Do you create or consume?

In a generation where social media, the internet and technology are a major source of creation and consumption, we’re left to question ourselves which act we take part in more. I recently attended an event where a speaker spoke on the effects of social media today and the many benefits it has brought us.

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GV Lanthorn Editorial

Drunk driving: if you see something, say something

Even though we have been told to avoid it at all costs from the time we were young, people everywhere, every day, are still choosing to drive drunk. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Association (NHTSA), even though fatalities from drunk-driving have fallen in the past few decades, drunk driving crashes still claim more than 10,000 lives every year. It is baffling that with all of the tragedies, consequences and possible means of transportation that thousands are still choosing to drive under the influence of alcohol. Is it merely the convenience that pushes drivers to get behind the wheel? Perhaps it is time that the friends of these drivers begin stepping in to stop these crashes from happening

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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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