Keep learning: public speaking as a skill

As the director of Grand Valley State University’s Speech Lab, it is easy for others to assume that public speaking has always come naturally to me. It’s easy to assume that I find speaking to be an effortless process. As much as I would like these things to be true, they are not.

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Making the case for student media funding

As the faculty adviser to two of Grand Valley State University’s student media outlets, GVTV and WCKS The Whale, I have been reading with great interest the Lanthorn coverage of the modifications to our funding that were executed by the GVSU student senate.

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Humor: Love sucks and you don't need it

This weekend was Valentine’s Day, and if you’re anything like me, you’re going to die alone. Anyone that says you can’t be single on Valentine’s Day is wrong, and if you don’t know how, here are some tips to help get you through this romantic day.

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Letter to the editor : Bart Merkle encourages civil debate

Alas, there is a vitriolic tenor that has engulfed our society these days. Presidential year politics and world events have fueled partisan tones that are extremely adversarial and often hateful related to many issues, including: immigration, guns, abortion, race, police shootings, terrorism, religion, sexual assault, health care, inequality, climate change, gay marriage, affirmative action, education and freedom of expression, just to name a few. At the outset of the semester, I feel compelled to acknowledge this negative ambiance and to encourage all of us to rise above it.

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