How to cut down on stress before finals

Finals week is fast approaching, along with hours of studying and stress. It seems like the week before finals should be left for studying, but most of us don’t get that pleasure. Not only do we have final exams to study for, but we also have essays to write, projects to complete and chapter tests to take. To say the least, the week prior to finals is difficult. With this huge workload, it’s no wonder students are so stressed out during this time of the semester. 

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Presidential Search Advisory Committee should listen to public desire for next president

The Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) at Grand Valley State University fielded concerns from the GVSU community Thursday, April 12, and Friday, April 13, to learn what students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public are looking for in the university's next president. The PSAC would do well to listen to the GVSU community's wishes for its next leader. 

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What to take away from Michigan’s fight for water

Living in the Great Lakes State has made many of us take water for granted. We’re surrounded by a shocking 21 percent of the Earth’s fresh water, which means we never have to deal with shortages unlike the rest of the world and even the rest of the country. In the last week or so, many of the residents in Michigan have been protesting the increase in the amount of water allowed to be pumped by Nestle because they are worried about its consequences. Those people are right to be worried, but there is an even bigger problem at hand.  

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GVSU should consider emergency campus phones

More than 600 people have signed an online petition campaigning for emergency blue light telephones to be installed on Grand Valley State University's Allendale Campus. While these emergency phones might not be particularly effective, the sense of safety they would give students would be worth the cost of installing them.

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Letter to the editor: Who is harming whom?

This is my comment on the Lanthorn’s March 26 column “We’re harming more than just the president,” written by Shae Slaughter. I find her column very confusing, and I intend to take issue with a number of her opinions and claims expressed in it.  

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Clear backpacks not the solution to gun violence

Following the massacre that left 17 people dead, new safety measures have gone into effect at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD). These safety measures include identification badges, barricades, bag checks and, most controversially, a requirement for students to carry clear backpacks. Since these measures have gone into effect, many Douglas students have shared their frustrations, and their message is plain and simple: Clear backpacks are not a solution to gun violence in schools.  

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Student senate wise to vote against smoking-ban proposal

Growing up, I was always told that smoking is bad, so when I first read the headline “Student senate votes against proposal to ban smoking on campus,” I was genuinely surprised. At first, I couldn’t think of a single reason to continue to allow smoking, but then I thought a little longer and I appreciated student senate’s choice. 

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GVSU continues to fight to end victim blaming

Grand Valley State University administration, departments and student organizations should be commended for their continued efforts to crush victim blaming, snuff out rape culture in our communities and provide support for victims. By definition, rape and sexual assault are never the fault of the victims. It's time to end that toxic association forever, and that starts with us right here at GVSU. 

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Advertisers need to ditch the age-old sexism

Recently, I came across a campaign series by Saint Hoax, a Syrian artist and sociopolitical activist. The campaign, called “Making America Misogynistic Again,” is a collection of old, sexist advertisements whose original headlines have been replaced by quotes that President Donald Trump has said about women. All of the advertisements are classic examples of the misogynistic advertisements of the 1950s and 1960s, and Trump’s quotes fit them almost immaculately. 

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