opinion

Testing maturity

There are more than 7 billion people in the world, 318 million people in the U.S., almost 10 million people in Michigan and over 25,000 students at Grand Valley State University. Even though we West-siders are known for our friendly faces and Laker pride, the truth of the matter is that we are not all going to like each other.

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Reducing plastic straw pollution

In the rush of a college week, cooking may be replaced with eating out, which often times means a lot of plastic waste. The biggest offender seems to be the straw, as it seems to appear even when dining in. Then it appears again on campus, bus stations, woods and beaches. Clean up programs run by non-profit organizations such as Take 3 name these straws as one of the most commonly found items.

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The basics of respect

In my free time, I often watch Youtubers like Markiplier and Jacksepticeye because it helps me relieve stress and get a good laugh sometimes. One day, I noticed that Markiplier had recently posted a video talking about respect in society, not any certain kind of respect, but a very basic respect for others. which he notes is being lost in today’s society.

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A look at modern day Disney

It’s no secret that in this topsy turvy world we live in there are a lot of differences in opinion. For example, who’s your favorite Disney princess? Mine is Ariel because duh she’s a mermaid and she pulls off fire engine red hair, you go girl. That being said, I totally accept your right as a human being to pick Cinderella or Snow White or whatever floats your boat.

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Movie remakes can never compare to original films

Growing up there are certain movies that act on you in certain ways. For me, when I was young it was Toy Story. I didn’t like the idea that my toys would be all by their lonesome when I was gone, so the fact that these toys led somewhat of a life outside of their owner’s made me happy.

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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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Know when to put your phone away

Three firetrucks, two ambulances, and police cars filled the parking lot at my apartment complex this weekend. Just after the firefighters had put out the fire and were interviewing the apartment tenants, my neighbors drove up to the scene laughing and pointing at the fire. As they exited their car, one of them put on his Aviator sunglasses, squatted, and made a duck face while his roommate took his picture in front of the firetrucks.

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Change is coming, even if you're tired of it

In the past six months, our country has undergone a slew of changes. Some have been good, some have been bad and some are kind of just a moot point. One of these changes is a general increase in empowerment among minorities, specifically women, but to get to that point they have also had to deal with major setbacks.

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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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