Laker Life Briefs 10/18

Sabrina Edwards, Laker Life Editor

Participate in open mic night

On Monday Oct. 18 from 8 to 9:30 students can participate in open mic night at the Cook Dewitt Center. This event is free to attend and students can RSVP on LakerLink. This event will be hosted by GV Stand Up in partnership with Anchored in Poetry and In The Margins Poetry Club. Students who are interested in attending can share anything they bring whether that be comedy, poetry, music or anything else.

Students get your gear fixed

Twice a year there is a two-hour session where students can bring their broken items into the repair clinic to get them fixed. On Oct. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. students can visit the multipurpose room of Holton Hooker Living Center to take advantage of the repairs.

This event is being hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. There will be faculty and volunteer staff there to fix items. They can fix missing buttons, jammed zippers, broken glasses, backpack straps and much more. These services are free to any Grand Valley State University student. During the clinic staff try to fix as much stuff as they can in the allotted time period.

In total, they have completed about 370 different services. There will be knitting instructions on site with yarn and knitting needles that those who are learning can keep. There will be snacks and small giveaways available as well for those who attend. Students who attend can also speak with on hand advisors about any academic or scheduling questions.

Does Big Tech Equal Big Trouble?

On Oct. 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. there will be a guest speaker talking about the possible issues with big technology. This event will take place at the DeVos E Loosmore Auditorium. The Hauenstein Center and the Acton Institute are inviting Carl Szabo, Vice President and general console at NetChoice, and Josh Hammer counsel and policy advisor at the Internet Accountability Project. These speakers will be reflecting on a new bills introduced by Congress, there have been five different bipartisan bills aimed to reign in big technology corporations. Politico is claiming this is Silicon Valley’s “most aggressive lobbying presence in Washington.” They are going to have a discussion on the implications of America’s tech sector.

Donate blood to help save lives

On Thursday Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. students can visit the Kirkhof Center in room 2263 to donate blood. This will be in partnership with Versiti Blood Center of Michigan. The blood that is donated will help benefit people in West Michigan. This event is being hosted by the Community Service Learning Center. There will be other opportunities for students to donate blood on Nov. 2 and Nov. 16. For those who are interested, RSVP on LakerLink.