opinion

Love him or hate him, we need another Royko

I told myself I’d never write a political piece, but that was before a book full of columns by the great Mike Royko made its way into my hands. Royko was a columnist that embodied the spirit of Chicago, for better or for worse. His columns would lift up the poor tavern keepers who were buried beneath growing redevelopments. Yet the next day, he’d be taunting one of Chicago’s deeply established cultures, such as the Irish or Polish populations. 

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GVL Editorial

The need for mental health education

National Depression Screening Day was Oct. 4 and Grand Valley's Counseling Center took part in screening students' mental health. The screenings served as a way to educate the community about the traits that may indicate a mental health concern and how to respond and treat them. The importance of this education can often be lost on those who believe their lack of mental health problems exempt them from knowing the warning signs. Now more than ever, it is imperative that everyone becomes educated on mental health to prepare themselves for future concerns from themselves or loved ones. 

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GVL Editorial

Cannabis for college students

Though the use of marijuana is often associated with poor grades and general laziness, it’s worth it to consider which aspects of cannabis use can actually help students with their academic performance as well as potentially improve sleep quality and reduce anxiety. 

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GVL / Archive

Why students lack in voting engagement

Several instances in past elections have demonstrated how the youth vote can make a difference between a blue or red state. In 2008, under-30 voters helped win Barack Obama Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia. Without the youth vote in these states Obama would have potentially lost the entire election to opponent Mitt Romney. This is just one example that establishes young adult voters as a major subset of the electorate. 

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GVL / Sheila Babbitt

High enrollment rates both a blessing and a curse

In 2016, Grand Valley State University saw record-breaking enrollment rates, and the university has continued to see large groups of incoming students with each passing school year. Approximately 4,380 students were welcomed to Grand Valley in fall 2016, with the enrollment for the 2018-2019 year falling a few hundred short at about 4,000.  Grand Valley has managed to maintain one of Michigan's highest freshman enrollment rates with GVSU's current total enrollment standing at 24,677 students. This continued growth has also seen an increase in diversity at the university. This year student enrollment has increased six percent in number of students of color. Grand Valley President Haas is hopeful for the increase in enrollment rates to continue to translate to higher graduation rates. 

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