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We’re harming more than just the president

Our current presidential administration has seen its fair share of scandals. There have been plenty of news cycles concerned with firings, hirings and much more. However, in the last few months we’ve also seen an uptake in discussion about claims related to Donald Trump’s infidelity. While I am a proponent of honesty I do believe that in this case some matters are better left private. 

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Guest column: Let's talk about stress

Our senior year of college is one that, by design, causes us to reflect. We reflect on the times we’ve had through a series of “lasts,” and we critically analyze the work we’ve done in our capstones—the culminating point of our undergraduate careers. In our communications capstone, we’ve worked with the combined knowledge and experience of the class to fully analyze community and the significance of that definition in our lives.  Furthermore, as a small group, we, the authors of this piece, have worked to identify key issues within two communities with which we are familiar. And as seniors getting ready to graduate, we thought it fitting to take the time to review our last few years as members of these two groups: Grand Valley State University students, and Grand Valley State University students with part-time jobs. 

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Cynthia Nixon a refreshing choice for governor

Politics have long been considered a field that is predominantly filled with old, white men. This assumption isn’t surprising considering that even today, less than 20 percent of congressional positions are filled with either a woman and/or a minority. However, this year’s election cycle has recorded a record number of women running for office, which is, in my opinion, a change for the better. One of those women is Cynthia Nixon, and she is a great example of the refreshing change that is starting to show in politics.

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Review: Netflix’s 'The Crown' makes history more accessible

For roughly a year and a half, Netflix has been releasing episodes of an original show called "The Crown," which documents the life of England’s current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. The show is an interesting break away from a lot of the work currently on air or online because it takes a look back at the past. "The Crown" is certainly not a documentary, but I believe that Netflix’s choice to make this show is a great step toward combining education and entertainment.

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How to cut down on stress before finals

Finals week is fast approaching, along with hours of studying and stress. It seems like the week before finals should be left for studying, but most of us don’t get that pleasure. Not only do we have final exams to study for, but we also have essays to write, projects to complete and chapter tests to take. To say the least, the week prior to finals is difficult. With this huge workload, it’s no wonder students are so stressed out during this time of the semester. 

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Column: What went wrong with the Detroit Pistons

It’s a rough time to be a Detroit sports fan. While cities like Boston, Philadelphia, and Cleveland are riding a recent wave of success across their major sports (excluding the Philadelphia Phillies and Cleveland Browns, sorry), Detroit has abruptly sunk from being a top three sports town in the U.S.

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What to take away from Michigan’s fight for water

Living in the Great Lakes State has made many of us take water for granted. We’re surrounded by a shocking 21 percent of the Earth’s fresh water, which means we never have to deal with shortages unlike the rest of the world and even the rest of the country. In the last week or so, many of the residents in Michigan have been protesting the increase in the amount of water allowed to be pumped by Nestle because they are worried about its consequences. Those people are right to be worried, but there is an even bigger problem at hand.  

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Clear backpacks not the solution to gun violence

Following the massacre that left 17 people dead, new safety measures have gone into effect at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD). These safety measures include identification badges, barricades, bag checks and, most controversially, a requirement for students to carry clear backpacks. Since these measures have gone into effect, many Douglas students have shared their frustrations, and their message is plain and simple: Clear backpacks are not a solution to gun violence in schools.  

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Student senate wise to vote against smoking-ban proposal

Growing up, I was always told that smoking is bad, so when I first read the headline “Student senate votes against proposal to ban smoking on campus,” I was genuinely surprised. At first, I couldn’t think of a single reason to continue to allow smoking, but then I thought a little longer and I appreciated student senate’s choice. 

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