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Promoting facts in the anti-vaxx debate

In recent months, the war between anti-vaxxers and vaxxers has raged on with the outbreak of Measles throughout the United States. In Michigan, the outbreak has spread throughout Oakland and Wayne counties. While measles vaccinations aren’t required for attendance at Grand Valley State University, many students, faculty and staff are urging Lakers to get their vaccines. 

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How to prepare for Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame comes out on April 26 (that’s less than two weeks away!) and a lot of people are going to go see it; the President of Fandango, a company that sells movie tickets in advance, said that they’ve already sold millions, and that was over a week ago. Whether you’re a fan of superhero movies or not, it’s hard to deny that this movie will have a big audience. And because Endgame is the 22nd movie in the Marvel Studios franchise, people are wondering how to prepare for its release.

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Free speech and censorship on college campuses

There are certain times of year at GVSU where students who might been viewed by onlookers as at-risk for unplanned pregnancies try to avoid the area around the clock tower (or at least walk very quickly around it.) Last year, it was a few ladies handing out roses to women who looked like they might need the attached informational tag about abortion alternatives. Definitely weird, but kind of flattering in a way that made it difficult to complain about. Last week’s demonstration was decidedly less friendly, as the student organization Protect Life at GVSU held their “Cemetery of the Innocents” near the Cook Carillon Tower from April 8 to 11. 

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Mind the gap: What young professionals can consider about pay equity

The conclusion of the semester is drawing closer, and so students at Grand Valley State University are thinking ahead. For students who are gearing up for their first job after graduation, factors such as location, compensation and benefits are considered before accepting any offers. In light of Equal Pay Day on April 2, students should also take into consideration whether or not their potential employers are transparent about how they pay employees. 

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When political views clash, civility trumps all

President Donald J. Trump's recent visit to Grand Rapids exemplified one of the great things about American democracy: the opportunity to openly express one's ideas. From supporters to protesters alike, Grand Rapids civilians took to the streets to make their opinions known. While some folks may have been there to ruffle some feathers, most attendees conformed peacefully at the rally. The recent era of protesting policies and political figures has sparked conversations across the globe about what it means to be an active citizen.

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Letter to the Editor: SVSU on Battle of the Valley

Dear editor, I am writing in response to the article published by the Lanthorn, “Student senate votes to discontinue Battle of the Valleys fundraising competition.” I am currently president of the Saginaw Valley State University Student Association, and last year I served as philanthropy chair for SA, which placed me in a position to lead SVSU’s fundraising efforts during Battle of the Valleys week.

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Celebrating women's accomplishments of yesterday, today and tomorrow

While Women's History Month is indeed a time to look back and celebrate those who have brought our society forward, it is also a time to push for the advancement of women today. Grand Valley State University is one institution that elected to do just that when selecting Philomena Mantella as the next president of GVSU, the first woman president of the university. The advancement of women has felt so strong in the past year, with the appointment of Mantella and the slew of women taking seats in Congress and positions of power across the country. It appears that not just the future but the present is in-fact, female.

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Do you have five minutes to spare a life?

Each day, on average, 88 lives are saved by an organ transplant in the United States; but 22 people die each day waiting for a transplant that never comes, according to organdonor.gov. A new person is added to the wait list every 10 minutes. The need for organ transplants rapidly outpaces the rate of donor registrations. Many health organizations turn to college campuses for their outreach and awareness projects because college-aged students are generally the best organ donor candidates, so it's up to us to take the simple steps that could save lives. 

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