opinion

Taking responsibility

The idea of climate change has been a topic of contention for decades. Whether it's the vast majority of scientists proving through data and facts that climate change is happening, or if it's people who oppose it and insist it isn't real, the talk of our planet becoming warmer has been on our minds. Recently, former mayor of Grand Rapids George Heartwell visited Grand Valley State University to talk about his work in advancing the sustainability of Grand Rapids. We want to applaud Heartwell's work and encourage others to follow in his footsteps.

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The art of learning

Ultimately, every student at Grand Valley State University opted to continue schooling in order to achieve higher education. Whether the motivation stemmed from the ability to get a better job, receive higher pay, or simply to gain more knowledge, earning a college degree is certainly a priority for everyone here.

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Is it really a wonder we don't all get along?

We’ve all heard it before ‘why can’t we just get along?’ This simple question has existed for a long time, forever some might say. It exists on playgrounds, in the workplace and in social issues like politics. While ‘getting along’ sounds ideal, I don’t think it is necessarily surprising that we don’t. We are a nation that is quite literally founded on differences leading to wars, run by a political system that is a dichotomy, filled with people of completely contrasting beliefs.

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The dangers of fake news

Since the election, the political climate at Grand Valley State University has mirrored that of the nation: split, divisive and covered by a general cloud of uneasiness. Whether you love or hate Donald Trump, he will definitely be a president to remember. Something he has particularly emphasized recently is his war against the media, calling them the "enemy of the American people."

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Learning a second language

Think back to a time when you were walking down the sidewalk or standing in line for something, and heard someone near you start speaking another language. How do you react? Were you interested in their language? Did it irritate you at all? Did you wish you knew what they were saying? Whether we accept it or not, language diversity is very common in this world. And although it’s not something anybody should feel obligated to do, there are benefits of knowing a second language.

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Healthy snacking on campus

In Lake Ontario Hall, there’s a line of vending machines loaded with varieties of delicious sweet and salty processed junk food. Last year, my fingers seemed to code in their numbers all too often as I was running late from class to work on an empty stomach. Ripping open a bag of Gardettos, speeding down the hall, I wished I had something a little healthier and more fulfilling, but the option didn’t seem to be quickly accessible. Still, I knew the product was a pretty wasteful and unsatisfying way to start the day and I felt some guilt, but I had to eat something on those days scheduled back-to-back.

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Calm down, millennials aren't that bad

Over the past couple of years, I’ve noticed that the term ‘millennial’ has gathered a negative connotation. Somehow, a generation that has barely begun its time as leaders has already been blamed as the cause of America’s downfall. Even though many of us are just on the precipice of adulthood we have already been told that we are entitled, lazy or undetermined.

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NBA vs. NHL

In the midst of one of the most historic and memorable stretches in the history of the NBA, there seems to continually be a feeling of unhappiness from, shall I say, one of the less fortunate sports leagues. No matter what the NBA does, there will undoubtedly be some sucker punches thrown from fans the NHL.

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Frustrated by funding

It's no secret that, for the most part, Lakers like Grand Valley State University. We brag about our location, we love our campus and we are somewhat oddly obsessed with our university president. It's only natural that we want everyone else to love us, too—including Michigan representatives.

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