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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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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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