opinion

Don’t let senioritis get the best of you

With each winter semester comes a whole new class of soon-to-be-graduating seniors. Finally, I find myself in that grouping of students and, like most of the people who share my status, I could not be more excited. But if you’re like me, you’re experiencing full-blown senioritis, too. I am just so ready to walk across that stage and grab my diploma. Nevertheless, even with that thought in the back of my mind, I think it’s really important that we all push ourselves to finish out strong. 

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Why our health system should go from biomedical to biopsychosocial

“On a scale of one to 10, how bad is the pain?” You’ve probably become quite familiar with this question, as it’s asked at doctors’ offices around the world. Doctors are always focusing on numbers. They ask when symptoms started, they take blood tests and body scans, and so on. This is because today’s health system is using a biomedical approach. 

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Why young people should run for office

On Dec. 19, 2017, the city of Grand Rapids saw one of its youngest elected officials in its history sworn into office. In November of 2017, at the mere age of 19, Ivory Lehnert was elected to the Grand Rapids Public Library Board. On the same day, Michigan State University students turned out to successfully elect 21-year-old MSU student Aaron Stephens to the East Lansing City Council. Across the country, young people are running to make a difference in their local communities. Now, it’s your turn.  

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The importance of keeping traditions alive at college

Before I became a student at Grand Valley State University, I was scared that college meant nothing was going to be the same again. In many ways, I was right. Some things are just never the way they were before. As we enter college, we meet new people, learn new things and go through all sorts of new experiences. In many ways, college is a journey that is constantly evolving. However, with all this newness, some things never change. For me, these things are traditions, and whether they are small or big, each one leaves a lasting impact.  

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MIP law change is step in the right direction

Starting at the beginning of this year, the consequence for first-time offenders charged with a minor in possession (MIP) in the state of Michigan has changed from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction. This legislative overhaul is a necessary step toward more accurately reflecting shifting societal attitudes about the relative severity of alcohol possession and consumption.

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Spreading out accountability on campus

Sexual assault is a topic we have covered frequently this past year because it continues to be an extremely prevalent and increasingly discussed issue both on campus and in the world at large. With movements like #MeToo, women from all around the world have banded together and gained a new sense of confidence to come forward and bravely disclose their personal stories.

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The timely demise of Steve Bannon

It’s almost been a full year since Jan. 20, 2017, the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration and beginning of what will presumably be four years of a Trump presidency. The upcoming anniversary of the day former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, who wrote Trump's inauguration speech, laid out his intentions for our country is as good a day as any to reflect on just how lucky we are that Trump cast him out when he did. 

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How to survive night classes

The semester is back in full swing, and that means thousands of students taking classes all day, every day. Most of us students have ideal class times based on whether we’re early risers or night owls. Still, I think we can all agree that we’ve had to take a class or two at a time that wasn’t perfect for us. That’s right, 8 a.m. classes, I’m talking to you. But a potentially more problematic class (if you’re like me, that is) occurs at night: the dreadful "6 to 9." 

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What we can take away from 2017

Right now, at the beginning of 2018, we are all presented with an opportunity to look back at 2017, recognize its tragedies and its joys, and learn from them. We all have the opportunity to better ourselves and to make 2018 a year that is full of good instead of plagued with loss. In order to do this, let’s take a look back at 2017.  

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