Irresponsible fundraising

When November rolls around, all Grand Valley State University students brace themselves for the barrage of begging Battle of the Valleys entails. For more than a week, the campus becomes consumed with T-shirt sales, donation bins and fundraising events.

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MAKING STRIDES FOR MINORITIES

Within recent years, Grand Valley State University has reached some pretty impressive milestones. The student population is now over 25,000 students, there are officially more than 100,000 laker alumni, and new academic buildings continue to pop up around campus. When the majority of things seem to be looking on the upside, sometimes it takes a look between the lines to see where we are still behind.

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LET'S MAKE SOME NOISE

When we talk about student activism, an image of bell-bottom clad university students from the 1960s and 1970s is often the default image. The college campus activists, with signs in hand, strapping themselves to trees to avoid demolition, had a large role in social progress during the second half of the 20th century.

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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

Sex is generally a subject that people tend to shy away from talking about. We get it. It's personal, it's awkward. But let's face it: sex is a part of life, and it's nothing to be ashamed of. Statistically, over 70 percent of college students are sexually active, so why is sex such an awkward topic to talk about?

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ADDRESSING THE BIG TOPICS

During last year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, guest speaker Sybrina Fulton spoke on the necessity of addressing uncomfortable topics. During her speech at the GVSU Fieldhouse, Fulton's main message to college students was to get involved with the world around them.

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EDITOR'S DESK: A SEMESTER IN REVIEW

From all of the editors at the Lanthorn, congratulations on making it to the end of the semester! It's been a hectically busy 15 weeks right from the start, but we'd like to take a moment to thank you for letting the Lanthorn document and report on all the events that have happened in the Grand Valley State University community since Aug. 24.

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LEADING THE WAY

As of late, increasing campus diversity has been one of the main focuses of Grand Valley State University. The office of inclusion and equity recently conducted a campus climate survey to see what campus community members think of the university as part of an emphasis at GVSU to provide resources for a more diverse and accepting community.

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