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LIBRARY LESSONS

Published 12/07/14 11:31pm

With the semester coming to a close, many Lakers have gone into full-study mode for the final week to prepare for exams. Every nook and cranny of the library is packed, and with it being open 24/7 for exams, students can literally claim their spot for days. We would just like to take a moment to remind everyone of some etiquette for the library so that we can all get through exams as smoothly as possible.


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LAKER LEGACY

It’s that time of year again. The semester is winding down, finals are upon us and graduating seniors are getting ready to walk across the stage on their big day.

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IMPROVED SAFETY

The safety of students should be the No. 1 priority for a university. Grand Valley State University, despite being known for having one of the safest campuses, has had multiple incidents occur this year that have threatened the safety of students.

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FROSTY RETURNS

Whether you’re ready or not, it appears that winter is quickly advancing toward West Michigan. Though the snow melted over the weekend, this is likely only a brief reprieve. We at the Lanthorn encourage students to take this time to get any last minute supplies before the white fluff returns.

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GETTING GREENER

Grand Valley State University prides itself on being an eco-friendly school, and their zero-waste campaign is just another successful step in the right direction.

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KEEP CAMPUS CLEAN

At Grand Valley State University, students are allowed to smoke on campus as long as they are 25 feet away from buildings, bus stops on campus property and the Little Mac Bridge. GVSU is increasing awareness about the university’s smoking policy through the “Respect Our Campus” campaign

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POWER OF COURTS

In March, a federal judge overturned a state constitutional amendment in Michigan banning same-sex marriage. Last week, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned this ruling, which had the effect of upholding Michigan’s gay marriage ban.

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RECOGNIZE VETERANS

In recent years, the number of student veterans on college campuses has been growing. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, in 2009, there were approximately 500,000 student veterans receiving education benefits. In 2013, there were over one million. In addition, this number is estimated to increase by 20 percent in the next few years.

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FIND THE FACTS

Grand Valley State University has recently created its own Ebola task force. This group of individuals is responsible for preparing to handle an Ebola issue if one were to arise, including identifying resources available, organizations they would contact and procedures that would be followed.

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GRADES OVER GUNS

We would like to thank Benjamin Soltis, a GVSU student and a member of the Student Senate’s finance committee, for taking the initiative and working with the university to revise student code on this issue.

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