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Celebrating women's accomplishments of yesterday, today and tomorrow

While Women's History Month is indeed a time to look back and celebrate those who have brought our society forward, it is also a time to push for the advancement of women today. Grand Valley State University is one institution that elected to do just that when selecting Philomena Mantella as the next president of GVSU, the first woman president of the university. The advancement of women has felt so strong in the past year, with the appointment of Mantella and the slew of women taking seats in Congress and positions of power across the country. It appears that not just the future but the present is in-fact, female.

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Do you have five minutes to spare a life?

Each day, on average, 88 lives are saved by an organ transplant in the United States; but 22 people die each day waiting for a transplant that never comes, according to organdonor.gov. A new person is added to the wait list every 10 minutes. The need for organ transplants rapidly outpaces the rate of donor registrations. Many health organizations turn to college campuses for their outreach and awareness projects because college-aged students are generally the best organ donor candidates, so it's up to us to take the simple steps that could save lives. 

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When the library must make cuts, students bleed

When a person decides to further their education and pursue a degree, the availability of credible educational resources is just as important as which institution and which program they select. A well-organized and well-staffed library is arguably the single most important tool any student or scholar could ever utilize. That being said, Grand Valley State University’s lack of $800,000 to supplement the University Libraries budget by January 2020 would be counterproductive as it pertains to giving students and instructors the access they need to subscription-based academic journals and other valuable academic resources.

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Get your vaccinations, protect your community

While the university does not require vaccinations, just as Michigan's 12 other universities do not, they do recommend them. In fact, GVSU openly encourages the following vaccines: influenza, MMR, meningitis, meningitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, varicella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, HPV, pneumococcal and polio.  It is not enough, however, for a university to just ask this of their community. Parents and individuals across the country must take the timely precautions to vaccinate themselves and their children, in the case of those who can. 

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How Michigan's car insurance rates are keeping people in poverty

A new policy brief published this month by the Poverty Solutions department at University of Michigan confirms what we’ve known all along — Michigan car insurance rates are too damn high. Because of this, many of our residents drive uninsured, posing a huge financial risk to themselves and those around them. In this study, Patrick Cooney, Elizabeth Phillips and Joshua Rivera conclude that the high costs of auto insurance is an effective barrier to mobility from poverty across the state, preventing people from improving their economic status. 

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Living abroad: A reflection

I recall sitting in my capstone class and listening to a guest alumna speak about teaching abroad in South Korea. I remember thinking, “Wow, that sounds so cool. But I don’t want to teach English. That’s not within my career interests.” And now here I am; four years later and I’ve been teaching English and living in the Czech Republic for almost two years. 

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Admissions Scam: Affirmative Action for the rich?

Apparently having your parents fund a new campus library isn’t enough to get you admitted to the top schools in the country anymore, as has already swept social media. Eight universities, including Stanford and Yale, have been definitively implicated in an admissions bribery scandal. 50 people have been charged and 30 arrested for involvement in what the U.S. Department of Justice is calling a nationwide conspiracy between rich parents, athletic coaches, a university athletics director and SAT and ACT exam administrators. 

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Struggling with drug addiction in college? You’re not alone

The most difficult part was admitting I had a problem. I was a high-achieving student in high school, and my first semester in college I did really well. But then slowly I began to slip. I started skipping class, not doing my homework and failing tests. There were times I didn’t leave my room for days. My grades started to drop as I was developing this depression, which severely worsened it.

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