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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MLK Day: Injustice anywhere

As someone who grew up in a predominantly white area, having Martin Luther King Day as an actual day off of school is a weird experience. It’s not that we didn’t know it was a national holiday, it’s just that for some reason we all decided to celebrate that national holiday by having a bunch of elementary schoolers write poems about being nice and called it a day.

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Half a world away

 It’s impossible to know about every single issue happening around the world. Many of us try to stay on top of the news as best we can, but it’s difficult with our busy lives. Not only that, spending time reading about all the different tragedies in the world can be extremely depressing, especially when it feels as though there’s nothing you can do to help. But what if you could make a difference?

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The longest shutdown in United States history

As of Sunday, Jan. 13, Trump’s border wall has now instigated the longest shutdown of government agencies in United States history. The previous record breaker was a 21 day shutdown in 1996 (a length less daunting now in retrospect) which had been driven by a very different budget conflict. Then-President Bill Clinton vetoed the republican majority’s significant budget cuts, concerned about hikes in medicare premiums and slashes in education and the environment.

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Traits of a good roommate

One of the best parts about the college experience is the new people you meet and bond with, particularly the ones you live with. Simultaneously, roommates can be a frustrating and challenging part of campus living as well. Whether you move in with an old friend or start fresh with an unfamiliar face, you can’t always control how considerate your roommate will be. What you can control, though, is how considerate you are. There are several traits a good roommate has, all of which are based on respect and personal responsibility. 

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