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Celebrating women's accomplishments of yesterday, today and tomorrow

While Women's History Month is indeed a time to look back and celebrate those who have brought our society forward, it is also a time to push for the advancement of women today. Grand Valley State University is one institution that elected to do just that when selecting Philomena Mantella as the next president of GVSU, the first woman president of the university. The advancement of women has felt so strong in the past year, with the appointment of Mantella and the slew of women taking seats in Congress and positions of power across the country. It appears that not just the future but the present is in-fact, female.

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Do you have five minutes to spare a life?

Each day, on average, 88 lives are saved by an organ transplant in the United States; but 22 people die each day waiting for a transplant that never comes, according to organdonor.gov. A new person is added to the wait list every 10 minutes. The need for organ transplants rapidly outpaces the rate of donor registrations. Many health organizations turn to college campuses for their outreach and awareness projects because college-aged students are generally the best organ donor candidates, so it's up to us to take the simple steps that could save lives. 

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When the library must make cuts, students bleed

When a person decides to further their education and pursue a degree, the availability of credible educational resources is just as important as which institution and which program they select. A well-organized and well-staffed library is arguably the single most important tool any student or scholar could ever utilize. That being said, Grand Valley State University’s lack of $800,000 to supplement the University Libraries budget by January 2020 would be counterproductive as it pertains to giving students and instructors the access they need to subscription-based academic journals and other valuable academic resources.

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Get your vaccinations, protect your community

While the university does not require vaccinations, just as Michigan's 12 other universities do not, they do recommend them. In fact, GVSU openly encourages the following vaccines: influenza, MMR, meningitis, meningitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, varicella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, HPV, pneumococcal and polio.  It is not enough, however, for a university to just ask this of their community. Parents and individuals across the country must take the timely precautions to vaccinate themselves and their children, in the case of those who can. 

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Seeing both perspectives in the Greek Life debate

The stereotypes surrounding college Greek organizations can often lean toward the negative, with the usual images of partying, drinking and hazing coming to mind. Media and movies like the 1978 film Animal House reinforce these images and continue to churn out false beliefs of what Greek Life is meant to be about. At Grand Valley State University, there is a strange teetering of viewpoints when it comes to Greek organizations, between the various fraternities that have been suspended or kicked off campus and the large fundraising contributions for sake of philanthropy.

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Welcome, Madam President

Current charismatic leader, Thomas J. Haas, has rallied around the new appointed president and emphasized how her experience and expertise can be beneficial to the smooth transition of leadership. Haas' reputation as president has earned him a unique adoration from students and a lasting legacy at the university. 'T. Haas' smiles' have been jokingly said to fuel GVSU, with his ability to woo the community shaping his presidency to be overwhelmingly positive. The strong adoration for Haas could be intimidating for incoming leadership, but just as Haas has predicted, President Mantella's background and character will help her take on the new fanbase.

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Student media's struggle for funding should matter to its community

It appears with each passing year, Grand Valley State University receives more and more well-deserved recognition for its health curriculum, its business program, its sustainability practices and many other accolades while just last year, GVSU's television program, West Side Stories, won first place in daily newscast at the Michigan Broadcasters Excellence Awards. The Lanthorn is annually recognized as one of the top student-run newspapers in the state and The Whale Radio station has grown in popularity over recent years. Many of these accomplishments are met with further funding and construction to help these programs flourish, while student media continues to beg for scraps from the Student Life Fund.

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Moving on out, moving on up

At the beginning of winter break, staple GVSU spot Mully's Bar and Grill closed its doors for good, with no notice to its staff or community. Mully's Bar and Grill did not respond to comment regarding the reason for the hasty shutdown, preferring to text their employees days after what would be their final day. The aftermath of Mully's closure left many shocked and confused, but maybe it shouldn't have.

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