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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How the definition of feminism has been skewed

What is feminism? According to Merriam-Webster, it is “the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.” This definition encompasses the original heart of feminism. However, as decades have passed and new rights for women have been obtained, the already subjective idea of feminism has changed drastically. 

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The downsides of financial security

We all know the obvious dangers of having a lot of money and cherishing every minute of it. We see examples all the time simply reading a paper or turning on the news. But is it only the rich and powerful who fall victim to traps like this? Do you have to be extraordinarily wealthy in order to have the wrong attitude about your money? Of course not. In fact, all it takes is a little overconfidence to get you into trouble. 

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