Why we need to stop normalizing stress

Sometimes, as papers and assignment pile up, I feel like I live in a constant state of stress. For college students, extreme levels of stress are really just everyday occurrences that almost feel normal. But really, we shouldn’t normalize heightened stress and we shouldn’t glorify it, either. Stress can be serious, and we should treat it accordingly. While we all experience it in different degrees, stress can affect all areas of life, whether we are aware of it or not. 

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Why you can’t out-exercise a bad diet

It’s a common misconception that exercise is all you need to stay healthy and reach fitness goals. People think going to the gym is going to instantaneously change their health, but this mindset needs to change. Yes, going to the gym is a great step to getting fit, but there is much more to consider. 

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Student senate column: Why GVSU deserves more state funding

Let’s paint a picture: Imagine that your university does get funding from the state, which universities do; however, it is not based on the merits of your university—it is based on something known as base-line funding, and your university gets money through this process. Let me explain why state funding is very important to Grand Valley State University. 

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The dangerous myth of chain migration

Anyone who doesn’t live under a rock could tell you that immigration policy has been a touchy subject in the U.S. for some time now. 2018 certainly hasn’t brought any improvements in this arena, and this January has been especially eventful. 

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How to stay flu-free this semester

Classes are in full swing and that means that germs are, too. Over the last few weeks I’ve noticed a drop in attendance in my classes, and it’s not because students just want to skip. Coughs and sniffles can be heard echoing through the hallways. GVSU seems to be on the receiving end of some nasty illnesses ranging from colds to the flu and everything in between. We’ve all heard it before, but it is important to stay healthy now more than ever. The good news is there are a couple of simple ways to do so.

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Government shutdown shorter than 2013's but just as troubling

It may not feel like it’s been that long, but before the beginning of the three-day government shutdown on Saturday, Jan. 20, it had been over four years since the last time the U.S. had to restrict most of its routine operations because Congress couldn’t agree on how to pay for them. Thankfully, this year’s fiasco ended much more quickly than the 2013 shutdown, which lasted sixteen days and temporarily laid off 850,000 federal employees. 

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Our love/hate relationship with 'fake news'

From President Donald Trump to Pope Francis, the phrase “fake news” has been used quite a bit recently. Our society is constantly exposed to and engulfed in tabloids and the latest celebrity news. From Facebook to Instagram, there is no shortage of entertainment.  This overwhelming production of entertainment news has been coined as the “fake news” era. However, while all of this is just catching up on us, fake news is nothing new.

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