Not being able to find Common Ground

This past week I attended an event hosted by Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and the Division of Inclusion and Equity called “Race and the American Dream.” The event was a Common Ground Initiative and involved a moderated discussion between two journalists: a progressive Nikole Hannah-Jones and a conservative Jason Riley. Yet, despite the moderator’s best efforts the two guests were unable to find common ground.

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Millennials: who's to blame?

Something our society does very well is put the blame on people, or groups of people. Regardless of the situation, we won’t work our way out of it until we first figure out whom to blame. Well, lately it seems that we’ve been having so many different problems that society is getting lazy. Instead of getting to the root of the issue, society keeps pointing the blame at one particular group, over and over: millennials.

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What happens after Trump takes office?

The time has come, and as of Friday, Jan. 20, president-elect Donald Trump will become President Donald Trump. Over the last couple of months Americans have dealt with this news with either jubilation, despair or a sense of uneasiness. With almost 3 million popular votes for Hillary Clinton falling on deaf ears, many Americans have felt that this election exposed the inadequacies of a dated polling system based on electoral votes. With this knowledge in hand, those who don’t approve of the election results now have some decisions to make.

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Snow and ice make for hazardous conditions

Well, Michigan’s January weather has certainly begun to set in. As I’m sure we’ve all noticed, the roads and sidewalks have become very icy this past week. Seeing as classes were cancelled on Thursday, that’s a pretty serious issue. And although it hasn’t been too much of an issue recently, I have a feeling more snow is definitely on the way before winter’s over. So this is a reminder about the hazards of good old winter weather.

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Making light of tragedy

Explosions, a love story, an unquestionably heroic main character: these are typical elements that make up your average action movie. Are they appropriate though when you apply them to a “based on true events” story about a tragedy?

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The Bachelor: a guilty pleasure

You know the times are changing when ‘The Bachelor’ now spans across genders. No longer do men have to hold on to the savory details relayed to them by their girlfriends. No, in fact, it is completely acceptable, even encouraged, for anyone to watch ‘The Bachelor’ and not list it as a guilty pleasure, because there is nothing to feel guilty about. Just downright riveting TV.

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Being an (in)dependent throughout life

Independence is a fallacy. As much as we may cultivate pride from “self reliance,” the essence of humanity is rooted in dependency. Infancy marks the start. Tears stream. Mama feed me. Cries and shrieks; daddy clean me. Piercing yells. Hold me. But that's just when we're babies, right?

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Being successful in 2017

Not only does January mark the beginning of 2017, it also marks the beginning of my last semester at Grand Valley State University. Throughout my time at school, GVSU has gone from an on the rise university to one of the better universities in Michigan.

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Double standards of attendance

Getting out of bed at 8 a.m. is hard, getting to class by 8 a.m. is even harder. I am by no means a morning person, in fact I’m barely an afternoon person, but still I tried to schedule myself a class bright and early two days out of the week this previous semester.

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