Guest column: 'No phone' zones

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 25, pedestrians in Honolulu will be ticketed and fined $35 if they are caught viewing their electronic devises while crossing the street. Honolulu is the first city in the U.S. to enact such a ban. Might Grand Valley State University wish to consider a similar policy not only while crossing busy streets but in other areas of the university? 

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Drawing the line between cultural appropriation, appreciation in Halloween costumes

Halloween is here, and you know what that means? Candy corn, pumpkins and children dressing up in racist costumes from other cultures. Wait, what? Over the last few years, I’ve noticed an increase in the number of arguments made against certain types of Halloween costumes, and while I understand and appreciate some of the points made, I also think that some of these ideas could equate to more harm than good. 

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How the cosmetics industry supports animal abuse

Cosmetic products are "pretty" makers: They’re supposed to make our skin look flawless, our lips look bigger and our eyes look more vivid. However, underneath all the glitter and beauty lies a very gruesome truth: Our artificial prettiness is a product of the lives and well-being of animals.

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Too 'happy' for horror: 'Happy Death Day' pokes fun at classic genre tropes

There’s nothing like being scared out of your wits to make a joke twice as hilarious as it should have been. Maybe the punchline is just harder to see coming when you’re frightened, or maybe your mind is already so desperate for relief it would have laughed at anything, but whatever the reason, it’s clear that horror and comedy are the chocolate and peanut butter of movie genres. Sure, they’re good separately, but there’s no denying that the combination is on another level entirely

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Why the death penalty should be eliminated

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind." -Mahatma Ghandi  This is a quote to live by. Wanting retribution on someone for committing a heinous crime like murder is an understandable reaction, but killing someone should not be allowed as a punishment because the criminal justice system is not perfect. 

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Letter to the editor: Why Louie the Laker and 'anchor up!' do not represent toxic masculinity

On Thursday, Sept. 21, the Lanthorn published an article written by Professor Steve Tripp titled "Why I will never 'anchor up!' with Louie the Laker." Due to the adverse response this article has created in my own friend groups, my essay disputes claims laid against facets of our Grand Valley State University culture. This essay will not focus on the opinions of Professor Tripp but will instead look at the logic and the arguments they brought to the table. 

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#ButWhyNow: An examination of the #MeToo campaign

Being born a woman means being born into a legacy of fighting for equality. We have made huge strides within the last few centuries garnering things like the right to vote, the right to education and equal pay legislation. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, this equality is more of a facade than a fact. Even in the 21st century, women are plagued by sexual harassment and assault, as shown by the recent Harvey Weinstein allegations.

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'Blade Runner 2049': A fresh take on a cult classic

Sometimes it feels like the only thing Hollywood likes more than making blockbuster hits is remaking those blockbuster hits decades later. "Footloose." "Star Wars." "Poltergeist." Every animated movie Disney has ever made. "Tron." At this point, it’s more shocking when an old classic hasn’t been reimagined for a modern audience than when it’s finally rebooted to cash in on nostalgia at the box office. That being said, the announcement of "Blade Runner 2049" took me completely by surprise.

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