Campus Life Night postponed until Saturday

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Campus Life Night (2014)

GVL / Archive Campus Life Night (2014)

Audra Gamble and Meghan McBrady

Due to inclement weather on Tuesday night, Campus Life Night was moved to Saturday, Sept. 12.

Originally, the event was moved to Sunday, Sept. 13, but was rescheduled an additional time to accommodate Jewish students celebrating Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year.

“Grand Valley State University prides itself and strives to be an inclusive community,” said Julie Lowenthal, a Jewish GVSU student. “Even though the previous time did not affect anyone but the Jewish students, it went against what GVSU works so hard to do – be inclusive. I was happy they changed (the time) because it showed that GVSU is flexible and willing to work with diverse groups to be inclusive.”

The annual student organization fair, put on by the Office of Student Life, will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will take place in parking lot H across from the Mary Idema Pew Library. This will be the first year the event will happen in the new location. In past years, Campus Life Night occurred near the Fieldhouse.

Kellie Pnacek-Carter, the assistant director of event planning at GVSU, said the event had to be rescheduled the first time because of a bad weather forecast for Tuesday evening.

“There (was) a 100 percent chance of severe weather beginning around 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Tuesday),” Pnacek-Carter said.

She also indicated that the new location benefits the nearly 400 organizations that are scheduled to participate in the Saturday night event. The student clubs, the Panhellenic community, nonprofit organizations and local businesses are allowed to bring vehicles – such as buses, cars, trucks and boats – and other displays because they have room to properly represent their organization in front of the 5,000 GVSU students that attend their event.

“Our goal is to have a high-impact event for both students attending and those promoting their student organizations,” Pnacek-Carter said. “This type of weather is certainly not conducive to a successful outside event.”

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