opinion

Breaking down the pay gap

As with many issues, sometimes statistics, facts and common sense aren’t enough to convince people that inequality exists in our world. Still, injustice persists. We’re faced with it again and again in the disparity of wages between men and women. Sure, there are plenty of possible reasons for this division, but when it comes down to it, the gender pay gap is real. This discussion has recently been brought into the limelight because Hollywood has made a point of talking about it.  

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President Trump needs to learn to bite his tongue

President Donald Trump has recently been under fire due to crude comments he allegedly made about Haiti and countries in Africa, reportedly calling them “shithole countries.” While these alleged comments were both incredibly offensive and ignorant, inappropriate comments are nothing new from Trump. As the president of our country, he makes me feel embarrassed and ashamed with his comments. Trump, it’s time you learned how to bite your tongue.  

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Review: It isn't called 'The Most Honest Showman' for a reason

Technically speaking, "The Greatest Showman" is a biographical film about the life of P.T. Barnum, a man who was many things—a politician, con man, author, philanthropist—but primarily, at least according to himself, an entertainer. Since Barnum was historically infamous for his opinion that entertainment is most enjoyable at its least truthful, it makes a lot of sense that a movie allegedly depicting his life story would be almost entirely fictional.

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Nassar case a sad example of institutional failure

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics (USAG) doctor Larry Nassar's victim survivors began to give their impact statements in front of a Lansing judge for Nassar's sentencing on sexual abuse charges, which include the molestation of underage girls while he was serving as a doctor. Based on the early impact statements, several things are clear.

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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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