Laker Life Briefs

Sustainable Agriculture Project seeks volunteers

Grand Valley State University’s Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP) is not only a scientific research station and laboratory for hands-on learning, as well as a studio space and gallery for artists, but a farm that grows food and sells it to raise money for its activities (or donates it to the community). This spring, the project once again calls for volunteers from the GVSU community to help around the farm.

In-person volunteers will be welcome on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and from 12-3 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Those interested can find more about the program at, or email [email protected] with questions about the project.

Campus organizations continue to push students to register to vote

There are currently 39 election-related bills that lawmakers are pushing through the Michigan legislature — a package that many election experts theorize will make it more difficult for citizens to vote. Most notable among them, after a recent national election in which absentee voting was vital to the results, this legislation would take away prepaid postage for absentee ballots, more or less forcing citizens to pay in order to vote via mail. It would also add a photo I.D. requirement for both in-person and absentee voters, discouraging voting even further.

With conversations about democracy and voting still in the air, the Community Service Learning Center is hosting a Voter Registration Drive in Kirkhof Center from 12-2 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 6. In addition, the following day, the CSLC will be hosting a lecture on the components of running for office with Running Start and Student Senate. More information for both events can be found on the CSLC’s LakerLink page.

Counseling Center offers services for National Alcohol Screening Day

First launched in 1999, the National Alcohol Screening Day initiative seeks to bring awareness and understanding to the issue of alcohol abuse and dependency. Screening is a large part of outreach programs — the offer of confidential opportunities for help can open the door for education, referrals, and treatment to those with alcohol dependency issues.

At Grand Valley State University, the Counseling Center is offering such screenings online: a fast, quick, anonymous check-up on both alcohol use and other aspects of mental health. Those interested can find screenings and the center’s other programs on their website at