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Kate Branum

Open Auditions for ‘Detroit’

The Grand Valley State University theater department is holding auditions for performance roles and backstage duties for the play “Detroit” Thursday, Dec. 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 2 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

“Detroit,” written by Lisa D’Amour, takes place in a suburb outside of Detroit. The plot revolves around a dysfunctional couple who experience comic consequences upon welcoming new neighbors into the area.

Castings are open to all students, regardless of major. Academic credit will also be available for cast and crew members.

Copies of the play for advance reading are available online from the GVSU library’s e-reserve service. Read about auditioning tips on the GVSU theater website,

Feeding America Drive

Help families in need prepare for the cold winter months by participating in the Feeding America Drive at Grand Valley State University Monday, Nov. 28 from noon until 1 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center.

Bring donations of food and toiletries to add to the collection of items at the drive or donate money to the Feeding America of West Michigan organization.

For more information on the drive, email [email protected].

It’s On Us: R.A.D. Rape Aggression Defense Training

The Women’s Center at Grand Valley State University will be hosting a free self-defense workshop for women Monday, Nov. 28 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Pere Marquette Room of the Kirkhof Center.

Participants will be taught the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) system, a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques women can use in threatening situations. The course begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance. All courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. instructors who will provide participants with a reference manual.


GradFest will be held at Grand Valley State University Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Pere Marquette Room of the Kirkhof Center.

This pre-commencement celebration is intended to help congratulate graduating students’ success. Students will be able to pick up their caps and gowns, purchase commencement tickets, receive their graduation gift from the Alumni Association and enjoy some cake.

There will be another GradFest event Thursday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the DeVos Center downtown.