Briefs 9/6 – Grand Valley Lanthorn

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Anti-abortion protest draws crowds to GV’s Carillon Cook Tower as legal fight continues

Anti-abortion protesters gathered at the base of Grand Valley State University’s Cook Carillon Tower on September 1, equipped with wooden crosses and signs proclaiming their opposition to the practice.

The group’s presence eventually sparked a counter-protest by a number of students who arrived to show their solidarity with activists who advocated for continued access to abortion in Michigan.

The protest came a day after the Michigan Board of Solicitors, in a 2-2 vote, rejected the addition of the Michigan Right to Reproductive Freedom initiative to the November ballot.

The rejection came following a recommendation from the Elections Office to make the addition, verifying that the initiative contained more than 596,000 valid signatures, about 150,000 more than needed.

Although on-campus advocacy groups like Students for Choice and Pro Life at GVSU as well as the Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity have expressed their positions regarding access to abortion, the university administration does not has taken no public position on the matter.

U.S. Department of Education Undersecretary Visits GV After Student Debt Cancellation

US Department of Education Under Secretary James Kvaal visited GVSU on August 30 to meet with students and hear about their experiences with GVSU and the education system.

During her trip to GVSU, Kvaal also met a number of professors, including GVSU President Philomena Mantella.

The visit came less than a week after the Biden administration, through its Department of Education, announced a plan to forgive up to $20,000 in federal student loans for student borrowers. based on their loan history.

The move is expected to provide debt relief for thousands of GVSU students who should be able to begin pardon applications in October.

Gas prices in the GV zone continue to fall as the school year begins

Gasoline prices in the Allendale area have continued to decline in recent weeks, providing much-needed relief to students and commuters returning to GVSU.

As of the morning of September 4, GVSU’s Ottawa County recorded an average price of $3.57 per gallon according to national fuel price analysis organization GasBuddy.

Neighboring Kent County, home to GVSU’s Pew campus and Michigan’s second-largest city, Grand Rapids, averaged $3.65 a gallon.

Michigan’s average was $3.80 a gallon on the same day, down from its peak average of $5.22 in mid-June.

Although these declines have occurred evenly across the country, prices in many areas remain higher than before the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, which disrupted supply lines and associated with rising inflation to produce record fuel prices.

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