John Kasich

Every four years, the American electorate selects a new leader of the free world. There are no riots in the streets. There is no bloodshed. There are no political prisoners. Instead, millions of people flood to public schools, churches and city halls to cast their vote and make their voice heard.

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GETTING YOUR MONEY's WORTH

During the average college student's educational career, most will have to take a much-dreaded 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. class at least once. Though you don't see many students excited for these three hour blocks of class, time spent on class materials should be prioritized instead of compromised.

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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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