Laker Life Briefs

After the Election: Democracy 101

What’s widely considered to be the most important election of a lifetime is officially right around the corner on Nov. 3, but with the COVID-19 pandemic still in full swing, many Americans have already cast this historic vote through absentee ballots and early voting stations. Whether they’ve voted yet or not, many are wondering what the next step for their communities could be.

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the Community Service Learning Center is teaming up with Campus Democratic Engagement Coalition to provide a virtual event to answer how the GVSU community can stay engaged beyond the election. The event, which is INT 100/201 approved, will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Zoom. Those interested can RSVP on Laker Link at

Learn about the history of Grand Rapids policing

On Thursday, Oct. 29, Grand Valley State University’s departments of History and Latin American and Latino/a Studies is teaming up to host a presentation from Delia Fernández, a faculty member at Michigan State University. A professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies, Fernández will be giving a presentation on “Black, White, and Latino Demands for Community Controlled Policing in Grand Rapids, MI, 1965-1973.”

The event will take place virtually from 3-4:15 p.m. over Zoom. The link to the meeting can be found on Grand Valley’s Event Calendar at

Haunted Week at GVSU

To celebrate the week leading up to Halloween, the Campus Activities Board is teaming up with several different groups around campus in order to host a series of events in the spooky spirit of the season. The week of events includes a virtual performance from Magician Trent James on Tuesday, a virtual watch of the Rocky Horror Picture Show on Wednesday, Pumpkin Decorating at Zumberge Pond on Thursday, a showing of “Hocus Pocus” at the Kelly Family Sports Center on Friday, and Grand Valley’s first annual Haunted Arboretum tours on Friday and Saturday.

Those interested in attending Haunted Week can find registration for all these events can be found on the Upcoming Events calendar on the Campus Activities Board website. Student Senate will also be hosting their own pumpkin carving and decorating session from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28 in the Secchia Parking Lot of Pew Campus, which students can RSVP for on Laker Link at