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Like many other reporters in 2018, CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta is not unfamiliar to verbal sparring with President Trump during news conferences. Unlike other reporters, however, a brief fumble with an intern trying to take away his microphone resulted in Acosta having his White House “hard pass” taken away, prompting a weeks-long legal battle between CNN and the Trump administration.

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The student section turnout was sparse during the Lakers' playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 17. GVL / Brady McAtamney

Column: You probably aren't as big of a GVSU fan as you think

Do you have school spirit?  Most students will gladly answer with a gleeful ‘Yes! Go Lakers!’ but turnouts at sporting events would suggest differently. I understand completely that we’re a Division II school so our teams’ games will more often than not be less intriguing than the likes of Michigan or Michigan State, but that does not mean that students should ignore Grand Valley State athletics completely. 

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Phi Gamma Delta at GVSU. Courtesy / Phi Gamma Delta twitter

Letter to the Editor: Greek Life

On Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, The Lanthorn ran with the headline “Hung out to dry: GV imposes sanctions on Greek life, cite issues within the community.” This article mirrored similar headlines that have spread like wildfire over the past few days. These articles all have led with the indefinite alcohol ban as their headline.  If you ask any Greek member at Grand Valley, these articles and news reports spread a false narrative that Greek Life is full of irresponsible behavior and reckless, out of control students. The headline itself is not false — indeed, the university has enacted an alcohol ban on Greek organizations — however, the circumstances of this ban have been misconstrued. 

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The weighty outcomes of reporting sexual assault

While living in the #MeToo era, more and more people feel empowered to use their voice and stand up for themselves when they are assaulted and are feeling more safe to be vocal about their past experiences.  Law enforcement officials, schools and authority figures everywhere are taking sexual violence claims far more seriously than they used to, even in recent years, and reputable establishments know they will be lynched if they don’t appropriately address allegations of this nature. 

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From the silent voter: "I Voted" stickers met with bipartisan backlash

In the political world, I’ve always lived by one rule: keep your political opinions and who you vote for to yourself. Growing up, my dad had a list of things you don’t talk about with others, including personal finances, religious views and politics. Prior to this year’s midterm elections, I followed that list, and I did so out of both privacy and courtesy. But it took this round of elections to change why I did that. 

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What does "media conglomerate" mean for our news consumption?

The consumption of news has been profound since the first newspaper was published in 1690, and has grown tremendously through the rise of multimedia platforms. It is safe to assume that everyone in the United States receives some form of news or information throughout their day, but not many can say they truly know where the information they are getting stems from.

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Why GV safety alerts aren't enough for student safety

GVPD only issues safety alerts for cases of sexual assault where there may be a threat to the community. In instances where perpetrators are identified or in police custody, alerts are usually not issued.  Is this giving a false representation of the number of sexual assaults near GVSU? Students may fall into the belief that the low number of alerts is conducive to a low number of sexual assaults. While these alerts help keep the community informed on some assaults, students are missing out on vital information that could impact their homes and their lives. 

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How GVSU has made its founders proud

About 60 years ago Grand Valley's founders came together with the idea for a university. Today, that university has expanded across cities and campuses, growing into one of Michigan's largest and finest institutions. Not to toot our own horn, but Grand Valley has made some impressive accomplishments in the short time it has been around. On Thursday, Oct. 25, Grand Valley celebrated Founders Day to remember the 282 individuals who dreamed of bringing higher education to the Grand Rapids area. Many may not think much of the name Seidman, aside from the buildings that bear the name, but L. William (Bill) Seidman is the man who made everything possible. Perhaps more should think of Seidman and the rest of the founders who shaped a university that has in turn shaped it's community and the world.

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The issues on the table for the Nov. 6 election

If you’re able to vote in the upcoming election, you’ve probably already decided whether or not you’ll be heading to the polls on November 6 (though for those away from home who aren’t sure if they can, the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot isn't until Saturday, Nov. 3). For the last two years we’ve all been hyper-aware of the effect our elected officials can have on our country, and if you are planning on voting you’ve almost certainly already decided on which party your vote is going to land. But not everything on the ballot this year is divided by party - Michigan has three proposals on the voting block this November, and no matter your position on the political spectrum, all three are important enough to pique your interest.

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