News Briefs 2/6


GVL Briefs

Elizabeth Schanz, News Editor

GV prepares for Sex Ed Week

Grand Valley State University is hosting its annual Sex Ed Week. The week consists of numerous events held to educate students about safe sex, invoke conversation and remove the stigma around various topics connected to sex. 

On Feb. 6, there will be a talk that covers “What is Sex?” and how intimacy may look in different relationships. This event will take place in Kirkhof Center room 2270 and over Zoom from 4-5 p.m.

There will also be an event that covers healthy relationships in general, whether that be with a romantic partner, friend or family member. The event is called “Unpacking Relationships” and will take place on Feb. 7 from 4-5 p.m. in Kirkhof Center.  

A third event, “What We Wish Sex Ed Taught Us,” will be held on Feb. 7 from 6-7 p.m. The event will cover many topics that are commonly missed or avoided in other sex ed talks such as pleasure, lube, the concept of virginity and communication. 

Other events such as STI testing will take place throughout the week. More information can be found on the GVSU events calendar.

Michigan’s Woody the Woodchuck predicts early spring 

On Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog in Pennsylvania, determined there would be six more weeks of winter.

This follows the annual North American tradition where if the animal sees its shadow winter will continue for six more weeks and if it does not, spring will arrive six weeks early. 

Michigan’s Woody the Woodchuck, a 25-year tradition in the state, opposed Phil, predicting an early spring.

MI moves up presidential primary date

Michigan democratic lawmakers passed a bill that would move the date of the state’s presidential primary. The bill did not have bi-partisan support and sparked many concerns amongst republicans.

The democratic majority voted for the bill 56-53. The bill is set to change the primary date from March 12, under the current law, to Feb. 27. 

Republicans opposed this plan because the Republican National Committee rules prohibit Michigan from holding primaries before March 1. According to Bridge MI, This could potentially cut GOP delegates at the national convention by 90%.