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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Moving Forward

The day after President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated, millions of people marched around the world to show their support for equal rights and to protest the rhetoric Trump used throughout his entire presidential campaign against minority groups. Women, along with men, marched through the streets of Washington, D.C., wearing "pussy hats" and bearing signs proclaiming their support for women's rights to reproductive health care and equal pay for equal work.

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More than words

The Grand Valley State University annual Teach-In brought in a crowd of more than 1,100 people. Though this is a large group of faculty, students and staff, this attendance rate is lower than last year's by a significant amount.

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Looking deeper

Since the election of Donald J. Trump Tuesday, Nov. 8, there has been no shortage of people stepping up to speak their mind about the election results. From protests to speeches to celebrity endorsements, all eyes have been on Trump and what his presidency will mean for the U.S. However, as we get closer and closer to inauguration day, we seem to be casting a shadow on a key part of any presidency: cabinet picks.

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A sense of community

Oftentimes, construction projects get stalled along the way due to technicalities, financial requirements and personal politics. We understand many people and permissions are necessary to complete large projects, such as the light installation on 48th Avenue, and we believe there is an important message to take away from the collaboration seen throughout this project.

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We are family

For the past three weeks, we have been surrounded by old friends, family members and familiar places. From Christmas dinner to New Year's Eve celebrations, odds are topics of conversation regarding politics and personal opinions were avoided and replaced with lighter topics that were rated "safe" in the hopes to avoid confrontation.

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