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How Michigan's car insurance rates are keeping people in poverty

A new policy brief published this month by the Poverty Solutions department at University of Michigan confirms what we’ve known all along — Michigan car insurance rates are too damn high. Because of this, many of our residents drive uninsured, posing a huge financial risk to themselves and those around them. In this study, Patrick Cooney, Elizabeth Phillips and Joshua Rivera conclude that the high costs of auto insurance is an effective barrier to mobility from poverty across the state, preventing people from improving their economic status. 

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Living abroad: A reflection

I recall sitting in my capstone class and listening to a guest alumna speak about teaching abroad in South Korea. I remember thinking, “Wow, that sounds so cool. But I don’t want to teach English. That’s not within my career interests.” And now here I am; four years later and I’ve been teaching English and living in the Czech Republic for almost two years. 

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Admissions Scam: Affirmative Action for the rich?

Apparently having your parents fund a new campus library isn’t enough to get you admitted to the top schools in the country anymore, as has already swept social media. Eight universities, including Stanford and Yale, have been definitively implicated in an admissions bribery scandal. 50 people have been charged and 30 arrested for involvement in what the U.S. Department of Justice is calling a nationwide conspiracy between rich parents, athletic coaches, a university athletics director and SAT and ACT exam administrators. 

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Struggling with drug addiction in college? You’re not alone

The most difficult part was admitting I had a problem. I was a high-achieving student in high school, and my first semester in college I did really well. But then slowly I began to slip. I started skipping class, not doing my homework and failing tests. There were times I didn’t leave my room for days. My grades started to drop as I was developing this depression, which severely worsened it.

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Guest column: Taking the career path less traveled

Life after graduating can be weird, as many people in their early 20s can attest to. Going from taking classes, living with friends, partying and working when you can to moving to a different city, working full time and trying to figure out taxes can be tough, to say the least.   After graduating with a journalism degree from GVSU and two years of working as a reporter, I found myself wanting more. I spent a lot of time (probably too much) dreaming of running away to Europe and going on the ever-so-cliche trip to figure out what I wanted to do with my life.

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College crocks: Self-Care

College is an intense roller coaster that stops for no one and if you don’t care for yourself in the correct and most fulfilling ways then you will never be able to finish the ride. The practice of self-care has been thrown around a lot these days, especially in the teens to twenties range. What I have noticed is that there are two ways people react when they hear self-care: brush it off like you are too good for it and that you don’t need it or unleash your love for it and bombard the unlucky victim with all of your at-home remedies, tips and tricks. Whichever side you stray toward, everyone takes care of themselves in some way or another. Even the person that states that they are too good for it without a doubt throws their shoes off after a long day, pours themselves a cup of ice cold lemonade and watches the sun go down behind some peaceful rolling hills… or maybe something similar. 

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Why you should go see Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel is Marvel Studios’ latest release, a truly unique movie about a photon-blasting superhero from outer space who fights aliens and teams up with Samuel L. Jackson. The film stars Room’s Brie Larson as the titular Captain Marvel, the aforementioned Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury (but with two eyes this time), and Jude Law. You should go see it for two reasons.

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The 2020 Democratic ballot is getting crowded, fast

It’s not every election that the party opposing a sitting president has to start planning their primary debate a year early in order to make sure it can accommodate all of its candidates. Political pundits in 2016 thought seventeen Republican candidates was flooding the field; this year, they’ve been surprised again by the almost three dozen presidential hopefuls eyeing the Democratic nomination.

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Rain, sleet or snow

Recently we were hit with a freezing “polar vortex” that shut down campus for an entire week. While some enjoyed the “early spring break,” not everyone got the week off.

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