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PARTING ADVICE FROM THE LANTHORN

Published 04/16/14 8:44pm

The time has almost come. Students, faculty and staff, about one more week and you've made it through another (perhaps your last) academic year. Congratulations!


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OPENING DISCUSSION

This weekend, Grand Valley State University hosted the Grand Dialogue to open discussion about the relationship between science and religion.
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CORRECTING POLICIES

At the beginning of the winter 2014 semester, students received an email from the Grand Valley Police Department notifying students of a sexual assault that took place on the downtown Grand Valley State University campus.
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TOO MUCH RECOGNITION?

Last week, the Grand Valley State University Student Senate hosted its second town hall meeting to discuss donor relations with members of the Board of Trustees. More than 50 members of the campus community including students, staff, faculty and administrators came to weigh in on the discussion.
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REPRIORITIZE

When we were children, we often fielded the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And we naturally articulated dreams of becoming firefighters, doctors or teachers. For most of us, our answers were inspired by selfless visions of service, and we justified our answers by a simply desire to “help people” and make an impact in their community.
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TAKE A STAND

It’s almost time, Lakers! It’s almost time for the school year to be done and the summer to begin. This means different things to every student — studying abroad, internships, jobs, relaxation, vacationing. Take your pick. But the quickly approaching summer also means the same thing to every student: a rush to complete things before the school year ends.
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TAKE YOUR PICK

People like to complain. Just a fact. And if you’re a person, you likely have complaints. And if you’re a Grand Valley State University student, your list of complaints probably includes a point or two about the way the university runs or meets your needs.
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RELIGIOUS INCLUSIVENESS

Yesterday, we hiked up two floors to check out the interfaith “prayer room” that the Office of Student Life arranged on the second floor of the Kirkhof Center. Overlooking the busy hall outside the LGBT Resource Center and within earshot of the whirring blenders from the Lobby Shop, the cubicle — yes, cubicle — was, at that time, hosting two students with books and munchies spread out across the long conference table in its center.
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PLAY HOOKY

One-hundred ninety-seven million. That’s how many square miles you have to explore on this planet, to explore our humanity and the various chemicals and organisms complementing your existence. It’s probably safe to say that you have countless opportunities to learn outside your 25-square-foot classroom.
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BRINGING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER

Forget, for a second, the struggle for land and power that dates beyond your honored grandparents. Forget the blows you delivered your neighbor, and your neighbor to you.
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