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Published 11/20/14 1:01am

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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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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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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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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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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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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In the United States, violence and sexual assault are hard topics to discuss. They are often glazed over, ignored and brushed past. People don’t want to address uncomfortable issues such as domestic violence or rape, especially in a public debate forum.
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Michigan's general election is now less than 10 days away. While the last day to register was Oct. 6, the Lanthorn encourages everyone who is already registered to vote to participate. On Nov. 4, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Absentee ballots are also an option for members of the Grand Valley State University community who can't make it in to the polls. 

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Facilitating Health

In the "What's Your Problem?" response article in this issue, Grand Valley State University student Caitlin Shea noted that the lack of an exercise facility on the Pew Campus is a missed opportunity for the university to prepare their students for the future.

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This year, Grand Valley State University is taking a new approach to an old tradition. Rather than donating to just one charity during this year's Battle of the Valleys, GVSU has created the Children's Fund, which has the potential to benefit multiple charities or student organizations working with children.

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