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GV Lanthorn Editorial

The weighty outcomes of reporting sexual assault

While living in the #MeToo era, more and more people feel empowered to use their voice and stand up for themselves when they are assaulted and are feeling more safe to be vocal about their past experiences.  Law enforcement officials, schools and authority figures everywhere are taking sexual violence claims far more seriously than they used to, even in recent years, and reputable establishments know they will be lynched if they don’t appropriately address allegations of this nature. 

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From the silent voter: "I Voted" stickers met with bipartisan backlash

In the political world, I’ve always lived by one rule: keep your political opinions and who you vote for to yourself. Growing up, my dad had a list of things you don’t talk about with others, including personal finances, religious views and politics. Prior to this year’s midterm elections, I followed that list, and I did so out of both privacy and courtesy. But it took this round of elections to change why I did that. 

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What does "media conglomerate" mean for our news consumption?

The consumption of news has been profound since the first newspaper was published in 1690, and has grown tremendously through the rise of multimedia platforms. It is safe to assume that everyone in the United States receives some form of news or information throughout their day, but not many can say they truly know where the information they are getting stems from.

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Why GV safety alerts aren't enough for student safety

GVPD only issues safety alerts for cases of sexual assault where there may be a threat to the community. In instances where perpetrators are identified or in police custody, alerts are usually not issued.  Is this giving a false representation of the number of sexual assaults near GVSU? Students may fall into the belief that the low number of alerts is conducive to a low number of sexual assaults. While these alerts help keep the community informed on some assaults, students are missing out on vital information that could impact their homes and their lives. 

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How GVSU has made its founders proud

About 60 years ago Grand Valley's founders came together with the idea for a university. Today, that university has expanded across cities and campuses, growing into one of Michigan's largest and finest institutions. Not to toot our own horn, but Grand Valley has made some impressive accomplishments in the short time it has been around. On Thursday, Oct. 25, Grand Valley celebrated Founders Day to remember the 282 individuals who dreamed of bringing higher education to the Grand Rapids area. Many may not think much of the name Seidman, aside from the buildings that bear the name, but L. William (Bill) Seidman is the man who made everything possible. Perhaps more should think of Seidman and the rest of the founders who shaped a university that has in turn shaped it's community and the world.

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The issues on the table for the Nov. 6 election

If you’re able to vote in the upcoming election, you’ve probably already decided whether or not you’ll be heading to the polls on November 6 (though for those away from home who aren’t sure if they can, the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot isn't until Saturday, Nov. 3). For the last two years we’ve all been hyper-aware of the effect our elected officials can have on our country, and if you are planning on voting you’ve almost certainly already decided on which party your vote is going to land. But not everything on the ballot this year is divided by party - Michigan has three proposals on the voting block this November, and no matter your position on the political spectrum, all three are important enough to pique your interest.

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The Diet Debate

Last year, I began to surround myself with individuals who are very aware of their diet, who introduced me to the concept of a “plant-based diet” also known as veganism. I decided to try it, since I was constantly hearing facts about the detrimental impact of meat and dairy on our bodies. I watched a documentary called “What the Health,” which, inevitably and completely one-sided, claims that the American Cancer Society knows that eating animal products is the main cause of cancer, but that the organization refuses to claim that fact because they are sponsored by large meat corporations. The documentary was eye-opening in many ways, but I could not understand then: why is it that Spain, Italy and Japan have the longest life-span rates with cultural diets that have a lot of animal consumption?

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The reality of the broke college student trope

As tuition and housing rates continue to increase, so does the age-old joke about the poor college student. The reference to being a 'broke college student' continues to be commonly referenced as students trash-pick old furniture, eat ramen and donate to BioLife for spending money. To struggle financially while getting a degree has almost become a rite of passage that builds character for those on the brink of adulthood.  All jokes aside, evidence shows that more than a quarter of college students are experiencing actual poverty, often in the form of hunger. Many students find themselves to be food insecure, unsure where their next meal will come from.

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Stay safe this snuggle season

The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping and soon enough there will be snow everywhere. It’s officially “cuffing season,” a term used to describe the time of year when people are most likely to get into relationships. After all, the snow is a lot more bearable when you’ve got someone to snuggle up to during those long, winter nights. 

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