The Rapidian


Carrying local music's 'do-it yourself' torch: A look at the Upper Room

Submitted 02-10-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

The Upper Room aims to keep Grand Rapids' Do-it-Yourself music scene alive.


Local playwright talks Lake Effect Fringe Festival and more

Submitted 02-09-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Dog Story Theater presents the 5th annual Lake Effect Fringe Festival. A collaboration of artists alike, joining in the intimate space of Dog Story’s black box theater. Stephen Douglas Wright sat down with The Rapidian to talk about his experience with the Lake Effect Fringe Festival.


Father, son share a special bond

Submitted 01-17-2017 under NONPROFITS

For years now, Mark Romanack and his 21-year-old son, Jake, have traveled the roads together in their Dodge Ram pickup. They talk. They laugh. They plan a future.


Aiming for advocacy: The American Diabetes Association - West Michigan

Submitted 12-20-2016 under OPINION

The American Diabetes Association - West Michigan is striving to help make Michigan more aware of the risks of diabetes.


Experience of food insecurity inspires Grand Valley student to help others

Submitted 12-15-2016 under NONPROFITS

As a kid, film student Gabby Vernon struggled with food insecurity. Now she's using her craft to feed others.


Calm in the chaos: Life of a therapy dog volunteer

Submitted 12-13-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

One therapy dog and her owner bring smiles and hope to difficult situations through their volunteer work.


Buddhism professor's journey from Christianity to a blissful state of "I don't know."

Submitted 12-13-2016 under OPINION

Student Alanna Sanchez interviews Jeremy Beahan, a humanities professor at Kendall College Art and Design on his faith journey.


Encore! A national movement expands locally

Submitted 12-12-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

The Grand Rapids Encore initiative encourages 50+ to use their skills and experience for the good of the community.


Building community around a tabletop

Submitted 12-08-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

In the past few years, the tabletop gaming industry has skyrocketed, and Grand Rapids has been a great hub for its community.


Local professor engages social work students in understanding poverty

Submitted 11-04-2016 under NONPROFITS

Greg Scott, Professor of Social Work and Social Work Program Director at Kuyper College leads students through poverty simulation exercises to better prepare them for their careers.