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What's wrong with being confident?

Telling women to cover up their bodies hardly encourages body love and empowerment. And for health and safety reasons? You’ve got to be kidding me. Is an inch of skin around the waist really that much more dangerous than the skin on the shoulders, thighs and arms? I’m no expert, but I think not. 

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College crocks: Eating... why? Where? How much?

“Wait, how much is this gonna cost?” is the thought that runs through my head whenever I go into a grocery store, gas station, Campus Dining location and even my own house. The fear of buying groceries and all the financial problems that come with going to college have hypnotized me into being a penny-pincher. 

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Letter to the Editor: GVSU funding

Unfortunately, there is one thing I learned that is very negative. The State of Michigan is dramatically underfunding GVSU relative to all other Michigan universities except one. If you accept the premise that the State of Michigan has an interest in helping Michigan residents secure a college degree, you will be appalled to learn that GVSU receives only $3,500 per student from the State of Michigan. Our friends at the University of Michigan receive $19,600 per Michigan student. That is a 560 percent or $16,100 per student advantage. This is wrong. 

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A word on violence against minorities in mass-media

About a week ago in an interview with Clémence Michallon for The Independent, action movie star Liam Neeson shared a very upsetting story: after learning that a friend was sexually assaulted by a black man, Neeson wandered around outside of bars hoping that a black person would pick a fight with him so that he could kill them. Neeson went on to say that he’s ashamed of having done this, but even though what he did was deeply problematic, it’s also very familiar. 

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What Nike doesn’t want you to know

Clothes shopping is a big part of our culture; it’s how we express our personalities and show off to the world. Even though we love shopping, we typically don’t pay attention to where our clothes are made. Sure, it’s a common joke that everything is “made in China,” but the conversation doesn’t go far beyond that. There’s actually a dark truth behind where our clothes come from.  

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Column: GVSU basketball needs to stay consistent on offense to contend in the GLIAC

It appears that the Lakers are starting to right their losing ways, as they earned arguably their biggest victory of the season this past weekend, going on the road to beat No. 7 Ashland 60-53. However, despite that, big wins haven’t come often this season for GVSU. Before Saturday’s win, the Lakers had previously lost five of their last seven games, including a winning drought that lasted nearly two months, with their last road victory coming against Quincy on Saturday, Dec. 16.

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LBGT representation: is it changing?

On Thursday, Jan. 31, actress Ellen Page gave a powerful interview on The Late Show with Steven Colbert about the harmful effects of hateful leadership in our country and around the globe. Page hadn’t been on the show since shortly after coming out as a lesbian in 2014, and though ostensibly she was there to promote her new Netflix show The Umbrella Academy, interviewer Stephen Colbert’s questions jumped almost immediately to the challenges still facing the LGBT community even in today’s “more accepting” America.

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The people we forget, forgot

I was a writer for my high school newspaper in 2014 when news broke of the violent execution of American journalist James Foley at the hands of the infamous terrorist group ISIS. In our newspaper class, we took the time to talk about the risks of reporting in unstable parts of the world or on dangerous people.

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