editorial

Why students should be engaging outside the classroom

At any "good" university, the academics are going to be rigorous, as they should be. When students are appropriately challenged in the classroom, though, it can be difficult for them to fit in extracurricular activities, including ones that may actually enhance their academic learning, provide them with real-world experience, build their resumes and ultimately give them a leg up in the job market. In fact, extracurricular activities like internships, research and study abroad may even prove to be more valuable for students in the long term than countless hours spent studying and attending classes.

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Getting the support they need

Grand Valley State University was recently awarded a $375,000 grant to fund an initiative called "Fostering Laker Success," a program designed to support students who have been in foster care. In a sea of more than 25,000 students, it is often easy for individuals, particularly students from difficult or complicated backgrounds, to feel neglected. This grant, though, which was authored by two GVSU staff members, is a concrete example of GVSU's commitment to work actively toward creating a prosperous and inclusive campus life for all students.

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Fresh faces

Throughout the 2016-17 academic year, we've gotten used to the leadership style of the current student senate body. From resolutions passed to recommendations made for the university, this year's senate body has been busy making their time at Grand Valley State University count.

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Lifelong learning

If you're not a religious person, it can be easy to brush off religious holidays as they come and go every year, especially if it's not Christmas. This Sunday is Easter, a Christian holiday, and— unless you celebrate the holiday or have kids hunting for eggs— many people won't do more than shrug. And many Christians who do celebrate the holiday, may not know much about religions other than their own.

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Recognizing accomplishments

This week, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) will be hosting the 21st annual Student Scholars Day (SSD) at Grand Valley State University. That's 21 years of students showcasing their scholarly research and creative work using a variety of mediums, including poster boards, panel discussions and live performances.

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Think twice before you post

Though each person has the right to their own opinions, when you are associated with a certain organization, your opinions are going to be reflected on that group whether it's intentional or not. Whether or not you think this is fair, this is still something that happens.

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