Prioritizing mental health

College is by no means easy. In fact, it can be nearly impossible to balance classes, homework, exams and student organization obligations while maintaining an active social life, getting a solid eight hours of sleep every night and working a job (or two). These stressors can leave students feeling anxious, overwhelmed and frustrated. Many times, the stress of college can also result in serious mental health concerns for students.

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On the hunt

In a previous Lanthorn editorial, we urged administration to be cautious when selecting a new candidate to fill Provost Gayle Davis' position. Since then, the university has been through five potential provost candidates, and none of them seem to have made the cut. With only two months left in the semester, we're left with questions about the search process and a sense of urgency as prime training opportunities for the new candidate pass.

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Taking responsibility

The idea of climate change has been a topic of contention for decades. Whether it's the vast majority of scientists proving through data and facts that climate change is happening, or if it's people who oppose it and insist it isn't real, the talk of our planet becoming warmer has been on our minds. Recently, former mayor of Grand Rapids George Heartwell visited Grand Valley State University to talk about his work in advancing the sustainability of Grand Rapids. We want to applaud Heartwell's work and encourage others to follow in his footsteps.

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The dangers of fake news

Since the election, the political climate at Grand Valley State University has mirrored that of the nation: split, divisive and covered by a general cloud of uneasiness. Whether you love or hate Donald Trump, he will definitely be a president to remember. Something he has particularly emphasized recently is his war against the media, calling them the "enemy of the American people."

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Frustrated by funding

It's no secret that, for the most part, Lakers like Grand Valley State University. We brag about our location, we love our campus and we are somewhat oddly obsessed with our university president. It's only natural that we want everyone else to love us, too—including Michigan representatives.

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Prioritizing love

It's almost Valentine's Day. The shelves of local grocery and retail stores are lined with pink candies, extravagantly-priced flowers and picture-perfect promises of love. While this week will be full of people either bragging about their relationship or complaining about their lack of one, this national day of love is a great opportunity to talk about what a healthy relationship really is. Spoiler alert: it's not about the biggest gift or sweetest social media post.

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Making progress

For years, two of the biggest problems on colleges campuses around the nation have been underage drinking and sexual assaults. There is no college that is exempt from those problems, including Grand Valley State University.

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Thinking ahead

When we were little, our parents reminded us time and time again to think about our decisions and how they would shape our futures. In high school, we were advised to think about how our choices would impact us when applying for colleges. Now that we've made it to college, we are again reminded that the things we do today can have a negative influence on us tomorrow. Despite concerns about the future, sometimes college kids just don't care.

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Why transparency matters

On many college campuses, it is rare to be acquainted with the big shots of university administration. Often, presidents, deans and provosts are more behind-the-scene players than members of the college community. At Grand Valley State University, transparency from our administration is not perfect, but it's better than most.

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