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How to prepare for Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame comes out on April 26 (that’s less than two weeks away!) and a lot of people are going to go see it; the President of Fandango, a company that sells movie tickets in advance, said that they’ve already sold millions, and that was over a week ago. Whether you’re a fan of superhero movies or not, it’s hard to deny that this movie will have a big audience. And because Endgame is the 22nd movie in the Marvel Studios franchise, people are wondering how to prepare for its release.

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Free speech and censorship on college campuses

There are certain times of year at GVSU where students who might been viewed by onlookers as at-risk for unplanned pregnancies try to avoid the area around the clock tower (or at least walk very quickly around it.) Last year, it was a few ladies handing out roses to women who looked like they might need the attached informational tag about abortion alternatives. Definitely weird, but kind of flattering in a way that made it difficult to complain about. Last week’s demonstration was decidedly less friendly, as the student organization Protect Life at GVSU held their “Cemetery of the Innocents” near the Cook Carillon Tower from April 8 to 11. 

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Letter to the Editor: SVSU on Battle of the Valley

Dear editor, I am writing in response to the article published by the Lanthorn, “Student senate votes to discontinue Battle of the Valleys fundraising competition.” I am currently president of the Saginaw Valley State University Student Association, and last year I served as philanthropy chair for SA, which placed me in a position to lead SVSU’s fundraising efforts during Battle of the Valleys week.

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Meet the Real "Einstein Bros"

Einstein Bros Bagels, a once bankrupted corporation owned by Boston Chicken Inc. (never by actual brothers with the surname Einstein, as I had always assumed), was purchased and resurrected by JAB Holdings in 2014 - a conglomerate featuring households names like Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread, Keurig Coffee and, apparently, the Nazi party of Germany.

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Don't just boycott, donate

As of Wednesday, April 3, gay sex is punishable by death in the small Asian country of Brunei. The cruel new law has been condemned by the international community, and by some prominent LGBT activists such as Elton John and Ellen DeGeneres. Many have called for boycotts of Brunei’s luxury hotels, airline companies and oil. However, realistically, none of these efforts will result in much, if any, change. Instead, there should be broader support of LGBT charities and organization that help those persecuted under similar draconian laws worldwide.

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Family? In college?

When wide-eyed high schoolers set off for college, family is always in some part of their minds. When is my family coming up? Am I too far from home? Should I call and ask for food? I really miss my mom. Should I call home? In some way or another, every college kid is thinking about their family and loved ones. 

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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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