cover photo

https://www.gvsu.edu/provost/changing-a-course-to-creditno-credit-crnc-183.htmWe are thankful that the University acted ...
03/30/2020

https://www.gvsu.edu/provost/changing-a-course-to-creditno-credit-crnc-183.htm

We are thankful that the University acted swiftly to provide relief to many students struggling with this decision.

Per our recommendation, you now have the opportunity to pursue "credit/no credit” options AFTER you have viewed your grade (MAY 1-15).

And if you have already sought this route, you are able to swap back to a letter grade if you choose (MAY 1-15).

A Letter to the Editor from our President, Eric-John Szczepaniak:
03/17/2020
We must do better: An open letter about COVID-19

A Letter to the Editor from our President, Eric-John Szczepaniak:

Students are frustrated with the lack of communication regarding COVID-19. Students have not received a list of resources to support them, such as the U-Haul free 30 days of storage and changes to Charter and Comcast services that provide 60 days of free wifi to homes with college and K-12 students....

We know it’s been a crazy week. The best thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones is to stay informed! Use thes...
03/13/2020

We know it’s been a crazy week. The best thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones is to stay informed! Use these links to get the most up to date information. Stay safe and healthy Lakers!💙

Yesterday, the Grand Valley State University Student Senate submitted the following memo to University leadership. We lo...
03/12/2020

Yesterday, the Grand Valley State University Student Senate submitted the following memo to University leadership.

We look forward to working with the University to find solutions to the many student concerns that have been raised pertaining to COVID-19.

Do not hesitate to reach out with any issues you may be experiencing. If we don't know how to help, we'll do our best to find someone who does.

Grand Valley State University
03/12/2020

Grand Valley State University

GVSU COVID-19 Update: Grand Valley classes are canceled March 12-15. GVSU will then convert to remote teaching beginning March 16, at least through March 29.

More details: gvsu.edu/coronavirus.

It’s not to late to register to vote in tomorrow’s election. You can register in person on election day until 8pm. Here’...
03/09/2020

It’s not to late to register to vote in tomorrow’s election. You can register in person on election day until 8pm. Here’s the information you need!

03/07/2020
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🚨YOU CAN VOTE TODAY! 🚨
MI law requires local clerks to be open for at least 8 hours on the weekend prior to election day (TUES, MARCH 10). If you visit mi.gov/vote you can make sure you're registered and find the times that your clerk is open today.

If you’re not registered, and/or if you want to vote today, visit your clerk's office, sign up, get an absentee ballot & return it right then and there!

You can also spoil your ballot and get a new one today if you already voted for a candidate that dropped out.

Last myth of the week! If you’ve tried counseling before and it didn’t go ideal don’t hold a grudge against it! It may b...
02/21/2020

Last myth of the week! If you’ve tried counseling before and it didn’t go ideal don’t hold a grudge against it! It may be extremely beneficial to you to meet a new counselor. Maybe this is the sign you needed to try again! Go visit the University Counseling Center in STU 206 or give them a call at 616-331-3266 and they can help you find the right fit!

Between classes, homework, work, getting enough sleep, and everything in between, our schedules are crazy and stressful....
02/20/2020

Between classes, homework, work, getting enough sleep, and everything in between, our schedules are crazy and stressful. Who can even fit in time for an appointment, and who would want to go in their hypothetical free time?! However, overworking yourself may do more damage than good…take a little time out of your schedule to come see us, it may help you be more productive, relieved, and perhaps less stressed!

Myth #3! As always, contact the University Counseling Center with any questions or concerns!
02/19/2020

Myth #3! As always, contact the University Counseling Center with any questions or concerns!

Day 2 Myth from the University Counseling Center!
02/18/2020

Day 2 Myth from the University Counseling Center!

02/17/2020

Hey fellow Lakers! We are very excited to be partnering with the University Counseling Center for their Myths Week! Myths Week is a 5 day campaign, each day consisting of a myth about counseling and a fact to bust it. Please join us this week in promoting these myths and helping us get the facts straight. For further questions, concerns, or any help regarding the Counseling Center, please reach out at 616-331-3266 or visit them in 206 Student Services!

Come register to vote in the Kirkhof Lobby from 4pm-6pm Monday and Wednesday!
02/10/2020

Come register to vote in the Kirkhof Lobby from 4pm-6pm Monday and Wednesday!

GVSU Gayle R. Davis Center for Women & Gender Equity
02/04/2020

GVSU Gayle R. Davis Center for Women & Gender Equity

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Grand Valley State University Student Senate is hosting a ton of programs next week in collaboration with the Center for Women and Gender Equity, GVSU Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center, and GVSU Recreation & Wellness. Make sure to check out one (or more) of the programs next week!

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Valentine's Week

Sunday, Feb. 9th
Pal-entine's Brunch & Canvas Painting - Holton Hooker Multipurpose Room - 10am-12pm

Monday, Feb. 10th
Mile High Consent Club: Talking about Consent & Safe Sex Like an Airline - LIP Library Multipurpose Room - 3-4pm
A is for Asexual: Valentine's Day Through Another Lens - Niemeyer Multipurpose Room - 6-8pm

Tuesday, Feb. 11th
Love Languages Workshop - MIP Library Multipurpose Room - 2-3pm
Racialized Sexual Violence: Black Women and the Start of the Civil Rights Movement - Kirkhof 2204 - 4pm

Wednesday, Feb. 12th
Wellness Fair - Devos C - 11am-2pm
Building Healthy Relationships - KC 2266 - 5-6pm

Thursday, Feb. 13th
Gaslighting Workshop by ReACT! - Area 51 - 6:30-8pm

Request an Absentee Ballot in Kirkhof Center Lobby from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Monday and Wednesday!
02/03/2020

Request an Absentee Ballot in Kirkhof Center Lobby from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Monday and Wednesday!

Do you know a GVSU Student you think would be a great Student Senator? Fill out this form so we can reach out to them! T...
02/03/2020
Nominate an Individual for Student Senate - Student Senate - Grand Valley State University

Do you know a GVSU Student you think would be a great Student Senator? Fill out this form so we can reach out to them! This form is also found on the front page of our website. https://www.gvsu.edu/studentsenate/cms-form-edit.htm?formId=B428D1CA-9F4C-3DF1-AD37FE8A5953BCA2

Grand Valley State University�s Student Senate works to ensure that the student�s voice is continually heard by the University.

The 2020 Winter Energy Competition is February 1st-29th! The building or community with the lowest energy use for the mo...
02/03/2020
Housing and Residence Life - Grand Valley State University

The 2020 Winter Energy Competition is February 1st-29th! The building or community with the lowest energy use for the month of February based on a 3 year average will win a prize for that building! Visit gvsu.edu/housing to check out some of their energy saving tips! Which community do you think will be the one to win?

Grand Valley State University is more than just a place to learn. It’s a place to find connections, opportunities, experience, and yourself. There’s no better way to do it all than by living on campus.

What do you know about Recyclemania? Recyclemania is an annual competition for universities and colleges across the stat...
02/03/2020

What do you know about Recyclemania? Recyclemania is an annual competition for universities and colleges across the state and nation to reduce the overall amount of waste they produce! Be mindful of what you throw away and try to recycle as much as you can in conjunction with the Winter Energy Competition! You can do it Lakers!

Want to get more involved on campus? Want to make a positive impact on GV? good news, we are currently taking applicatio...
01/28/2020
GVSU Student Senate Application

Want to get more involved on campus? Want to make a positive impact on GV? good news, we are currently taking applications! Use the link and apply now!

As the official student government of Grand Valley, Grand Valley State University's Student Senate works to ensure that the voice of the students is continually heard by the University. Working as the liaison between the student body and the university departments, Senate is comprised of 50 students...

Want to hear all about what Student Senate has accomplished this year for YOU? We invite you to attend our State of the ...
01/06/2020

Want to hear all about what Student Senate has accomplished this year for YOU? We invite you to attend our State of the Student Body Address which is NOW LIB 100 approved!! Read the attached graphic for more information or visit http://gvsu.edu/studentsenate/sosb to RSVP for the event.

12/05/2019
www.gvsu.edu

Winter Break Food Preorder

If you'll be on campus during winter break, be aware that there are several days when the university is closed and that includes Campus Dining. Be sure to plan ahead. You can use your Meal Plan Dining Dollars to stock up in advance (cash, credit and debit are also accepted.)

Preordering food items is easy. Download, print and fill out the attached preorder form. Take it to the Lobby Shop in Kirkhof by Monday, December 9 at 4pm. Take your student ID along and pay for the order at that time. On Friday, December 20, show up with your ID at the Lobby Shop and pick up your items. You can access the preorder form at the link below.

Link :https://www.gvsu.edu/cms4/asset/4D14C1BE-9B6B-C932-A4A5DBAFD6C314F9/preorder20food.pdf

The DNR has halted plans to dredge the Grand River! GVSU Student Senate is proud to have worked to put an end to this da...
11/26/2019
DNR rejects proposal to dredge Grand River

The DNR has halted plans to dredge the Grand River! GVSU Student Senate is proud to have worked to put an end to this dangerous project proposal.

The DNR says a proposal to dredge miles of the Grand River to make it accessible to power boats is a no-go.

11/21/2019
GVSU Student Life

GVSU Student Life

A new president and a new chapter at GVSU. This is Philly’s story.

Pursuant to Student Senate Constitution Section II.03(a), the Pledge of Allegiance has been reinstated. We thank all the...
11/19/2019

Pursuant to Student Senate Constitution Section II.03(a), the Pledge of Allegiance has been reinstated. We thank all the students and community members that have reached out to share constructive dialogue.

11/17/2019
GVSU Student Life
11/15/2019

GVSU Student Life

👩🏻 Philly is the new sensation
⚓️ All across the Laker Nation
🎉 It's a cause for celebration
💙 What a great Inauguration!
Welcome to the Laker Family, Philly. This is the start of Chapter V!
Photos by Bobby Nielsen / Promotions Office.

Make sure to make time for this Historical Event! We could not be more honored or excited to be apart of it!
11/13/2019
Investiture for President Mantella set for November 15

Make sure to make time for this Historical Event! We could not be more honored or excited to be apart of it!

During inauguration week, President Mantella will engage with students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Save the date: Michigan has elections next year onMarch 10 (Presidential Primary)May 5 (optional, school/local bond issu...
11/13/2019
Student Senate GVSU Votes v1.mp4

Save the date: Michigan has elections next year on
March 10 (Presidential Primary)
May 5 (optional, school/local bond issues)
August 4 (State Primary)
November 3 (General / Presidential Election)

GVSU Votes! GVSU Community Service Learning Center

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Today is election day! It is your civic duty to go out and vote. Make a plan and go out. The polls are open all day!
11/05/2019

Today is election day! It is your civic duty to go out and vote. Make a plan and go out. The polls are open all day!

Big decision looms for GV with Grand River Waterway Project Proposal
11/04/2019
Big decision looms for GV with Grand River Waterway Project Proposal

Big decision looms for GV with Grand River Waterway Project Proposal

On Nov. 8, Grand Valley State University officials will face a big decision: to either support or oppose the Grand River Waterway Project. The project was proposed by West Michigan developer Dan Hibma nearly a decade ago. The project entails dredging a 22.5-mile long channel of the lower Grand River...

Make sure to nominate yourself or someone you know for this empowering training experience! Search “Elect Her” on LakerL...
11/04/2019

Make sure to nominate yourself or someone you know for this empowering training experience! Search “Elect Her” on LakerLink!

GVSU president charts course for future with ‘Reach Higher Together’ plan
11/02/2019
GVSU president charts course for future with ‘Reach Higher Together’ plan

GVSU president charts course for future with ‘Reach Higher Together’ plan

Grand Valley State University President Philomena Mantella outlined an engagement strategy designed to set the course for the future of the university during the GVSU Board of Trustees meeting Friday, Nov. 1. The board signed off on a $5.5 million Simulation Center expansion and remodel prior to the...

Two GVSU Presidents and many GVSU alumni have been recognized as Grand Rapids Business Journal's 200 Most Powerful Busin...
10/30/2019

Two GVSU Presidents and many GVSU alumni have been recognized as Grand Rapids Business Journal's 200 Most Powerful Business Leaders.

Students! Your voice informs our work. Check out this brief survey and give your feedback!
10/29/2019
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The Lanthorn Editorial Team and Student Senate agree: the Grand River Waterway Project is a dangerous proposal that need...
10/28/2019
Save the river, ravines and rowing

The Lanthorn Editorial Team and Student Senate agree: the Grand River Waterway Project is a dangerous proposal that needs to be stopped.

This week, the Student Senate passed a motion asking the university to oppose the Grand River Waterway Project. This plan would use state funding to channelize 22.5 miles of the Grand River, and proponents of the project say the increase in boat access would foster an increase in tourism. However, m...

Letter to the Editor: It is time for the Board of Trustees to truly open their doors
10/28/2019
Letter to the Editor: It is time for the Board of Trustees to truly open their doors

Letter to the Editor: It is time for the Board of Trustees to truly open their doors

It is time for the Board to follow the Open Meetings Act of 1976. There are 10,000 public bodies in the State of Michigan. All of them abide by the same rules except for 13. Those 13 are the boards of the public higher education institutions in this state. The main point at hand is...

We're proud to stand with environmentalists, students, and community leaders of all stripes in opposing this dangerous p...
10/27/2019

We're proud to stand with environmentalists, students, and community leaders of all stripes in opposing this dangerous project. From here, we will work with faculty and staff partners to make this an official position of the University.

The GVSU Student Senate passed a resolution to oppose the Grand River Waterway Dredging Project:

Recognizing, Grand Valley State University and Grand Valley Student Senate’s efforts in preserving our local environment and furthering our goal of being a sustainable community; and

Recognizing, the proposed channelization of 22.5 miles of the Grand River, spanning from Fulton Street in Grand Rapids and Bass River State Recreation Area near Eastmanville, will directly affect the Ravines ecological area, GVSU students, infrastructure, and surrounding community;¹ and

Recognizing, the immense risk of substantially increased erosion of the Ravines, reduced water quality in the Grand River and Lake Michigan, the threat of the destruction of fish populations residing in the Grand River and that these environmental effects outweigh the economic gains from increased tourism, which only a limited number of people will see the benefits from;and

Recognizing, that in 1978 a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study investigated similar projects and found that channel dredging would be detrimental to fish spawning habitat and Michigan DNR’s Wildlife Action Plan and Grand River Assessment note that dredging for river channelization poses a major threat to sensitive species and river fisheries; and

Recognizing, precedence of formal opposition to the Grand River Waterway Project by Ottawa County, environmental groups, and other West Michigan municipalities such as the townships of Crockery, Park, Spring Lake, Grand Haven, Robinson, and Polkton and the cities of Grandville, Ferrysburg and Grand Haven, and the Village of Spring Lake are firmly opposed to dredging the Grand River; and

Whereas, the Student Senate of Grand Valley State University condemns the Grand River Waterway Project; and

Whereas, these environmental impacts will be detrimental to students’ learning environment and available curriculum due to loss of species and ecosystem available for study in the Grand River; and

Whereas, the GVSU Rowing Club will have to compete with larger watercraft that can capsize their shells with swells of only six inches; and

Whereas, the significant negative environmental impact that the Grand River Waterway Project poses to the greater West Michigan and to the Lake Michigan ecosystem;

Therefore, Let It Be Resolved, that the Grand Valley State University Student Senate, acting on behalf of the student body, opposes the Grand River Waterway Project and requests that other University actors join the Student Senate in opposition.

Furthermore, Let It Be Resolved, that the Grand Valley State University Student Senate hereby requests that Grand River municipalities take up this matter and that a copy of this resolution be sent to the charter townships of Tallmadge, Allendale, and Georgetown and the cities of Walker and Grand Rapids.

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Calling all GVSU Student Senators! The 2020 Latino Youth Conference NEEDS YOU! Here's a great opportunity for you to GIVE BACK, PRACTICE YOUR PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS and do some great NETWORKING in the COMMUNITY! Please consider submitting a proposal to present or facilitate a workshop for the 2020 Latino Youth Conference, to be held on March 3, 2020 at GRCC. This year's theme is "Unidos Avancamos" / United, We Advance. We are seeking proposals in 5 topic areas: Education, Entrepreneurship, Career, Civic Engagement and Culture. The conference is open to ALL 8th grade students in Kent County. Priority is given to proposals submitted by Friday 12/20. Deadline is 1/17. Not sure what to present on? LMK and we can brainstorm! [email protected] SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TODAY!
In Regard to the students at Grand Valley State University, to remove the Pledge of Allegiance from their meeting agendas, I wish to add my two cents. As an American and one of the many Veterans who have defended, and those who have died defending this great Nation I believe that those who wish to pledge allegiance to our flag should not be differed from doing so. To honor our flag and the privileges it affords our citizens, before entering into discussions that may make a difference in other lives is a form of respect. It’s a form of respect to all those who have served our country in order to protect the rights of those who assemble and speak their minds. I can understand why, students, from other countries, visiting in the US to attend college, would not want to pledge their allegiance to our country or any other country, other than their own. No citizen of any other country has the right to ask or take away the rights or privileges afforded to us by our constitution. Nor should any group of people, short of the Congress of the United States, be able to do so either. I believe those who are citizens, of other countries, that are permitted to attend schools, businesses, or other institutions of education should be thankful and respectful of the privileges represented by our flag our country and its Pledge. My solution; those who wish to show respect to our flag and Nation, should be allowed to stand, place their hand over their heart, or as I do, as a veteran, stand at attention and solute, and recite: I pledge allegiance to the Flag of The United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and justice for all. All others, who have respect, should stand, or not. It is a free country, after all
Check out this remarkable tradition this upcoming Tuesday!
In one week many of you will be voting in the upcoming local election. I encourage you to visit my page to learn more about me as a candidate for Allendale Public School Board. As a Grand Valley graduate and local resident I look forward to serving the Allendale community. Kim Cannata for Allendale Public School Board
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Hi Student Senate! I saw this article and want to say (first) keep up the great work!! Miss y'all! Second, please notice that GVSU has not yet filled the vacancy I left as Victim Advocate in over four months. I love the idea of 24-hour services that Sen. Jenkin mentions in this Lanthorn Article and urge you to advocate that getting a new Victim Advocate hired is a good step in services that are so so needed (and GVSU has budget approval for). http://www.lanthorn.com/article/2017/12/news-student-senate-hunger-on-campus #SpeakUp #ItsOnUs
GVSU Student Senate! Join us for an upcoming "Shifting the Discourse" conversation! These sessions will provide a space for people to listen to each other, express themselves and build connections. We will explore HOW we talk to each other about difficult public issues, in an attempt to move beyond simplistic explanations for complex problems.
GVSU Student Senate, please consider rallying behind this effort to provide relief to our neighbors and fellow Americans in Puerto Rico!
GVSU Student Senate! Come and get Civicized! Learn how to make change in our city, region and state! Wed. 9/27 from 6-9pm. KC 1142. Free pizza! Registration required.
Looking for something fun to do next weekend? Come to the Allendale Fall Festival!
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