This is our final exam team name logo! I drew it on my IPad. Illustrator is a little too complicated for me.


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This is a screenshot of GVSU’s most recent map (December 2016), on it I labeled the locations of where all the pictures below were taken. The full map of GVSU’s Allendale campus can be found here.


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One of GV’s five fountains. Katie (right) and I’s (left) favorite is behind us in the picture above. It’s located outside the Student Services building (41 on the map) and the Seymour & Esther Padnos Hall of Science (43 on the map) and I labeled it as A. It is my favorite of the fountains here at GVSU and it might be something else’s too! Though it may or may not be a GVSU icon, I think it is a lovely place to sit, hang out or study when the weather is warm.


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Here is Katie and I in front of the notorious “Wrecking Ball” which is actually labeled as Bifilar Pendulum in the picture above. It is located between the Seymour & Esther Padnos Hall of Science (43 on the map) and Henry Hall (42 on the map) and I labeled it as B. From what I’ve heard from previous students (and seen on the internet) the sphere always been a GVSU icon. But, after Miley Cyrus released her Wrecking Ball music video, many more people attempted to ride it. Multiple people even tried to imitate her in their own parody videos that you can watch here. Due to safety hazards, the iconic sculpture was temporarily removed. When it was brought back, a fence was added to eliminate future incidents.


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In the photo above, Katie and I are pictured on The Little Mac Bridge. The bridge is already listed on the map, but I labeled it again as C. One end is located near Henry Hall (42 on the map) the other end is near the Arboretum which is also listed on the map, but I labeled it as 4. The bridge is a GVSU icon because hundreds of students walk across it every week to get to their classes. It is a beautiful sight to see on the Allendale campus, no matter the season. Just don’t look down!


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The name of the sculpture behind Katie and I in the photo above is called Transformational Link. It was made by Gary Kulak in 1990. The well known sculpture is located in the walkway between Au Sable Hall (21 on the map) and James H. Zumberge Hall (12 on the map and displayed in the background of this picture) It is a GVSU icon because students (me included) make a conscious effort not to walk under it. There’s a popular superstition on campus that says anyone who walks through it the wrong way (finished to unfinished) won’t graduate and will have bad luck.


Which were all taken at the Arboretum, number 4. on the map.

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The location is number 6 on the map.

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I have always loved this sculpture but, I never knew what it was. Ever since I came here as a freshman and saw it the first time, for some odd reason I made the assumption that it was birds. To my friends I always referred to it as the “white bird thing.” I’m not sure what it speaks to me as an art piece, but whenever I walk by it, I always try to look at it from a different angle. I like noticing how the lighting changes both the mood of the piece, and the shadows that it makes. I admire that it looks different every time I see it, and I wonder if that is the effect the artist: James clover, intended it to have. Now, after I have done some research on the sculpture for this blog post, when I see it on my way to class, I will always look at it differently than I did before. Especially after I found out that the real name of the piece is Heaven and Earth. For me, learning the name the artist chose for this sculpture, gives the artwork a whole new meaning. I would have never known had I not had to do research on it for a final exam. While researching, I also learned that James Clover has multiple sculptures on various GVSU campuses, and I found an article about more of the public art displayed on GVSU’s Allendale Campus. If you want, you can read it here.


What I found most interesting in the numbers of the Grand Valley University Foundation Annual Report was that the donors who gave to the Grand Vally University Foundation this year, raised $13.3 million! That’s amazing to me! On the official website it says that more than 15,200 people donated. Doing the math myself, and using only these numbers, if everyone donated equally they would all be donating $875 that’s an extremely generous donation. I do realize that every donor didn’t donate equally, but the fact that only 15,200 people donated enough to raise $13.3 million is baffling. It means that everyone who donated gave an exceedingly generous amount that I know the Grand Valley University Foundation, and the students who received scholarships as a result of these donations were very grateful for.

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From this infographic I can see that private giving to the Grand Valley University Foundation and the university itself was the highest in 2010. I can also tell that there is no pattern to how much the foundation receives every year; the results seem sporadic. From the paragraph on the website analyzing this year’s data, it was mentioned that more donors were added to the foundation this year. More donors being added is a good indicator for the success of the next year. This screenshot was taken from Grand Valley’s Annual Giving website which can be found here.

The second infographic from the Annual giving website shows the growth of the endowment fund since 2006. This graph does have a pattern; it appears to be growing each year aside from this year, 2009 and 2010. This years results closely parallel those of 2014 but they are slightly less. Hopefully the endowment fund continues to grow for years to come.


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I love this meme. I don’t even know why. I think it’s something about the look of satisfaction on his face that makes it so funny to me.

I think memes are important to the internet and social culture because they give us humans something to laugh at. Many memes like the one above use our facial expressions to tell a story or a joke that most people can understand because the expressions we make are universal. Even if someone doesn’t find one meme funny, there’s bound to be another one that can make them laugh because there are so many memes on so many different topics. I also think memes are important because in some cases memes turn a current issue in the world into something comical which brings needed attention to the matter.


If you’re here, I must have done it correctly.



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