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GVSU administration is responding appropriately to Larry Nassar, MSU scandal

After the seismic wave of damning victim-survivor testimonies in the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case, Michigan State University's staff, administration, internal review policies and reporting mechanisms are consequently being put under the microscope and scrutinized by the public. While MSU is beginning to suffer the (well-deserved) consequences of being called out for gross neglect of victim survivors, other universities are now being compelled to conduct their own internal reviews and investigations to avoid the public relations disaster that MSU is currently experiencing.

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Division of Inclusion and Equity continues to be relevant

Grand Valley State University's Division of Inclusion and Equity will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 8. During the department's existence at the university, its staff has created initiatives and provided resources to support minority and underrepresented students on campus. This department does not simply exist to make GVSU appear more welcoming and progressive to the outside world. On the contrary, the Division of Inclusion and Equity continues to meet the very real need to spread information, promote intercultural understanding and confront hatred directed toward different people groups. 

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MSU President Lou Anna Simon should step down

Following the emotional impact statements given by the victim survivors of Larry Nassar, a former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor, widespread calls have been made for MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon to step down. After viewing the impact statements and the in-depth investigations conducted by various outlets, the Grand Valley Lanthorn is also calling for Simon's resignation.

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Nassar case a sad example of institutional failure

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics (USAG) doctor Larry Nassar's victim survivors began to give their impact statements in front of a Lansing judge for Nassar's sentencing on sexual abuse charges, which include the molestation of underage girls while he was serving as a doctor. Based on the early impact statements, several things are clear.

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MIP law change is step in the right direction

Starting at the beginning of this year, the consequence for first-time offenders charged with a minor in possession (MIP) in the state of Michigan has changed from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction. This legislative overhaul is a necessary step toward more accurately reflecting shifting societal attitudes about the relative severity of alcohol possession and consumption.

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Spreading out accountability on campus

Sexual assault is a topic we have covered frequently this past year because it continues to be an extremely prevalent and increasingly discussed issue both on campus and in the world at large. With movements like #MeToo, women from all around the world have banded together and gained a new sense of confidence to come forward and bravely disclose their personal stories.

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