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Get your vaccinations, protect your community

While the university does not require vaccinations, just as Michigan's 12 other universities do not, they do recommend them. In fact, GVSU openly encourages the following vaccines: influenza, MMR, meningitis, meningitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, varicella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, HPV, pneumococcal and polio.  It is not enough, however, for a university to just ask this of their community. Parents and individuals across the country must take the timely precautions to vaccinate themselves and their children, in the case of those who can. 

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What's wrong with being confident?

Telling women to cover up their bodies hardly encourages body love and empowerment. And for health and safety reasons? You’ve got to be kidding me. Is an inch of skin around the waist really that much more dangerous than the skin on the shoulders, thighs and arms? I’m no expert, but I think not. 

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College crocks: Eating... why? Where? How much?

“Wait, how much is this gonna cost?” is the thought that runs through my head whenever I go into a grocery store, gas station, Campus Dining location and even my own house. The fear of buying groceries and all the financial problems that come with going to college have hypnotized me into being a penny-pincher. 

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Seeing both perspectives in the Greek Life debate

The stereotypes surrounding college Greek organizations can often lean toward the negative, with the usual images of partying, drinking and hazing coming to mind. Media and movies like the 1978 film Animal House reinforce these images and continue to churn out false beliefs of what Greek Life is meant to be about. At Grand Valley State University, there is a strange teetering of viewpoints when it comes to Greek organizations, between the various fraternities that have been suspended or kicked off campus and the large fundraising contributions for sake of philanthropy.

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A word on violence against minorities in mass-media

About a week ago in an interview with Clémence Michallon for The Independent, action movie star Liam Neeson shared a very upsetting story: after learning that a friend was sexually assaulted by a black man, Neeson wandered around outside of bars hoping that a black person would pick a fight with him so that he could kill them. Neeson went on to say that he’s ashamed of having done this, but even though what he did was deeply problematic, it’s also very familiar. 

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What Nike doesn’t want you to know

Clothes shopping is a big part of our culture; it’s how we express our personalities and show off to the world. Even though we love shopping, we typically don’t pay attention to where our clothes are made. Sure, it’s a common joke that everything is “made in China,” but the conversation doesn’t go far beyond that. There’s actually a dark truth behind where our clothes come from.  

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LBGT representation: is it changing?

On Thursday, Jan. 31, actress Ellen Page gave a powerful interview on The Late Show with Steven Colbert about the harmful effects of hateful leadership in our country and around the globe. Page hadn’t been on the show since shortly after coming out as a lesbian in 2014, and though ostensibly she was there to promote her new Netflix show The Umbrella Academy, interviewer Stephen Colbert’s questions jumped almost immediately to the challenges still facing the LGBT community even in today’s “more accepting” America.

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