Helping each other

In a university setting, it's not unusual for students to have concerns about policies or to disagree with administration on certain issues. In fact, these differences can be beneficial to harboring a more inclusive campus environment for students, faculty and staff. But in order to turn criticism into growth, both parties have to be constructive in working together to accommodate a change that will work for everyone.

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Setting an example

People love to hate on college students. We're lazy, we're whiny and all we care about is getting drunk on the weekends. Of course, these stereotypes are not true of the entire college population, but it always hurts our credibility as college students when someone proves these statements to be true.

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A story worth telling

Successful athletes often talk about the hardest moments they've faced during their careers. Whether it's a rough team loss or a personal experience, the common theme that follows these stories is the recovery. If you don't hear a solution story, it's probably because they don't have one.

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Back in the swing of things

For the past week, the biggest concern for most students across campus has been how much time is too much time to spend watching Netflix. Now, as spring break comes to a close and assignment deadlines once again begin to collect in our agendas, many of us can't help but wonder "is this really worth it?"

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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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