Why is the Lodge sending me emails?

You’ve already chosen housing for next year, you didn’t give a marketing person your email address, and yet on a regular basis, a new email shows up your school inbox advertising the Lodge. Our student email addresses are a place for us to email people about university related things. I do not want emails advertising apartment complexes to be filling up my inbox, especially when I did not give them permission to do so.

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Finding the balance between optimism, pessimism

How would you describe yourself as a thinker? Are you optimistic or pessimistic? Are you always looking with hope to the future or are you preoccupied with the worst case scenario? Are you satisfied with however you think, or do wish you don’t think the way you do? Like many other things in life, I believe there’s a certain balance between the two ends of the spectrum that we should try to reach in order to keep a clear mind in the face of life’s peaks and valleys.

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On the hunt

In a previous Lanthorn editorial, we urged administration to be cautious when selecting a new candidate to fill Provost Gayle Davis' position. Since then, the university has been through five potential provost candidates, and none of them seem to have made the cut. With only two months left in the semester, we're left with questions about the search process and a sense of urgency as prime training opportunities for the new candidate pass.

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The art of learning

Ultimately, every student at Grand Valley State University opted to continue schooling in order to achieve higher education. Whether the motivation stemmed from the ability to get a better job, receive higher pay, or simply to gain more knowledge, earning a college degree is certainly a priority for everyone here.

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Is it really a wonder we don't all get along?

We’ve all heard it before ‘why can’t we just get along?’ This simple question has existed for a long time, forever some might say. It exists on playgrounds, in the workplace and in social issues like politics. While ‘getting along’ sounds ideal, I don’t think it is necessarily surprising that we don’t. We are a nation that is quite literally founded on differences leading to wars, run by a political system that is a dichotomy, filled with people of completely contrasting beliefs.

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Taking responsibility

The idea of climate change has been a topic of contention for decades. Whether it's the vast majority of scientists proving through data and facts that climate change is happening, or if it's people who oppose it and insist it isn't real, the talk of our planet becoming warmer has been on our minds. Recently, former mayor of Grand Rapids George Heartwell visited Grand Valley State University to talk about his work in advancing the sustainability of Grand Rapids. We want to applaud Heartwell's work and encourage others to follow in his footsteps.

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Learning a second language

Think back to a time when you were walking down the sidewalk or standing in line for something, and heard someone near you start speaking another language. How do you react? Were you interested in their language? Did it irritate you at all? Did you wish you knew what they were saying? Whether we accept it or not, language diversity is very common in this world. And although it’s not something anybody should feel obligated to do, there are benefits of knowing a second language.

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Healthy snacking on campus

In Lake Ontario Hall, there’s a line of vending machines loaded with varieties of delicious sweet and salty processed junk food. Last year, my fingers seemed to code in their numbers all too often as I was running late from class to work on an empty stomach. Ripping open a bag of Gardettos, speeding down the hall, I wished I had something a little healthier and more fulfilling, but the option didn’t seem to be quickly accessible. Still, I knew the product was a pretty wasteful and unsatisfying way to start the day and I felt some guilt, but I had to eat something on those days scheduled back-to-back.

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The dangers of fake news

Since the election, the political climate at Grand Valley State University has mirrored that of the nation: split, divisive and covered by a general cloud of uneasiness. Whether you love or hate Donald Trump, he will definitely be a president to remember. Something he has particularly emphasized recently is his war against the media, calling them the "enemy of the American people."

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