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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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In support of the school walkouts

"Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world ... would do this, it would change the earth." The quote above, famously said by American writer William Faulkner, perfectly symbolizes the events that occurred Wednesday, March 14, as thousands of students walked out of their classrooms in a protest movement over gun violence. This demonstration came after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people at a high school. 

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BOTV a tradition worth keeping

After a few weeks of deliberation, the Grand Valley State University student senate finally voted Thursday, March 1, to continue the annual Battle of the Valleys charity competition against Saginaw Valley State University.  While some senators had expressed concern that the competition might not be well-known enough to be worth keeping (reflected in the 12 votes against continuing it), Battle of the Valleys is arguably one of the only Laker Traditions that has a tangible and significant effect on the surrounding community.

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President Haas leaving big shoes to fill

At a gathering of administrators, faculty, staff and students, Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas announced his impending retirement Wednesday, Feb. 28. As one would expect, his surprise announcement has been met with emotional cries of nostalgia from the campus community. Haas, affectionately dubbed "T. Haas" by students, has had an immeasurable impact on the university and will be leaving his yet-to-be-determined successor with enormous shoes to fill.

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Responding constructively to Parkland shooting

In the wake of the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida, many people are joining together in solidarity with the shooting survivors to fight for change. While another mass shooting staining our country's history books has reignited the age-old gun-control debate and emboldened online trolls, plenty of people have been reacting to the tragedy peacefully and with outward expressions of solidarity in order to not produce any more hurt. This response speaks to a larger issue: Peaceful protests, or nonviolent protests that don't involve hurting people or property, are a good way to make our voices heard. 

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We shouldn't hate the unknown

In an inspiring lecture from Daryl Davis, author of "Klan-destine Relationships: A Black Man’s Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan," the Grand Valley State University community was reminded that striving to understand others' beliefs is key in bridging the gap between people.

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GVSU officials need to be transparent with Presidents' Ball cost

Many Grand Valley State University students are completely unaware of how much Presidents' Ball costs to put on. The allocation amount is accessible, but the actual budget in full is not readily available to students, nor is it particularly transparent, despite the event's cost being described as such by many officials. The least that students should expect from those in charge of planning and funding the event is explicit accuracy and transparency. If an event is taking place to get prospective students to come to GVSU, the students who go here now should know what they're paying for first. 

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On thoughts and prayers

On Wednesday, Feb. 14, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was the site of a deadly mass shooting. At the time of writing, at least 17 were dead and there were multiple others wounded.  How much blood has to be spilled for legislators to bring more than thoughts and prayers to the table?

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