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Off-campus housing complexes should stop offering tanning

Few feelings are better than lying out to tan and enjoying the warmth of the sun, especially considering the distinct lack of sunlight in Allendale lately. To remedy this lack of warmth, many people find themselves resorting to tanning beds to get that bronzy glow. However, because of the dangers associated with the radiation brought on by tanning beds, as well as other negative side effects, frequent tanners are putting themselves at serious risk.  With nearly one dozen locations scattered near Grand Valley State University for students to utilize for tanning, it’s easier than ever for young adults to open themselves up to the risk of developing cancer at an early age as a result of frequenting tanning beds. 

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Presidential Search Advisory Committee should listen to public desire for next president

The Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) at Grand Valley State University fielded concerns from the GVSU community Thursday, April 12, and Friday, April 13, to learn what students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public are looking for in the university's next president. The PSAC would do well to listen to the GVSU community's wishes for its next leader. 

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GVSU should consider emergency campus phones

More than 600 people have signed an online petition campaigning for emergency blue light telephones to be installed on Grand Valley State University's Allendale Campus. While these emergency phones might not be particularly effective, the sense of safety they would give students would be worth the cost of installing them.

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GVSU continues to fight to end victim blaming

Grand Valley State University administration, departments and student organizations should be commended for their continued efforts to crush victim blaming, snuff out rape culture in our communities and provide support for victims. By definition, rape and sexual assault are never the fault of the victims. It's time to end that toxic association forever, and that starts with us right here at GVSU. 

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GVSU should consider campus smoking ban

At its general assembly Thursday, March 29, Grand Valley State University’s student senate considered whether or not to support a smoking-ban proposal presented by representatives of different GVSU departments. A smoking ban (at least on cigarettes, not necessarily e-cigarettes and vaporizers) is definitely something GVSU should consider implementing. 

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The importance of lending your voice

On Monday, March 26, Grand Valley State University alumna and investigative reporter for the Indianapolis Star Marisa Kwiatkowski returned to campus to deliver two separate talks about her part in breaking the USA Gymnastics/Larry Nassar story. A big takeaway from the event was speaking out in support of victims to bring about large-scale change.

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'March for Our Lives' proves youth have been underestimated

Grand Rapid's student-run version of the national "March for Our Lives" attracted thousands of participants on Saturday, March 24. This type of turnout served as a blunt contradiction to the image of teenage uselessness painted by politicians and others who have outspokenly doubted the power of today's youth to participate so actively and effectively in the political sphere. 

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Finding the next face of GVSU

On Tuesday, March 20, Grand Valley State University announced the members of the president search advisory committee (PSAC) tasked with finding President Thomas Haas' replacement. Made up of faculty, administration, one student representative and others, the committee will assist a hired search firm to find the institution's next president. 

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