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Promoting facts in the anti-vaxx debate

In recent months, the war between anti-vaxxers and vaxxers has raged on with the outbreak of Measles throughout the United States. In Michigan, the outbreak has spread throughout Oakland and Wayne counties. While measles vaccinations aren’t required for attendance at Grand Valley State University, many students, faculty and staff are urging Lakers to get their vaccines. 

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Mind the gap: What young professionals can consider about pay equity

The conclusion of the semester is drawing closer, and so students at Grand Valley State University are thinking ahead. For students who are gearing up for their first job after graduation, factors such as location, compensation and benefits are considered before accepting any offers. In light of Equal Pay Day on April 2, students should also take into consideration whether or not their potential employers are transparent about how they pay employees. 

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When political views clash, civility trumps all

President Donald J. Trump's recent visit to Grand Rapids exemplified one of the great things about American democracy: the opportunity to openly express one's ideas. From supporters to protesters alike, Grand Rapids civilians took to the streets to make their opinions known. While some folks may have been there to ruffle some feathers, most attendees conformed peacefully at the rally. The recent era of protesting policies and political figures has sparked conversations across the globe about what it means to be an active citizen.

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Celebrating women's accomplishments of yesterday, today and tomorrow

While Women's History Month is indeed a time to look back and celebrate those who have brought our society forward, it is also a time to push for the advancement of women today. Grand Valley State University is one institution that elected to do just that when selecting Philomena Mantella as the next president of GVSU, the first woman president of the university. The advancement of women has felt so strong in the past year, with the appointment of Mantella and the slew of women taking seats in Congress and positions of power across the country. It appears that not just the future but the present is in-fact, female.

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Do you have five minutes to spare a life?

Each day, on average, 88 lives are saved by an organ transplant in the United States; but 22 people die each day waiting for a transplant that never comes, according to organdonor.gov. A new person is added to the wait list every 10 minutes. The need for organ transplants rapidly outpaces the rate of donor registrations. Many health organizations turn to college campuses for their outreach and awareness projects because college-aged students are generally the best organ donor candidates, so it's up to us to take the simple steps that could save lives. 

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When the library must make cuts, students bleed

When a person decides to further their education and pursue a degree, the availability of credible educational resources is just as important as which institution and which program they select. A well-organized and well-staffed library is arguably the single most important tool any student or scholar could ever utilize. That being said, Grand Valley State University’s lack of $800,000 to supplement the University Libraries budget by January 2020 would be counterproductive as it pertains to giving students and instructors the access they need to subscription-based academic journals and other valuable academic resources.

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Get your vaccinations, protect your community

While the university does not require vaccinations, just as Michigan's 12 other universities do not, they do recommend them. In fact, GVSU openly encourages the following vaccines: influenza, MMR, meningitis, meningitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, varicella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, HPV, pneumococcal and polio.  It is not enough, however, for a university to just ask this of their community. Parents and individuals across the country must take the timely precautions to vaccinate themselves and their children, in the case of those who can. 

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Seeing both perspectives in the Greek Life debate

The stereotypes surrounding college Greek organizations can often lean toward the negative, with the usual images of partying, drinking and hazing coming to mind. Media and movies like the 1978 film Animal House reinforce these images and continue to churn out false beliefs of what Greek Life is meant to be about. At Grand Valley State University, there is a strange teetering of viewpoints when it comes to Greek organizations, between the various fraternities that have been suspended or kicked off campus and the large fundraising contributions for sake of philanthropy.

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