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STARTING CONVERSATION

Published 10/29/14 11:50pm

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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A STRUGGLING DEMOCRACY

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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FUNDRAISING RIVALRY

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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CAMPUS CAUTION

Grand Valley State University is known for having a safe campus. In 2012, it was ranked the sixth safest campus in Michigan and in 2011 it was in the top 10.

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TIGHT FIT

At Grand Valley State University, riding the bus is a full contact sport, especially for those students who ride Route 50.

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BEING AWARE

At Grand Valley State University, there are many events held to talk about difficult issues, such as politics and religious differences. But one of the most difficult situations to speak up about is sexual assault, especially if you are a victim.

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FOOD JUSTICE

There is an issue among students that is rarely discussed at Grand Valley State University but is highly prevalent: the affordability of food. Many students groan when they have to spend $50 or more on a grocery trip because it takes out a big portion of their earnings. Most work one or more jobs on top of a full time class load to afford necessities such as rent, gas and textbooks. Often, however, there's not much leftover to buy food for the week.

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PRIORITIES

In the past year, Grand Valley State University has finished construction on a new library, the Seidman College of Business and the James H. Zumberge Hall providing students and faculty with more classrooms, office space and study areas. By next fall, the construction of the new science laboratory building will also be finished. 

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Creating community

In their Religious Inclusion Policy, Grand Valley State University states that it "seeks to include, engage, and support a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff." Currently, however, the 31 percent of the campus community that is not affiliated with a Christian denomination is not being equally supported.

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