opinion

Making the world great again

This last week has been rough for the U.S. It is impossible not to acknowledge the devastation that has occurred due to the hurricanes, fires and related issues currently ravaging our planet.  People are without food, water, shelter and other things that we consider to be basic human rights. People are scared, and rightfully so, but it’s not just the U.S. that is suffering these losses, as much of the world is under attack.

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The price of being tuned into technology and out of reality

College is designed to be the environment where careers are built, spouses are courted and lifelong friends are made. The person you sit next to on the bus today could very well be a fellow co-founder of a business venture one day, and any number of avenues may open up from our time at Grand Valley State University. But what about for those of us who spend the entire bus ride looking through a glass window to the world that is held in our hands without ever bothering to look out the window of the bus, let alone allowing ourselves the opportunity for a chance encounter or intriguing conversation with one of the people sitting nearby? 

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Pedestrians need to be safer on campus

At Grand Valley State University, several precautions are made to ensure pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists stay safe as they pass through campus. During peak traffic hours, there are crossing guards who direct and stop traffic to ensure pedestrians cross the street safely. In addition, there are clearly delineated walking and biking paths through the Allendale Campus on one side of the road to ensure that pedestrians and bicyclists don't collide.

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How to choose your news

If the spectrum of sources we rely on for our news and information were represented in a way similar to that of a food pyramid, perhaps it would be easier for us to filter and comprehend what constitutes a balanced media diet.

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The dilemma of choosing a life path

When we are children, our elders tell us to follow our dreams. They tell us to do what we love and to not worry about the money. However, most of the people who tell us this practice the opposite. People tell us to do what we love, yet they have an occupation they strongly dislike. Due to this, we are often surrounded by hypocrisy. We are told to do one thing but shown to do the other.  

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Sexism in sports fandoms

I was born and raised a Detroit Lions fan, and let me tell you, it’s been a long 21 years. I was also raised a University of Michigan fan, so at least my life hasn't been a total disappointment. For as long as I can remember, I had a jersey in my closet for some professional sports team. I’d throw it on whenever my family went to a game. I loved painting my face and cheering loudly when I was little, and I love doing so now, too. 

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Motorcycle safety extends beyond bikers

Are motorcycles dangerous? Well, the truth is that all motor vehicles are dangerous. Cars can be dangerous, trains can be dangerous, and we all know that airplanes have had their fair share of trials and tribulations as well. But what about motorcycles gives them the bad reputation they have become associated with?

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Standing by DACA students

Whether you agree with President Trump's decision to end DACA or not, it is hard to take issue with Grand Valley state University President Thomas Haas' student outreach. For members of GVSU's community, the responsibility rests on our shoulders to make our campus environment welcoming to all. Regardless of our political views, this should include DACA students who are here for the same reason non-DACA students are: to get an education.

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Making choices for a positive impact

Something I’ve noticed recently is how shallow we, humanity, have become. What I mean by that is we seem to have become more obsessed with what we lose or gain (often money) by doing something, rather than the actual importance and impact of what it is we’re doing.

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