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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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Profits over protection: NCAA inaction puts players' health on the line

The recent announcement of a new lawsuit accusing the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) of being “in favor of profits and self-promotion” over the safety of its players may sound like a large claim to some, but it rings as a repetitive headline to many. The new lawsuit sound eerily similar to an accusation filed in August that hits close to home: a lawsuit filed by the widow of the late Grand Valley State University quarterback Cullen Finnerty. 

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Finding resources during prominent S.A.D. months

The coming winter months bring more than just snow to west Michigan. The cold winds, blistering snow and absence of the sun contribute to the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which over 10 million Americans experience. SAD, known more commonly as seasonal depression, causes fatigue, decreased activity and feelings of hopelessness. With Grand Valley State University being located in an area of the United States that sees minimal amounts of sunlight during the winter months, it is important that students are aware of how weather conditions can affect their mood and productivity.

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Flunked: How GV's exam schedule is failing its students

On Thursday Nov. 8, Student Senate voted on a resolution to allow students to move an exam if three or more of their finals fall on the same day. The resolution was written by Student Senator Ethan Schafer to address the lack of policy surrounding multiple exams being stacked on the same day. The University Academic Senate and other faculty departments will review the approved resolution before a policy can be enacted. This resolution brings to light Grand Valley State University's complicated final exam schedule algorithm and how it is poorly affecting student's academic success.

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The weighty outcomes of reporting sexual assault

While living in the #MeToo era, more and more people feel empowered to use their voice and stand up for themselves when they are assaulted and are feeling more safe to be vocal about their past experiences.  Law enforcement officials, schools and authority figures everywhere are taking sexual violence claims far more seriously than they used to, even in recent years, and reputable establishments know they will be lynched if they don’t appropriately address allegations of this nature. 

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Why GV safety alerts aren't enough for student safety

GVPD only issues safety alerts for cases of sexual assault where there may be a threat to the community. In instances where perpetrators are identified or in police custody, alerts are usually not issued.  Is this giving a false representation of the number of sexual assaults near GVSU? Students may fall into the belief that the low number of alerts is conducive to a low number of sexual assaults. While these alerts help keep the community informed on some assaults, students are missing out on vital information that could impact their homes and their lives. 

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The reality of the broke college student trope

As tuition and housing rates continue to increase, so does the age-old joke about the poor college student. The reference to being a 'broke college student' continues to be commonly referenced as students trash-pick old furniture, eat ramen and donate to BioLife for spending money. To struggle financially while getting a degree has almost become a rite of passage that builds character for those on the brink of adulthood.  All jokes aside, evidence shows that more than a quarter of college students are experiencing actual poverty, often in the form of hunger. Many students find themselves to be food insecure, unsure where their next meal will come from.

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Drunk driving: if you see something, say something

Even though we have been told to avoid it at all costs from the time we were young, people everywhere, every day, are still choosing to drive drunk. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Association (NHTSA), even though fatalities from drunk-driving have fallen in the past few decades, drunk driving crashes still claim more than 10,000 lives every year. It is baffling that with all of the tragedies, consequences and possible means of transportation that thousands are still choosing to drive under the influence of alcohol. Is it merely the convenience that pushes drivers to get behind the wheel? Perhaps it is time that the friends of these drivers begin stepping in to stop these crashes from happening

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