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Profits over protection: NCAA inaction puts players' health on the line

The recent announcement of a new lawsuit accusing the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) of being “in favor of profits and self-promotion” over the safety of its players may sound like a large claim to some, but it rings as a repetitive headline to many. The new lawsuit sound eerily similar to an accusation filed in August that hits close to home: a lawsuit filed by the widow of the late Grand Valley State University quarterback Cullen Finnerty. 

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2018: The Year of Foodborne Illness

Though it’s too late for the side salads of countless Thanksgiving dinners, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is finally rolling back some of their warnings about E. coli in romaine lettuce. Whether “you should be fine as long as you don’t eat any from California” will be enough to reassure consumers about romaine’s safety remains to be seen; I for one will certainly be side-eyeing the options at the salad bar for the foreseeable future. If one thing can be sure, it’s that much like November, December is going to be a great month to own an iceberg lettuce farm. 

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Finding resources during prominent S.A.D. months

The coming winter months bring more than just snow to west Michigan. The cold winds, blistering snow and absence of the sun contribute to the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which over 10 million Americans experience. SAD, known more commonly as seasonal depression, causes fatigue, decreased activity and feelings of hopelessness. With Grand Valley State University being located in an area of the United States that sees minimal amounts of sunlight during the winter months, it is important that students are aware of how weather conditions can affect their mood and productivity.

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Bart Williams scans the field for an open target in 2017.  GVL / Emily Frye

A letter to Laker Nation

Editor's note: With the career of GVSU football's all-time leader in pass yardage and touchdowns coming to a close, Bart Williams sends an exclusive farewell to the community he spent six years with. 

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What Is “fake news?”

In the last two years we have seen numerous changes in the work of journalism and news reporting. There has been a ride in the coverage on politics, headline stories revolving around it in some way or form each day. With this change in news coverage, we have also been introduced to a new phrase, “fake news”, that is heavily used and discussed by many politicians, journalists and viewers today. 

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Flunked: How GV's exam schedule is failing its students

On Thursday Nov. 8, Student Senate voted on a resolution to allow students to move an exam if three or more of their finals fall on the same day. The resolution was written by Student Senator Ethan Schafer to address the lack of policy surrounding multiple exams being stacked on the same day. The University Academic Senate and other faculty departments will review the approved resolution before a policy can be enacted. This resolution brings to light Grand Valley State University's complicated final exam schedule algorithm and how it is poorly affecting student's academic success.

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Bad news and good ratings

Like many other reporters in 2018, CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta is not unfamiliar to verbal sparring with President Trump during news conferences. Unlike other reporters, however, a brief fumble with an intern trying to take away his microphone resulted in Acosta having his White House “hard pass” taken away, prompting a weeks-long legal battle between CNN and the Trump administration.

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The student section turnout was sparse during the Lakers' playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 17. GVL / Brady McAtamney

Column: You probably aren't as big of a GVSU fan as you think

Do you have school spirit?  Most students will gladly answer with a gleeful ‘Yes! Go Lakers!’ but turnouts at sporting events would suggest differently. I understand completely that we’re a Division II school so our teams’ games will more often than not be less intriguing than the likes of Michigan or Michigan State, but that does not mean that students should ignore Grand Valley State athletics completely. 

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Phi Gamma Delta at GVSU. Courtesy / Phi Gamma Delta twitter

Letter to the Editor: Greek Life

On Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, The Lanthorn ran with the headline “Hung out to dry: GV imposes sanctions on Greek life, cite issues within the community.” This article mirrored similar headlines that have spread like wildfire over the past few days. These articles all have led with the indefinite alcohol ban as their headline.  If you ask any Greek member at Grand Valley, these articles and news reports spread a false narrative that Greek Life is full of irresponsible behavior and reckless, out of control students. The headline itself is not false — indeed, the university has enacted an alcohol ban on Greek organizations — however, the circumstances of this ban have been misconstrued. 

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