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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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Welcome, Madam President

Current charismatic leader, Thomas J. Haas, has rallied around the new appointed president and emphasized how her experience and expertise can be beneficial to the smooth transition of leadership. Haas' reputation as president has earned him a unique adoration from students and a lasting legacy at the university. 'T. Haas' smiles' have been jokingly said to fuel GVSU, with his ability to woo the community shaping his presidency to be overwhelmingly positive. The strong adoration for Haas could be intimidating for incoming leadership, but just as Haas has predicted, President Mantella's background and character will help her take on the new fanbase.

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Student media's struggle for funding should matter to its community

It appears with each passing year, Grand Valley State University receives more and more well-deserved recognition for its health curriculum, its business program, its sustainability practices and many other accolades while just last year, GVSU's television program, West Side Stories, won first place in daily newscast at the Michigan Broadcasters Excellence Awards. The Lanthorn is annually recognized as one of the top student-run newspapers in the state and The Whale Radio station has grown in popularity over recent years. Many of these accomplishments are met with further funding and construction to help these programs flourish, while student media continues to beg for scraps from the Student Life Fund.

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Moving on out, moving on up

At the beginning of winter break, staple GVSU spot Mully's Bar and Grill closed its doors for good, with no notice to its staff or community. Mully's Bar and Grill did not respond to comment regarding the reason for the hasty shutdown, preferring to text their employees days after what would be their final day. The aftermath of Mully's closure left many shocked and confused, but maybe it shouldn't have.

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Traits of a good roommate

One of the best parts about the college experience is the new people you meet and bond with, particularly the ones you live with. Simultaneously, roommates can be a frustrating and challenging part of campus living as well. Whether you move in with an old friend or start fresh with an unfamiliar face, you can’t always control how considerate your roommate will be. What you can control, though, is how considerate you are. There are several traits a good roommate has, all of which are based on respect and personal responsibility. 

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Profits over protection: NCAA inaction puts players' health on the line

The recent announcement of a new lawsuit accusing the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) of being “in favor of profits and self-promotion” over the safety of its players may sound like a large claim to some, but it rings as a repetitive headline to many. The new lawsuit sound eerily similar to an accusation filed in August that hits close to home: a lawsuit filed by the widow of the late Grand Valley State University quarterback Cullen Finnerty. 

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Finding resources during prominent S.A.D. months

The coming winter months bring more than just snow to west Michigan. The cold winds, blistering snow and absence of the sun contribute to the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which over 10 million Americans experience. SAD, known more commonly as seasonal depression, causes fatigue, decreased activity and feelings of hopelessness. With Grand Valley State University being located in an area of the United States that sees minimal amounts of sunlight during the winter months, it is important that students are aware of how weather conditions can affect their mood and productivity.

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