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Top 5 Ways to Celebrate World Mental Health Day

Monitoring your mental health can be a challenge for hard-working college students. We encourage you to celebrate World Mental Health Day, coming up on October 10! Take the day to complete these self-care steps for ultimate mental clarity.

Treat Yourself

October 10, 2022

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Spend a Summer Day Happy in Holland

Summer is finally here, and if you're planning on staying in the area, celebrate the warm weather with a fun-filled weekend in Holland! Soak up the sun on the sandy shores, hit the town for a delicious lunch, or attend a concert in the park— with so many options, it's bound to be a great day. Not sure where to start? We've got you covered!

Let's go to the beach-each!

April 21, 2022

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Have a GRAND time: Enjoy ExtravaGRANDza!

Treat yo' self! ExtravaGRANDza will soon be here to celebrate the end of the semester, and your hard work has not gone unnoticed! De-stress with a week of food trucks, activities, crafts, and more from April 18–22.

ExtravaGRANDza events!

April 14, 2022

AAPI Spotlight: The Vietnamese Cultural Association

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Spotlight Series: Vietnamese Cultural Association

April is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we are celebrating with a series of articles highlighting different AAPI Organizations on campus and the diversity within them. For our final week, we are shining a spotlight on Jennifer Dao, a Vietnamese Cultural Association member who's made many friendships and memories throughout her involvement.

Learn more about the Vietnamese Cultural Association

April 14, 2022

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Crust Us, These are the Best Pizza Places Around!

The Grand Rapids area is overflowing with great pizza places, but which ones truly have a pizza our hearts? Whether it's because of the perfectly crispy crust, the gooiest cheese, or the most unique combination of toppings, there's some pizzerias that just can’t be beat. What’s Grand Valley's favorite pizza place?

Which slice tops our list?

April 7, 2022

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Spotlight Series: Filipino-American Student Association

The Filipino-American Student Association promotes and educates students about Filipino culture and gives all students room to learn and grow. Two members, Kelsey Marquez and Keane Ludovico, have worked with other students to create a stronger network of Filipino students at Grand Valley. Their work has connected them to their heritage and exposed them to a wider community in West Michigan.

What is the Filipino-American Student Association?

April 7, 2022

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Become a Premium Laker Today: Introducing GV+

Since 1960, Grand Valley has been proudly serving thousands of students who have chosen GVSU above all other campuses. Today, we are proud to announce that Grand Valley is spearheading an innovative new program among colleges everywhere that will allow certain students to live a life of luxury here on campus: meet GV+.

Subscribe to GV+!

April 1, 2022

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Spotlight Series: Asian Student Union

April is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we are celebrating with a series of articles that highlight the different AAPI Organizations on campus and the diversity within them. This week we shine a spotlight on two members involved with the Asian Student Union.

Shine a spotlight on the Asian Student

April 1, 202

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How to be a Star at GVSU: Performing Arts Organizations on Campus

Feeling expressive? Interested in the stage or spotlight? To celebrate World Theater Day on March 27, we are highlighting some student organizations at Grand Valley that are based around the performing arts. From improv to dance to a cappella to instrumental music, there are plenty of opportunities to perform your heart out on campus!

Put your "art" into a performing arts organization!

March 22, 2022

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Laker Tips & Tricks: Scheduling Your Classes

Scheduling classes can be a challenge: which classes should you take and when, how early in the morning do you want to get up, and how do you know if you have a class downtown? Luckily, there are many ways to work out your schedule and plan which classes you should take next year. Not convinced? Here’s how you can make the scheduling process easier and ensure that you get the class schedule of your dreams.

Scheduling tips and tricks

March 22, 2022

Yung Gravy Spring Concert

Introducing the 2022 Spring Concert Headliner: Yung Gravy!

The GVSU Spring Concert is back, and this year’s concert will be headlined by the one and only YUNG GRAVY! In order to ensure that you’re ready for Yung Gravy’s arrival in Allendale, check out these important facts about the rapper and Tik Tok sensation himself.

Good Gravy! Who's Yung Gravy?

March 16, 2022

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Celebrate Women's History Month

This Women’s History Month, we are shining a spotlight on some of the GVSU organizations and programs that strive for gender equity. Keep reading to learn more about the important Grand Valley resources available for women in the Laker community.

Happy Women's History Month!

March 2, 2022

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Why You Should Nominate a Laker for “I am Grand Valley”

I am Grand Valley is one of the most important awards a student can receive at GVSU. It’s a celebration of hard work, involvement, and leadership; it recognizes the impact our Laker leaders have on the GV community. Hear from previous I am Grand Valley recipient Alexis Sova and learn why it’s so important to recognize our student leaders.

Why is I am Grand Valley so important?

February 23, 2022

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Stay Caffeinated with Grand Valley’s Favorite Coffee Shops

Feeling bitter? You’re in luck! We asked you on social media about your favorite places to grab a brew-tiful cup of coffee, and the results are in. We cannot “espresso” how excited we are to share Grand Valley’s top four favorite coffee shops!

Find your new coffee shop study spot

February 23, 2022

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Shining a Light on the Office of Multicultural Affairs

Grand Valley’s Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) offers many programs and services to engage, educate, and empower students. The OMA serves as a place of solace for students of color to find a sense of community here at GV. With plenty of ways to get involved, including Laker Connections and Conversations of Color, the Office of Multicultural Affairs serves as a resource for social, academic, and cultural success here at Grand Valley.

Find out more about the OMA

February 16, 2022

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Happy Pal-entine's Day: Top 5 Ways to Spend Valentine's Day with your Pals

Single as a sock in a living center dryer this Valentine's Day? No worries! Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate love. Celebrate Valentine's Day with your friends, roommates, or that one person you've had a crush on since fall semester. No matter who you choose to celebrate February 14 with, here are the top 5 ways to make the most of the holiday.

Share Your Love

February 9, 2022

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Say Howdy to Sibs and Kids Weekend

Yeehaw!  Round up your siblings, kids, nieces, nephews, and family friends; our Wild West-themed Sibs and Kids Weekend is just around the corner! Join us for a pancake breakfast, comedy magic show, carnival, and so much more. Bring your sisters, brothers, or other buckaroos on February 11-13 for a fun-filled weekend. Here are some of the most rootin'-tootin' upcoming activities.

Rustle up some fun at Sibs & Kids Weekend

February 3, 2022

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Breaking Barriers: Black History in Michigan

February is Black History Month, a great opportunity to reflect on the countless innovations and contributions Black people have made throughout history. As Grand Valley students, it’s important to be aware of the history that has helped shape our surroundings. This month, take a look at some Michigan-made Black history figures who have made a mark in the past and continue to inspire people today.

Explore Black History

February 3, 2022

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6 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Michigan winters can be long and dark, and the weather may make us isolated, irritable, and down. When the days are short and the pandemic rolls on, feeling blue is common, but you are not alone. Here are six ways to beat the seasonal Laker’s blues.

Beat the Blues

January 28, 2022

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Introducing the Winter Student Organization Showcase: A Match Made in Student Life Heaven

This winter, discovering student orgs will be easier than ever! From January 24-27, hundreds of student organizations will be waiting for you in the Kirkhof Center lobby. Stop by the table of a familiar organization that strikes your fancy, or step outside your comfort zone and learn about something new. Oh, and did we mention there will be free stuff?

Introducing the Winter Student Organization Showcase

January 20, 2022

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Wintertime Fun at Winterfest

Escape from these chilly times by having a blast at Winterfest! From January 28-29, enjoy free chocolate, food trucks, comedy, and more at the Kirkhof Center. There’s snow way you’ll want to miss out on these activities!

Discover Winterfest events

January 20, 2022

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Watching for Burnout and How to Recover From It

With exams fast approaching after a long semester, you might be suffering from burnout. Burnout is a combination of feeling stressed, depressed, and overwhelmed, and it can be hard to shake. However, winter break is just around the corner, which can be one of the best times of the year to chill out and recharge. If this semester has you feeling stressed out beyond a healthy amount, keep reading for tips on recognizing and recovering from burnout.

Read more about how to recover from burnout

December 6, 2021

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Top 4 Study Spots on Campus

Exams are quickly approaching, which means it’s time to find a place where you can feel comfortable and focused to finish the semester strong. We asked you to vote on Instagram for your favorite places to study on campus. If you’re still searching for that perfect place, look no further than this list of the top four study spots at Grand Valley.

See the results!

November 29, 2021

Louie Thanksgiving

A Louie The Laker Thanksgiving: Louie’s Family Traditions, Recipes, and Advice

Tired of a traditional American Thanksgiving? Louie the Laker is, so he is preparing a Laker-themed Thanksgiving feast this year. Setting the table with Kool-Aid, perch, Laker Bowls, and more, this Thanksgiving is bound to be his best one yet. Keep reading to learn more about Louie’s Thanksgiving plans and maybe even get some ideas for your own Thanksgiving festivities this year.

How does Louie celebrate Thanksgiving?

November 22, 2021

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Laker Tips & Tricks: A Guide to Academic Resources

It’s no secret that college is tough. Long hours spent studying and countless nights working on projects and essays can be difficult to manage on your own. Thankfully, Grand Valley has plenty of great academic resources at your disposal for whenever you need some extra help. Whether you want a semester-long tutor to help with your hardest class, or just need help with rehearsing an upcoming presentation, these academic resources can help you accomplish anything!

Learn about your academic resources

November 22, 2021

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SLWeeklyRatesDogs: Paw-some Dogs at GVSU

There are so many cute dogs owned by members of our Grand Valley community, and each one seems to be great at showing off their Laker pride. We wish we could pet them all, but we’ll have to make do with rating their greatness instead! Keep reading to see which dogs are featured in this edition of SLWeeklyRatesDogs!

Read on to see some Laker dogs!

November 16, 2021

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$taying $avvy: 8 Great Student Discounts for Lakers

Looking to save money as a college student? Tons of places in Allendale and beyond offer helpful student discounts. From John Ball Zoo to Stan’s Tacos to Spotify, there are plenty of ways you can save money by using your GVSU email address or student ID. To keep you and your wallet feeling your best, here are 8 great student discounts for Grand Valley students.

Read to learn ways to save as a student

November 16, 2021

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Happy Veterans Day: Your Guide to GV Resources for Veterans

Whether you served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marines, Grand Valley has resources for you through the Military and Veteran Resource Center. GVSU has been named one of the top 5 universities in Michigan for veterans, and GV also received the Best for Vets award in 2021. In honor of Veterans’ Day, here are the ways that Grand Valley recognizes and accommodates veterans through their college education.

Read more about the Military and Veteran Resource Center

November 8, 2021

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Top 4 Most Beautiful Spots on Campus

With its vibrant natural scenery and historic architecture, it’s no secret that Grand Valley is the best-looking campus around. But which place on campus is the MOST beautiful? We polled the students of Grand Valley over at @gvsustudentlife to find the prettiest spot on campus. Take a look at some of GVSU’s most iconic spots, as voted on by your fellow Lakers, and see if you agree!

See the results! 

November 8, 2021

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Take a Hike to these 4 Gorgeous Hiking Trails

Being out in nature, surrounded by the trees, grass, and animals can be a peaceful break from our often busy lives. The Grand Rapids and greater West Michigan area have some perfect areas for hiking and getting lost in the woods (in a good way, of course). If you consider yourself an experienced hiker, or you are just looking for somewhere to roam for a few hours, keep reading to find out about the best hiking trails in the area.

Discover beautiful fall hiking spots!

November 3, 2021

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The Curse of Mackinac Hall: A Laker Halloween Story

A story rarely told is finally being brought to light: the Curse of Mackinac Hall. Although this legend has been lost with time, a ghostly presence is still felt on campus every October. What exactly is the curse of Mackinac Hall? You’ll have to keep reading to find out...

Read the story of the curse of Mackinac Hall

October 27, 2021

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Lip Sync, Costumes, and Football: Everything You Need to Know About GVSU Homecoming 2021

Happy homecoming week, Lakers! From October 25-30, the Campus Activities Board is hosting tons of activities across campus so students can show their spirit and Anchor Up.  From lip-sync battles to costume contests to escape rooms, this week is filled with great ways to show your Laker pride, all concluding with the football game. Keep reading to discover how you can show your Laker pride during homecoming week!

Read more about events during Homecoming 2021

October 27, 2021

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Celebrate Upcoming Events with the LGBT Resource Center

Grand Valley provides plenty of opportunities for LGBTQ+ students to show their pride and find a supportive and equitable environment at the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center. With multiple weekly programs and annual events, the LGBT Resource Center provides a sense of community to all queer and trans students.

Learn more about the LGBT Resource Center

October 18, 2021

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Finding the Perfect Student Org: Meet with an Involvement Assistant!

Looking for ways to engage as a Laker this fall? Jillian Smith and Madelynn Lutenski, two of GVSU’s involvement assistants, offer wisdom on why it’s so important to get involved. Learn what an involvement assistant is and how you can start the search for an organization of your own.

Read more about Involvement Consultations

October 11, 2021

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Getting Connected with Laker Familia

Laker Familia is an organization dedicated to providing a community for Hispanic and Latino/a/e students while putting on different events, programs, and activities at Grand Valley. Through Laker Familia, students are able to learn more about their own and each other's cultures. With National Hispanic Heritage Month running from September 15 to October 15, what better way to close it out than by spotlighting Laker Familia?

Read more about Laker Familia

October 11, 2021

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How Lakers Create Change: Volunteer With Your Peers!

With Make a Difference Day coming up on October 16, it’s time to start thinking of all the ways you can become an involved citizen. By giving your time to help uplift a cause you care about, you’re assisting your community and making it a better place. Grand Valley recognizes the significance of volunteer work and offers lots of great opportunities for you to aid your community.

Learn ways you make a difference

October 5, 2021

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What to Do During a Fun-Filled Family Appreciation Weekend

Everyone gets homesick sometimes, and what better way to cure that homesickness than with a healthy dose of family and friends? Laker Family Appreciation Weekend from October 8-10 is the perfect way to have a fun weekend with the people you care about while also showing them all the great things that are happening around Grand Valley. Don’t miss these exclusive, fun-filled events for you and your family during Laker Family Appreciation Weekend!

Find events during Laker Appreciation Weekend

October 5, 2021

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Laker Tips & Tricks: How to Get a Job on Campus

If you’re looking to make the most of your time on campus, finding a job is a great way to earn some money while diving deeper into life at GVSU. These tips and tricks will point you in the right direction, allowing you to work in whatever environment is best for you. Learn how to take advantage of the tons of job-hunting resources that GVSU offers.

Read more about On-Campus jobs

September 16, 2021

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Get Active in Greek Life: Register Today!

Greek Life is an important part of many college campuses around the country, Grand Valley included. With registration still open for Fall 2021, you can apply to join one of 27 fraternities or sororities within the Panhellenic Association, National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Interfraternity Council, or the Multicultural Greek Council. Now is a perfect time to find out more about Greek life and how you or someone you know can go Greek.

Learn more about going Greek

September 16, 2021

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Laugh Out Loud with Leah Erben: A Student Life Story

In high school, Leah Erben sold tickets to her school’s improv shows, but she never had the confidence to go up on stage herself. Today, as the president of GVSU’s improv comedy team “Subject to Change”, Leah has not only found her confidence but has learned how to inspire it in others.
This is how Leah found herself through improv comedy and how you can use her story to discover your passion too.

Read more about Leah’s involvement story

April 22, 2021

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How Nick Moran Made Headlines: A Student Life Story

Nick Moran knew he wasn’t ready to give up journalism when he first came to Grand Valley. He worked hard and became the editor-in-chief of the Grand Valley Lanthorn; he found a way to pursue his love of media and passion for honest journalism by using his time at Grand Valley to keep the student body informed.
Here is Nick’s story.

Read more about Nick's involvement story

April 16, 2021

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Breaking News: The Cook Carillon Clock Tower is Being Torn Down

Due to the high volume of student and staff complaints over several decades, Grand Valley will be taking down the famous Cook Carillon Tower. It’s just way too loud. This will be a sad occasion for some, but many will rejoice because of the peace and quiet that will finally be coming to campus. Find out more about the final days of the clock tower while you either reminisce about your favorite memories or celebrate its departure.

When is the Clock Tower leaving Grand Valley?

April 1, 2021

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Happy Women’s History Month! Celebrate the Center for Women and Gender Equity

March is Women’s History Month, and in honor of the occasion, we are spotlighting the Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity. This center is dedicated to teaching about and advocating for gender justice, which is defined as “an ongoing process, rooted in intersectionality, to dismantle systems of oppression in all spheres”. Stay informed and engaged by learning more about the CWGE’s goals, purpose, and events.

Learn more about the Center for Women and Gender Equity

March 16, 2021


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A Laker’s Luckiest Day: A St. Patrick’s Day Tale

What if your St. Patrick’s Day was as lucky as the four-leaf clover that represents it? On St. Patrick’s Day at Grand Valley, anything is bound to happen! Join us as we weave a tale about free time, free food, and convenient public transportation.

Imagine your luckiest day...

March 8, 2021

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Work Like a Laker: Attend Virtual Career Conferences and Prepare for Your Future

The Grand Valley Career Center is excited to present the Work Like a Laker Conference, aimed at helping Lakers navigate the job market and prepare to start a career after graduating.
Keep reading to find out more about the conference, the Career Center, job opportunities, and more.

Prepare your Future!

March 8, 2021

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Make Student Voices Heard by Applying for VSAB

The Vice Provost Student Advisory Board, or VSAB, has been working since winter 2019 to connect the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (VPDoS) and Grand Valley students to foster collaborative decision making. Through various meetings, discussions, and brainstorming sessions, the VSAB has been able to tackle pressing issues that impact students. Learn more about VSAB’s impact on its current members and discover if VSAB is right for you.

What is VSAB

March 5, 2021

I am GV. Nominate a student leader! Office of Student Life.

What Makes an “I am GV” Recipient?

Each year, the I am GV campaign recognizes Lakers in our community who truly embody what it means to give back, get involved, and be dedicated to Grand Valley. Students honored and celebrated by I am GV have shown their leadership through their involvement in a student organization, academics, or on-campus employment.

Here’s what some past I am GV recipients have to say about leadership and what it means to be GV.

What Makes an “I am GV” Recipient?

February 21, 2021

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Laker Love Stories: How Love Blooms at GVSU

This Valentine’s Day, we are celebrating the Lakers who have found love here at GV. Relationships based on mutual trust and understanding can come from anywhere, and these just happened to bloom right here on campus.
The stories of these four couples will warm even the loneliest of hearts.

Fall in Love with these love stories

February 11, 2021

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Top 10 Worst Ways to Tell Your Crush You Like Them

The most romantic day of the year is approaching, and you are ready to confess the truth to your crush. But how? Instead of telling you what to do, it may be more helpful to tell you what NOT to do. Avoid everything on this list and you should be just fine...

DON'T USE These Tips

February 11, 2021

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Small Businesses to Support in Our Community

There are many small businesses in the Allendale and Grand Rapids area that could use your support right now. COVID-19 has made things difficult for small businesses everywhere, so if you’re able, order takeout from a family-owned restaurant or buy some books from a locally owned shop!

Find out more about some of the wonderful small businesses in our community.

Support these small businesses

January 28, 2021

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Join a Student Organization: Finding your Community and Staying Connected During Unprecedented Times

In a time when we are all isolated, many GVSU student organizations are working hard to provide us with a safe way to connect.

Fellow GVSU students Maddie Schultz, Emily McKenzie, and Hannah Kelly explain why they love devoting their time to their organizations and why it’s especially rewarding right now to stay involved.

Explore the Impact of Student Orgs

January 28, 2021

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Happy Holidays: Celebrating All Religions and Cultures Within the Grand Valley Community

At GV, we have lots of students from different backgrounds, religions, and cultures. Now that it’s December, we’re seeing a lot of Christmas advertisements, Christmas music, and Christmas traditions everywhere we look. This is wonderful for those who celebrate, but it’s also important to acknowledge other religions and cultures that might feel forgotten this time of year. Hanukkah is just one example of the many different holidays celebrated during December.

Learn More About Celebrating Hanukkah

December 8, 2020

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Holiday Magic with Louie the Laker: a Love Story

You’re at GVSU over the holiday break when you meet the most attractive man you’ve ever seen. He’s tall. He’s muscular. And he seems to be a fisherman, or maybe a sailor of some kind?

Join us on a journey of self-discovery and true love as you discover the holiday spirit with the most iconic Laker of them all.

Find true love this holiday season

December 2, 2020

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Safely Celebrating Thanksgiving This Season


What isn’t to love about Thanksgiving? There’s great food, quality family time, and even more great food. But, like everything else this year, Thanksgiving is going to look a bit different.
Here are some tips to help you have a safe Thanksgiving this year while still keeping the spirit of the holiday alive.

Tips To Safely Celebrate ThanksGiving

November 17, 2020

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Grand Days in Grand Rapids: Safe Things to do in the City and Beyond

We’re lucky to be close to such a great city filled with art, culture, history, and entertainment. We all know that things have been pretty different this year, and many of us are struggling to find safe things to do and reasons to actually leave the house. Check out this list of places that are still open and discover new ways to get off the couch and go explore!

5 Things To Do in Grand Rapids

November 12, 2020

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You vs. Your 6-9: a Survival Guide

The 6-9: the college student’s natural rival and greatest enemy. Will you let it destroy you? Or will you be well-rested and prepared each week and show that 6-9 who’s boss? Whether it’s virtual or in-person, use this guide to survive your 6-9 class and turn it into an enjoyable experience.

5 Tips To Survive Your 6-9

November 12, 2020

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How to Have Difficult Conversations in a Tense Political Climate

This election has been stressful for many of us, and we’ve all noticed the division within our country and our communities. Tensions are running high, and we sometimes struggle to remain civil with the friends, family, or roommates who disagree with us.  How do we handle such difficult conversations with those who have differing opinions?

5 Tips for Easing the Tension

November 3, 2020

Free Speech 101: How to Use Your Voice at GV

Free speech is protected by our Constitution, and you have the right to make your voice heard here at GV. It’s important to stand up for your beliefs, and it’s helpful to understand free speech at Grand Valley and how we can best respect each other and learn new perspectives.

Checkout the Guide

October 26, 2020

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Five Ways to Have a Fun At-Home Halloween

Halloween is going to be a bit different this year, and we know how important it is to keep ourselves and our friends safe. Luckily, Halloween doesn’t have to involve massive crowds of people to be memorable! Check out this list of festive at-home activities with a fun fall flavor.

Checkout some Halloween Activities

October 26, 2020

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Laker Tips and Tricks: How to Not Get Sick of Your Roommate

Since we’re spending a lot of time indoors this semester, chances are you and your roommate(s) have been seeing a lot of each other lately. Starting to grind each other’s gears? Use these tips to maintain healthy and comfortable relationships in your own home.

Tips to Maintain a Healthy Relationship

October 20, 2020

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Get to Know Your Student Senate

The Student Senate Cabinet has officially been elected! Wait, you don’t know our 2020/2021 senators? You’ve come to the right place! Read more about some of the official Senate Cabinet members so you can get a better understanding of who is speaking for the Grand Valley student body.

Meet your Student Senate

October 20, 2020

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Family Appreciation Week: Virtual Fun for Everyone!

This year, Grand Valley has redesigned Family Weekend and expanded into Family Appreciation Week! Now any of your family members, no matter how near or far, can join the fun. Here’s all the info you need about the official schedule and how you and your family can participate.

Ways to Appreciate your Family

September 9, 2020

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You’re standing at the clock tower and get word that Louie the Laker is missing! It’s up to you to search all over campus to find him.

Help find Louie!

April 16, 2020

Plan Your Day


With only one week of online classes under our belts, it’s okay to still be feeling overwhelmed. It can be difficult transitioning to a full schedule online, and even more challenging to stay on top of what’s due when without any in-person reminders. Many of us may be feeling a lack of motivation during this uncertain period, but we’ve got a few tips and tricks to help you stay focused on your classes while you’re staying safe inside!

Delete Distractions!

March 26, 2020

Transitioning Online: Your Guide to GVSU Resources

GVSU has officially transitioned online. For many students and faculty, this is a new challenge and the university is doing everything possible to help students transition seamlessly. While much of campus has closed for the health and safety of the community, there are plenty of resources that have been moved online, and we’ve got a list to make life a little easier for you.

GVSU Resources


Isolation 101: Tips to Manage Social Distancing

With everything going on right now, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. While it’s absolutely vital to pay close attention to the CDC recommendations, there are still a few things you can do to manage the stress of being isolated from others and work to be as productive as possible.

How to manage Social Distancing


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A Student's Guide to the Student Senate

The Student Senate is an important part of Grand Valley because it gives students a voice. The Student Senate works to represent the student body to the university administration and make Grand Valley a better place for all Lakers. With Senate elections fast approaching, it’s time to learn the ins and outs of the Student Senate and discover how you can get involved.

Find out about Student Senate

February 18, 2020

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Louie is Laker Love Struck

Valentine’s Day is just a few short days away, and you can’t stop imagining what it would be like to meet the love of your life on campus. Your mind is replaying every romantic comedy you’ve ever seen, and you’re feeling a bit wistful as the holiday approaches. As you prepare for class this love-filled day, you begin to feel hopeful, so you throw on your backpack and practically skip out the door. Little do you know your rom com wishes are about to come true...

Louie's secret lover is...

 February 14, 2020

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Top 4 Tips to Ace Your Midterms

Midterms are coming up, which means it’s time to start studying and preparing for success. GVSU provides you with the tools you need to ace your midterms. Keep reading to discover new tips for studying and how to best utilize the resources at GV.

4 Easy Tips

February 14, 2020

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Comedy, Crafts, and Family Time: Sibs and Kids Weekend 2020

Sibs and Kids weekend is coming up this Feb. 21-23, and it’s a great opportunity for you to show off your Laker Pride and give your friends or family a chance to see your home away from home! Invite the people you care about to GV for a weekend full of fun events and some quality bonding. Registration is open now with a $5 fee per person. Here are all the details you need about this year’s fun-packed Sibs and Kids Weekend. 

Skskskrrr into Sibs and Kids Weekend 2020

February 3, 2020

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Get Empowered: Leadership Summit 2020

Grand Valley’s annual Leadership Summit gives students from all over the state the opportunity to grow their leadership skills, listen to valuable speakers, and take part in workshops. Students of all interests and ages are welcome to attend. Don’t miss your chance to participate in this dynamic program!

Learn more about the Leadership Summit

February 1, 2020

Sorority at Bid Night excitedly cheering

Find Your Home: Go Greek!

If you've ever wondered what it's like being a part of Greek Life, now's your chance to find out! With many chapters still recruiting this semester, you'll be able to meet plenty of people and find the right fit for you. Be sure to check out all the chapters with open houses to find out more about the leadership opportunities, friendship, and community involvement that comes with joining Greek Life. 

Get involved with Greek Life!

January 30, 2020

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The Ins-and-Outs of the Counseling Center

With two locations and a variety of appointment times that fit with your schedule, the University Counseling Center is an excellent resource for all Grand Valley students. From one-on-one appointments to a self-help directory, the University Counseling Center is here to help. Read on to learn a little bit more about the services that are free (yes, free!) to you as a student.

Fight the winter blues!

January 24, 2020

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Get Ready With Us: Presidents’ Ball 2020

The ‘20s are back and taking Presidents’ Ball by storm! From getting all dressed up with your closest friends to shimmying the night away on the DeVos Center dance floor, Presidents’ Ball is bound to be a night you’ll never forget. With the event coming up soon on Jan. 31, it’s time for us to help you get ready for your fancy night out.

Get Ready in 4 Easy Steps!

January 21, 2020

Beautiful lights of dark colors shade the ballroom at Presidents' Ball

2020 Presidents’ Ball Theme Reveal

Presidents’ Ball is back and better than ever! Come join your fellow Lakers and President Mantella herself for one of the university's classiest annual events. There will be plenty of dancing, fun, friends, and food! Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the dance and how to get tickets!

A Grand New Era!

January 14, 2020

Arial photo of Niemeyer living center building in the summer

Laker Tips & Tricks: Best Study Spots On Campus

The semester is in full swing, and it’s important that you stay focused and motivated! Finding a quiet and distraction-free place to do homework can be challenging. The Mary Idema Pew Library is a classic choice, but there are also plenty of other secret nooks on campus that will give you the peace and quiet you want this semester. Here’s our official list of the best study spots on campus.

Find your study spot!

January 17, 2020

Large group of students march across snowy sidewalk silently

MLK Jr. Day: How to Honor His Dream

As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, GVSU has plenty of events to commemorate the monumental impact MLK Jr. has had on the civil rights movement and on our society. From a day of service to keynote speakers, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved and carry on the legacy of Dr. King.

Honor His Dream

January 10, 2020

Many Students in the Gym working out

Top 5 Laker New Year’s Resolutions

New decade, new you! There are lots of resources at GVSU that can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions and better yourself physically and mentally. Here is the ultimate list of 2020 resolutions for Lakers and tips for making your goals a reality. 

Get Resolved

December 18, 2019

Philly at Inauguration

Fall 2019 Wrapped

The Fall 2019 semester is over! Give yourself a pat on the back for making it out alive, and join us in looking back at some of the highlights and monumental moments from the past four months.

Semester Recap

December 12, 2019

Registration and Sign up table at Winter Campus Life Night

Try Something New: Campus Life Night Winter 2020

It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year — Campus Life Night! Campus Life Night is the perfect place for all students to find their home away from home on campus by meeting all the student organizations Grand Valley has to offer. Not sure why you should attend? Let us tell you all the great things you’ll gain from this experience!

Campus Life Night Winter

December 10, 2019

Students Sitting around a table cramming for an exam

Happy Holidays & Merry Exam Cram!

The holidays are just around the corner and so is exam season! During exam prep, it’s important to take study breaks and focus on stress management. Take some time to relax with fun-filled Exam Cram activities from Dec. 2 to Dec. 11!

More about Exam Cram

November 27, 2019

Stack of Books

Laker Tips & Tricks: Your Guide to Book Sell Back

As finals season draws upon us, you may be wondering what to do with that pile of textbooks that you’ll no longer need when the semester ends. Both GVSU bookstores will buy back those textbooks from you and give you some cash to buy your next ones. Read on to find out how to get the most buck for your book!

Turn your Books into Cash

November 26, 2019

A student calling someone on the phone.

Laker Tips & Tricks: How to Deal with Homesickness

At one point or another, homesickness finds its way into the hearts of college students. As much as we wish we could be home some days, curled up in our own beds, we have to find ways to focus on school and make the best of the time we have at Grand Valley. Here are four tips that will help you combat homesickness and feel more comfortable on campus.

Fight your homesickness

November 12, 2019

Two students presenting their I am GV awards.

I am GV: What it Means to be a Laker

Every year, GV students are recognized for their strong leadership and contribution to campus with the “I am GV” award. This award is given out to numerous students for their dedication to improving the Laker community through their involvement in student organizations, on-campus employment, and more. Here’s what a few of our previous nominees have to say about what it means to be a Laker.

Find out what it means to be "GV"

November 4, 2019

A student attending the Majors Fair.

Laker Tips & Tricks: How to Start Choosing a Major

Choosing a major is sometimes an intimidating part of heading to college, and with 94 undergraduate degrees offered at Grand Valley, it can be difficult to decide what field you want to go into. However, GV has many resources to help you discover what you’re passionate about! Here are four steps you can take to help you decide on a major at GVSU.

Get some MAJOR advice

November 4, 2019

The Transformational Link on GV campus.

Fact or Fiction? Investigating the Scariest GVSU Myths

Are there haunted tunnels beneath the GVSU campus? Were living centers like Copeland and Robinson originally designed to be prisons? It’s mysterious GV Myths like these that transfer from one student to the next until we can’t tell what’s fact and what’s fiction. What are we supposed to believe? After an in-depth investigation, here is the real truth behind the GVSU mysteries that haunt us all.

Bust these GV myths

October 30, 2019

An anchor carved into a jack-o-lantern.

Spooky Season at Grand Valley: Getting the Most Out of Your Halloween

Grand Valley is haunted! The spirit of Halloween is quickly spreading all throughout the Allendale area. If you’re dying to have some fun this spooky season, check out this list of frighteningly fun tricks and treats for you to revel in this fall. Prepare to sink your teeth into these on-campus activities!

Check out these Halloween-themed events

October 30, 2019

GV cheer hyping up the crowd during homecoming

Pumpkins, Football, and Murder?! GVSU Homecoming 2019

Join students, faculty, and alumni to celebrate Homecoming at Grand Valley! From October 23-27, GV will be hosting tons of fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Keep reading for a run-down of all the upcoming events that will help you celebrate what it means to be a Laker!

Discover what's happening during Homecoming

October 17, 2019

An autumnal trail on the GVSU Allendale Campus.

Fallin' for Fall Break: Local Autumn Activities

With fall break just around the corner, Allendale is a hot spot for all sorts of classic autumn adventures. Not sure what to do at school when there are no classes to attend? Check out our list of fall break activities that will help you take a well-deserved break from writing that essay and make sure your fall break is one to remember.

Find Fall Break activities

October 16, 2019

Rachel Syrba in the Whale Radio station.

Tune in with Rachel: A Student Life Story

When GVSU alum Rachel Syrba began her first year, she didn’t know anyone. When she picked up a CD from GV’s only student-run radio station at Campus Life Night, she had no idea what the next four years would be like. Rachel found a community at Whale Radio that made her feel at home and sparked a life-long passion for radio. This is her story.

Hear Rachel's story

October 14, 2019

An aerial view of the 2016 Career Fair.

Dream Job, Here I Come! GVSU’s Fall Career & Internship Fair

Ready to take the skills you learned at Grand Valley and apply them to the real world? Excited to dive into the job market once you graduate? The GVSU Fall 2019 Career & Internship Fair is the perfect opportunity to get started on the journey towards your dream job.

Get ready for the Career Fair

October 10, 2019

The Family Weekend 2019 logo. The "anchor up" hand sign made out of a bookshelf atop an illustration of an open book.

The Tale of Family Weekend 2019

Once upon a time, in the far-off land of Allendale, you invite your loved ones to come visit you for GVSU’s annual Family Weekend. Little do you know, you and your family are in for an adventurous weekend complete with a parade, comedy, golf, movies, a Renaissance Festival, football, family bonding, and much more. Here is the magical tale of the weekend you and your family will remember for the rest of your lives.

Discover the Tale of Family Weekend

September 26, 2019

A birds-eye-view of Pew Campus at night.

What to Do on the Weekend: Exploring Grand Rapids and Beyond

Just beyond the highway lies a magical land of fantastical off-campus adventures. Spend your weekends trying exciting new restaurants, seeing a show, or exploring new cultures throughout the greater Grand Rapids area. Check out this list of the best things to do on the weekends and you’ll never be bored again.

Find out what to do on the weekends

September 26, 2019

A man walking on to the Laker Line.

Laker Tips & Tricks: How to be a Civilized Bus Passenger

The GVSU bus system is a free and useful resource for students, staff, and faculty to travel around both the Allendale and Pew campuses and all throughout Grand Rapids. Don’t let its large size and loud noises intimidate you — the bus is helpful and easy to use. Here’s the scoop on all the traditional bus etiquette and ways you can make sure you and those around you stay comfortable when riding the bus.

Learn how to be a civilized bus passenger

September 16, 2019


Students getting on the bus on Pew Campus.

Laker Tips & Tricks: How to Use the GVSU Bus System

No car? No problem! The GVSU bus system can help you travel between both campuses, to Allendale, and throughout Grand Rapids. Here’s all the information you need about how it works and what bus you should take when. Where do you want to go?

Learn some of the many places the bus can take you

September 16, 2019

The Making Waves Initiative logo superimposed on a lake at sunset.

Wat-er You Doing to Get Involved? Meet the Making Waves Initiative

Water is a connecting force between people all over the world. It’s a necessity for life and a central focus of the Laker community because of our proximity to beautiful bodies of water like the Grand River and Lake Michigan. This was the inspiration behind GVSU’s Making Waves Initiative. Through various water-related classes and events, the Making Waves Initiative aims to unite the GV community and inspire collaboration among students, faculty, and staff.

Find out more about the Making Waves Initiative

September 6, 2019

Two roommates on move-in day.

Laker Tips & Tricks: How to Get Your Roommate to Like You

For many Lakers, a new semester brings new roommates. What if your new roommate likes using the blender at midnight? What if they prefer to store their clothes on the floor? Or worst of all, what if they don’t even like you? Fear not! Here are the top five ways to make sure your roommate likes you and becomes a lasting friend.

Learn how to get your roommate to like you

September 4, 2019

Students wearing matching GVSU t-shirts.

Laker Pride 101

You’re a Laker, and it’s high time the whole world knows it. It’s essential that you wear your blue heart on your sleeve and scream GVSU pride wherever you go. Here are five crucial tips involving GV apparel, Grand Valley cheers, and other ways you can show how grateful and pumped you are to be a Laker.

Anchor Up, Lakers!

September 4, 2019

Louie the Laker flexing his muscles.

Top 4 Low-Key Laker Flexes

Do you want to be cool? Are you looking for ways to impress your new Laker friends and make sure they know how incredible you are? Here are four ways you can flex on your friends at GVSU and remind them that you run this campus.

Discover how to flex on your fellow Lakers!

September 4, 2019

GVSU student climbing a Rockwall

What the rec is the Rec anyway? There’s an extensive list of opportunities available to you through GVSU Recreation, so where do you start? Read on to learn how you can get involved, be active, and live healthily.

Learn More about Campus Rec!

August 26, 2019

Subject to Change Improv Comedy Team at Campus Life Night 2019.

Get Involved: Your Guide to Student Organizations at GVSU

While sitting on the couch at home by yourself can be enticing, it is never as rewarding as getting up and joining a GVSU student organization. The best way to meet friends, boost your resume, and develop new skills is to log on to LakerLink and start the search for the org that’s right for you. Here is your guide to student orgs at GVSU and how to get started.

Discover how to get involved

August 26, 2019

Members of GVSU Greek Life greeting a student.

What You Don’t Know About Greek Life at GVSU

College presents new challenges for many students, and it can be difficult at first to find friends and your community. Greek Life at GV prides itself on creating a family-like community where each member feels loved, valued, and supported. Joining a sorority or fraternity at GVSU will help you develop relationships that will last a lifetime, give back to the community, enhance your resume, and make GVSU feel like home.

Learn what you don't know about Greek Life at GVSU

August 26, 2019

The Grand Valley logo on a student's phone.

#GVSUsocialmedia You HAVE to be Following

You kids and your phones...When’s the last time you picked up a book or actually talked to someone face to face? Well, save that for another day because it’s time to get back on Instagram and Twitter and start following some GV social media! Here are the top 5 accounts that are going to provide you with the most useful information to help you survive your college career.

See the top 5 GV social media accounts

July 12, 2019

President Mantella with a group of students wearing matching "Philly" shirts.

Philly Fast Facts: Meet President Philomena Mantella

It is time. Time to usher in a new era, one filled not with sadness for what has passed but, one filled instead with hope. Hope for the future. Hope for what is yet to come. Hope that someone can take this University to the next level. Today we give that hope a name: Dr. Philomena Mantella, Fifth President of Grand Valley State University. But who is President Philly really and what does she have to offer GVSU? To get to know her better, check out these Philly fast facts!

Check out these Philly fast facts!

July 12, 2019

Three students near the cook-carillon tower.

How to Become a GVSU Instagram Influencer

It is crucial that your Instagram followers know where you go to school and how much you love GV. You’re a Laker, and you need an Instagram that shows the world that you bleed blue. Here are 10 ways you can become #GVinstafamous and spread your Laker pride all over social media.

Become #GVinstafamous

July 12, 2019

The front of the laker line bus.

Meet the Laker Line!

You’re on the bus from Allendale to Grand Rapids, trying to make it to your downtown class. You are standing in the back because every seat is taken, tightly gripping a cold metal bar because even those luxurious black fabric handles have all been claimed. The bus makes stop after stop to pick up more and more gaggles of grumpy students who will have no choice but to awkwardly press their sweaty little bodies up against yours while praying for the day that we will no longer have to live this way. Behold, that day is coming! THANK YOU LAKER LINE!

Learn more about the Laker Line

July 12, 2019

student receiving a massage in the GVSU library

Baas, Books, Back Pain: How to survive the last two weeks of school

It’s upon us. You can feel a change in the air. Much like when a storm looms over the horizon or a natural disaster begins to brew, the animals are beginning to act strangely. They know what’s coming. Finals. Never fear. We here at the Student Life Weekly will tell you everything you need to know to avoid spontaneously combusting due to stress. Take a deep breath: we’re doing a deep-dive into Exam Cram.

Learn more about Exam Cram

April 15, 2019

President T. Haas headshot

T Haas is Doing WhAt?! Five reasons you should attend Haasta La Vista

The day is almost upon us, the retirement of our beloved T Haas is fast approaching and soon a hole will be left in our hearts that his gleaming smile and endless charm once filled. Before we’re left in a dark, months-long, campus-wide depression, let’s party one last time with T Haas and Marcia. You’ll never believe what he has planned...

Find out more about Haasta La Vista

April 9, 2019

Outdoor shot of GVSU Allendale campus

Laker Tips & Tricks: 5 Things Students HAVE to do Before Summer!

Are you leaving campus for the summer? Before you go, it is important to take care of these 5 things and not miss out on opportunities that will set you up for success next year. Here’s everything you need to do on campus before you can spend the next 3 months basking in the summer sun.

Click here for some things to do before summer!

April 9, 2019

GVSU students receiving balloon animals at ExtravaGRANDza

Goat Yoga and Fire Breathers?! What to expect at ExtravaGRANDza 2019

Oh no. The end of the semester is fast approaching, and that means you are overwhelmed by 5 upcoming exams, 9 papers, 17 group projects, and to top it off, you’re running out of time to hang out with friends before you all part ways for summer. Have no fear, ExtravaGRANDza is here! To find out more about this fun-filled week of events that will help you de-stress and spend time with your fellow Lakers,

Click here for more information about ExtravaGRANDza!

April 9, 2019

8 GVSU students holding a letters that spell "GVSU" at Lakerpalooza

Music and Free Food and More (Oh My!): Your Guide to Lakerpalooza 2019

Do you like live music, circus acts, drag shows, and free food? If any of these things entice you,  come to Lakerpalooza, GVSU’s very own outdoor music festival!

Click here for more details!

April 9, 2019

music artist blackbear

blackbear is a Sagittarius?! This and more you should know when buying your Spring Concert ticket

Are you beary, beary excited for this year’s Spring Concert? If you like music, dancing, and singing along at the top of your lungs, come see the one and only blackbear at GVSU this Thursday! To buy tickets and find out more information, read on!

Find out more about the concert!

April 3, 2019

Candid of students walking under Henry Hall Arch

Celebrate the Coming of Spring

At long last, the snow is gone and the sun is shining! Notice the sound of the birds chirping and the gentle breeze that blows your hair into your face. The flowers on campus are beginning to bloom, and you can see some of the first-year students come out of hibernation and cautiously leave their living-centers for the first time in months. Spring is here, so how are you going to celebrate?

Read on to find out how to enjoy the sunshine!

March 28, 2019

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Laker Tips & Tricks: How To Stay Motivated in Your Classes

Look outside. The snow is melting and the sun has returned, bringing warmth, light, and… distractions. Now that spring is here, there is so much to do on campus, and with those activities returning, it’s easy to put off your class work. Never fear, Laker Tips and Tricks is here to help you stay motivated in your classes!

Learn How to Stay Motivated

March 28, 2019

Student sitting alone at a table with a sign labeled "Single 4 life"

Forever Alone: How to Wallow in Self-Pity This Valentine’s Day

Ah, Valentine’s Day. It’s the most romantic day of the year for some and a day of misery and self-pity for the rest of us. This one goes out to all the Lakers who will be alone this February 14. Read on to find out what you can do to keep yourself occupied on Valentine’s Day and how to best wallow in your own sorrows.

Learn How To Suffer Through The Worst Holiday In The World 

February 13, 2019

GVSU couple holding signs labeled  "my bae and my boo"

What to Do With Your Boo: Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Oh no! Valentine’s Day is coming and you have no idea where to take your boo. Fear not, Lakers! There are many on-campus opportunities and amazing date options in the Allendale and Grand Rapids area. Read on to figure out how you can celebrate the big day and sweep your lover off of their feet.

Discover What To Do With Your Boo

February 13, 2019

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GVSU Leadership Summit: Learn, Grow, Lead

Calling all hard-working Lakers who are motivated, strong-willed, and destined to lead! It’s nearly time for the annual GVSU Leadership Summit, where you will have the opportunity to participate in a statewide conference that will help you grow your leadership and professional skills through a series of informative workshops and inspiring speakers. Read on to find out how you can get involved, become a better leader, and enhance your resume.

Learn how to be an Effective Leader!

February 6, 2019

Students helping to move items from a truck

His Dream Lives On: MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity

This January 26, learn about Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and give back to your community. MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity is your chance to learn about the injustices that still plague society today and participate in one of the many service projects happening throughout West Michigan.

Find out how you can get involved and make a difference.

January 23, 2019

Henry Hall Fountain in winter

Laker Tips & Tricks: Warmest Ways to Get Across Campus

Welcome to the winter semester. Yes, it’s cold. We know that with the frigid, glum winter days comes an ever-increasing lack of motivation to get out of bed in the morning. Whether it's your first winter on campus or your fourth, crossing campus in the blustering winds never seems to get any easier. Allow us to show you the warmest ways to get across campus and bump up your attendance score!

January 7, 2019

Professor helping a student

Laker Tips & Tricks: How to get your professor to love you

Welcome to a new semester. With a new semester comes new classes to enjoy, new friends to meet, and unfortunately, all of the progress that you’ve made turning your professor from intimidating megalith to normal human person with specialized knowledge is out the window. Never fear — we’re here with tips and tricks on how to get your prof to love you or at least tolerate you more than the kid next to you who smacks his gum and texts during lecture.

Read the first in a new series of articles, “Laker Tips & Tricks.”

January 7, 2019

multi colored Christmas lights

How to Have a Holly Jolly Holiday at GVSU

Are you looking to get into the holiday spirit, but you’re not sure how? Here is the ultimate list of things you can do on-campus to truly celebrate the season. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and it’s time to deck the halls, frolic in the snow, and spend time with those you care about most.

Read more to start your holiday off right!

December 5, 2018

group of students petting a golden retriever therapy dog

Exam Cram 2018: Get Work Done and Have Some Fun!

‘Tis the season of exams, fatigue, and test anxiety! Don’t let the stress get the best of you. Check out the extensive list of stress-relieving tips, events, and activities GVSU is offering this year to help you ace your exams.

Read More about Exam Cram 2018

December 5, 2018

GVSU Presidents' Ball "the grandest showman" video

Come One. Come All. Save the Date for Presidents' Ball.

Coming to you, the grandest event Grand Valley has to offer: Presidents’ Ball. The big show will be held on February 1, 2019. Read on to discover the event that’s gleaming and glittering with gold and wondrous surprises for young and old.

Click here to learn more

November 29, 2018

Emma Sluiter

I am GV Profile: Emma Sluiter

Emma Sluiter is a GVSU student who demonstrates what it means to be a Laker through her leadership and compassion for those around her. Through her involvement in clubs on campus and the impact she has had as a transitions leader and through first year leadership experience, Emma has worked to make her fellow Lakers feel at home. To read more about how Emma has made a difference,

Click here to read more about Emma Sluiter!

November 29, 2018

GVSU students with their bodies painted blue spelling out "Lakers"

ANCHOR UP: How to Prepare for a Laker Football Game

It’s almost another game day Lakers, and you might be asking yourself how to prepare with a new, refreshing approach. There’s always a way to spice up your Laker Spirit, so

Read on to find a new way to #AnchorUp.

November 15, 2018

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Bundle Up, Lakers: D.I.Y. Blanket

It’s here: the cold, West Michigan weather. No matter how well prepared you are emotionally, you’ll always need another blanket to wrap yourself in like a burrito while you lie on the floor of your living center waiting for this frigid season to end. Don’t fret! We’ll show you how to create the GV blanket of your dreams, and it’s gonna be cute, like “Pinterest goals board” cute.

Learn how to make your own.

November 15, 2018

Renzo Garza Motta

I am Grand Valley Profile: Renzo Garza Motta

Meet Renzo Garza Motta: Mentor, international student, Laker. He is one of the recipients of I am GV, a leadership recognition program. We all know Lakers who put their whole selves into what they do and into supporting their community. Through his hard work and dedication, Renzo Garza Motta shows us what a true Laker looks like.

Read more to be inspired.

November 15, 2018

3 "I am Grand Valley" nominees

GV 101: I Am GV

Every year, the exceptional students of Grand Valley are recognized for their contributions to campus life. They walk among us, across all disciplines, interests, and backgrounds. These are the students we look to as examples of success, be it academic, within their student organizations, or in the student employee workplace. These students are our leaders. They are Grand Valley.

Read on to discover how you can help recognize these leading Lakers

November 5, 2018

Audience and speaker during Teach-In

Sit In and Stand Up Against Inequality: GVSU Teach-in 2018

This annual event allows students, faculty, and staff to come together to engage in discussions surrounding the themes of power, privilege and difficult dialogues. By attending any of the sessions, varying from panel discussions to workshops, you’ll engage in thought-provoking and action-oriented conversations that focus on bettering GVSU and our larger community.

Read on to find out how you can participate

November 1, 2018

3 Student life employees dressed in Halloween costumes

Happy Haunts and Horrors: What to do this Halloween

Are you looking for something to do on the most terrifying night of the year? We have the ultimate list of ways to make this Halloween a night you’ll never forget.

Read about all the best Halloween hangouts here!

October 28, 2018

Replenish logo on sign

Battle of the Valleys 2018: Changing the World and Crushing the Competition

This week-long competition will reveal if Grand Valley or Saginaw Valley State University is able to raise more money for charity. Join in on the fun, help fund GV’s Replenish food resource, and show SVSU who’s boss.

Check out Battle of the Valleys!

October 22, 2018

GVSU campus in the Fall

How to Get in the Fall Spirit at GVSU

There’s nothing quite like falling in love with GV’s campus as the leaves change colors and we pull out our scarves. And there’s plenty to do, too! Here are nine on and off campus activities that every autumn-loving Laker should check out this season.

See how to get in the Fall Spirit

October 22, 2018

Pumpkin carved with anchor

Best GV-Themed Costumes

Can’t decide what to be for Halloween? We can help. Presenting the finest Grand-Valley-themed Halloween costumes for your viewing (and dressing) pleasure.

Click here to see GV inspired costumes!

October 17, 2018

Two students in blue Make A Difference Day shirt petting a black dog

Make a Difference Day

Spread the Laker effect on October 27. Join a legion of Lakers in working with several local nonprofit agencies right here in west Michigan. 

See How to Make a Difference!

October 16, 2018

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5 Songs that Remind You that You're a Laker

There are but a few things in life that cure a rainy day or slow Monday. When we’re feeling down or getting hype for the big game, we rely on the healing power of music to get us through. We’ve gathered a list of throwbacks, power ballads, and jams that scream Laker pride. Add them to your tailgating playlist or your daily rotation and dance it out!

Check Out these Songs!

October 16, 2018

Voting sign labeled "I vote because my vote matters"

National Voter Registration Day

It’s National Voter Registration Day. Don’t let this holiday wash over you, left in the forgotten recesses of your mind, between National Donut Day and National Pedestrian Day. No matter what you believe in, what you’re passionate about, or who you’re rooting for, we all come together on National Voter Registration Day to celebrate our ability to have say.

See how to Vote!

September 25, 2018

ArtPrize display in the grand rapids river

ArtPrize Fast Facts!

The largest and in-chargest art festival in the world is happening right now in our very own city of Grand Rapids. Never been? Curious as to how to make the most of this grand event?

Read on and feel the creativity wash over you

September 25, 2018

Arial Shot of Grand Rapids

4 Reasons I Heart GR

Moving to the area has made me fall head over heels in love with you. From your cultural attractions like ArtPrize to the delicious food in Eastown, there are so many reasons why you’re the apple of my eye. So many reasons, in fact, that I wrote a love-letter list to fully express my devotion to you. Let me count the ways...

Check out our list!

September 12, 2018

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GR College Week

All week long, GR is celebrating YOU. Meet other college students in the area, discover favorite spots, and take advantage of the many discounts available with your student I.D.!

Check out these events

September 12, 2018

Sticky note reading "You can do it!" next to a portrait of T. Haas

Exam Cram

It's that time of year again, and there's only one obstacle left between you and summer: Exam week. Don't worry, though, we have the resources you need to crush the end of the semester. Make sure to check out all the stress-reducing activities available to help you perform better.

How to Cram for your Exams!

April 19, 2018

Notebook with sticky note titled "Dream Big"

I'm Just Trying To Pass

With finals looming on the horizon, crunch time starts now! If that sentence makes your palms a little more sweaty than you’d care to admit, perhaps some tactics to get your caboose back on the tracks will get your brain from loco-overload and into locomotion-motivation.

See Some Special Tactics!

April 19, 2018

Two students studying together

How to Ace a Study Date

Study dates are much harder than getting an A on your next exam; you spend so much time preparing for your next exam that your date can end up feeling neglected! Finding that balance is an art. If you need some tips on how to wow your professor, while also being a flirt-master, check out this list!

Tips for your Study Date!

5 ways to make money as a broke college student with Louie the Laker

5 ways to make Money as a Broke College Student

Living like a Laker means taking advantage of all the opportunities that come your way — both academic and economic. Grabbed too many Starbucks at the Marketplace? Spot a new hoodie in the Laker Store but don’t have enough cash? If you’re strapped for cash and need some inspiration for how to dig yourself out of the college financial hole, then be sure to check out our list of ways to make some money on campus and be a moolah master!

Learn how to make some extra moolah!

April 3, 2018

Group photo at Relay for Life

Colleges Against Cancer: Leading the Fight for a Cure

The Student Organization Spotlight series showcases passionate and involved students who make waves with their #LakerEffect. This edition’s Spotlight features the student organization Colleges Against Cancer’s president, Paige MacKinnon.

Read more about Colleges Against Cancer!

March 20, 2018

Holland Hospital

Host a Blood Drive and Save Lives

Did you know that for every pint of blood donated, THREE lives can be saved? Give back to the community in a NEW way next school year! Consider hosting a blood drive with the Community Service Learning Center!

Here's how you can host a blood drive!

March 13, 2018

Student Senate

Student Senate: Fast Facts

With Student Senate elections just around the corner, you may be asking yourself: “What does Student Senate do? How can I better my campus community?” or maybe even “Can Louie the Laker run for President?” We're here to help you find out!

Read more about Student Senate!

February 27, 2018

Grand Valley students volunteering

Have a COW, Why Don't You? Community Outreach Week

Looking for volunteer opportunities this winter? Make an opportunity! Reach out to any nonprofit community partner to get started on a service project during Community Outreach Week at GV. 

Check out Volunteering Opportunities!

February 13, 2018

Dorm Room Dates logo

8 Valentine's Day Date Ideas for the Broke College Student

As a busy college student, find the time (and money) to put together showstopping dates for your significant other can be difficult. If you're grasping at straws for something fun and flirty to do this Valentine's Day - look no further!

Learn more about Dorm Room Dates!

February 13, 2018

Democracy 101 conference

Democracy 101: A Series of Critical Conversations

Democracy 101 is a series of bi-weekly lectures, panel discussions, and workshops that will focus on themes of democratic values, systems, and structures. All events are LIB 100/200 approved, and free pizza is available at each event!

Learn more about Democracy 101!

February 8, 2018

Student at the nonprofit fair

Let Volunteering Open the Door to Opportunity

Don’t miss your chance to get involved! The Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair is this Wednesday in the Loosemore Forum on our Pew Campus from 1-3 p.m. Fifty local nonprofit organizations will be here to answer your questions and help you give back!

Learn more about Volunteering!

January 30, 2018

finalists for last laker standing

Who Will Be the Last Laker Standing?

Auditions are over, the top ten have been chosen, and it's almost time to see who will become our LAST LAKER STANDING. This week, we chatted with Brandon Cooley, one of the top finalists in the competition last year, to explain some of the ins and outs of this hilarious event.

Learn more about Last Laker Standing!

January 30, 2018

De-Stress with Exam Cram

Are you dreading finals? Feel like you can’t think anymore because your head is full of new information that you should’ve learned two months ago? Come relax and de-stress for a while with Exam Cram!

Learn more about Exam Cram! 

December 5, 2017

MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity

The MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity is part of a national day of service and is a GREAT opportunity to get a few service hours in and gain awareness of your community! 

Learn about getting involved on MLK Day! 

December 5, 2017

Photo of Anya Ward

Recognize the Leaders Among Us

We make it really easy for you to recognize these amazing individuals. If you know an awesome student leader, nominate them for I Am Grand Valley to recognize their hard work.

Check out this article about Leaders on campus! 

November 28, 2017

Presenter at Leadership Summit

Share Your Knowledge at Leadership Summit

We would like to cordially invite you to participate in the 21st Leadership Summit at Grand Valley State University by submitting a proposal to present! We are seeking speakers with fresh perspectives on leadership across a wide variety of topic areas to give presentations at the summit. 

Share your knowledge at Leadership Summit!

November 28, 2017

How to Host a Friendsgiving

Have a group of friends who mean a lot to you? Tell them that over a festive Friendsgiving! Don’t know where to start when hosting a Friendsgiving? We got your back!

Check out this article about Friendsgiving!

November 14, 2017

Investigating the CJSA

In the second week of Student Organization Showcase, we investigated (pun definitely intended) the Criminal Justice Student Association. These students come from all different disciplines, but they all have one thing in common: a love for the study of Criminal Justice.

Learn more about Criminal Justice Student Association!

November 14, 2017

Do You Know a Student Leader?

"I Am Grand Valley" is an annual leadership recognition program in its 14th year at Grand Valley. Each year, more and more students are celebrated for their leadership achievements in  the Grand Valley community. Last year, we had 1400 nominations! Help us recognize and appreciate even more students this year and nominate up to 10 student leaders now! Nominations are being accepted here until November 30!

Read more about Kevin Chui!

November 14, 2017

Get Into the GrooVe!

In our first Student Organization Showcase, we chose to shine a bright light on GrooVe!  They have been around since 2009, making them one of the longer standing organizations at GVSU. They perform on campus, in Grand Rapids, and all over Michigan, singing and jamming their way around the state. Their goal is to always do their best, but at their core, they describe themselves as a group focused on doing what they love: making music.

Find out more about GrooVe!

November 7, 2017

Are you Grand Valley?

"I Am Grand Valley" is a leadership program that recognizes GVSU student leaders. Read about one of those outstanding Lakers: Marisa Kahnt. We limit the number of nominations to 10 students per nominator; we ask that you choose the leaders who have stepped up and stand out to you. Nominations are being accepted here until November 30! 

Learn more about Marisa Kahnt!

November 7, 2017

What to do in West Michigan on Fall Weekends

Trying to figure out what to do on the weekends this fall? West Michigan is the perfect place to enjoy vibrant fall colors, autumn scents, and outdoor activities. Here are some fun ideas to get you started!

Learn about fun activities in West Michigan!

October  31, 2017

Blood Drives: A Tale of Two Vampires and a Food Truck

If two vampires emerge from the Ravines and ask you where the best place to eat on campus is, what would you tell them? Remember: the one thing they need to sustain themselves is the same thing we need too!

Learn more about blood drives

October 31, 2017


From College to Careers

Building a resume or presenting your past involvement isn’t limited to just the “official” jobs you’ve done; there’s a wide variety of opportunities which are available both on and off campus that can be valuable to include in your resume when pursuing a career. Student organizations can be sources of leadership positions, skills training, personal & professional development, and volunteer opportunities.

Here's how to share your involvement with employers!

October 24, 2017

What You Need to Know about Homecoming 2017

Here at the Valley, Homecoming is a week-long competition between different organizations. Homecoming is a great fall tradition and a fun way to learn more about your campus and get connected. There is something for everyone!

Learn more about Homecoming!

October 17, 2017

Bored? Start a Student Org!

Student organizations can be a great way to help your community, network with others in your academic or professional area, get more involved with a hobby or other interest of yours, or even just as a way to make friends on campus. If you’re interested in starting a student organization, here’s how!

Learn more about Student Organizations! 

October 10, 2017

5 Things that’ll Make You go MADD for Make A Difference Day

Each fall the CSLC hosts Make A Difference Day, partnering with 15 different local nonprofit organizations, accommodating more than 300 students!

Here are 5 things that will make you go MADD for MADD!

October 3, 2017

How to Create the World You Want to Live In

GVSU’s Community Service Learning Center has created the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) initiative to help students think more broadly about the impact we can have on our society.

Learn more about the CLDE initiative

September 26, 2017

Calling all First Year Leaders

First Year Leadership Experience (FYLE) is an annual leadership program offered by The Office of Student Life to empower emerging leaders! The experience engages participants in interactive discussion and activities, connects students to leadership opportunities across campus, and promotes personal philosophy-building of leadership. 

Learn more about First Year Leadership Experience (FYLE)

September 19, 2017

Top 5 Things to Do at Family Weekend

Family Weekend is a wonderful opportunity for Lakers and their friends, family, and other loved ones to experience a Grand Valley weekend. 

Learn more about the Top 5 Family Weekend Activities

September 19, 2017

Nonprofit Volunteer & Internship Fair

The Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair will have over 70 local, nonprofit organizations on campus this Thursday on the Kirkhof Lawn from 1-3 p.m.

Learn more about the Nonprofit Volunteer & Internship Fair

September 14, 2017

GR101: Get To Know Your City

Whether you’re new to the west side of Michigan or have been around for a while, get to know Grand Rapids better with GR101 College Week and enjoy special events and discounts!

Learn more about GR101

September 12, 2017

5 Reasons to Go Greek

With recruitment happening next week, we’d like to give a shout-out to our Vice President of Recruitment, Jordan Sheatzley. She’s giving us her Top 5 Reasons to Go Greek and encourages you to sign up for Panhellenic Recruitment before Friday, September 15!

Learn more about Going Greek

September 12, 2017

Finding Your Strengths

Shift your focus from what you need to improve, and find out how to Become More through investing in your strengths!

Learn more about Finding Your Strengths

September 12, 2017

Campus Life Night

GV101: Campus Life Night

Every year on the Tuesday after Labor Day campus is bursting with energy. Over 400+ student organizations, tons of local businesses, nonprofits and various departments join The Office of Student Life providing endless opportunities to get involved.

Learn about what to expect at Campus Life Night

August 31, 2017

Students attending transitions

GV101: Transitions

This first week is crucial to making your time at Grand Valley awesome. It can get a little overwhelming but remember - everyone has gone through it!

Learn more about the top 5 tips for Transitions!

August 31, 2017

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