The benefits of screen time

Is screen time always a bad thing? I guess that’s a subjective question in itself, but from the majority of news stations, parents and professionals, the answer seems to be overwhelmingly “yes."

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GVSU should consider campus smoking ban

At its general assembly Thursday, March 29, Grand Valley State University’s student senate considered whether or not to support a smoking-ban proposal presented by representatives of different GVSU departments. A smoking ban (at least on cigarettes, not necessarily e-cigarettes and vaporizers) is definitely something GVSU should consider implementing. 

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Why health insurance should be a priority

As the self-proclaimed greatest country in the world, the U.S. is still falling short on a handful of things that any great country should provide. One of those things is universal health care. Fortunately, in 2010, with the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, our government made an effort to make health care accessible to all. The problem is that even with this signed into law, many people still find health care to be unaffordable and unrealistic. That has to change. 

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Who has to buy your personal data for selling it to be wrong?

It turns out the U.S. public doesn’t like it when you let shady political data firms who brag about having “a long history of working behind the scenes” harvest the personal data of 50 million people in order to predict voter behavior. At least, that’s what Mark Zuckerberg discovered when Facebook stocks dropped by 10 percent after just a week of controversy.  

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The importance of lending your voice

On Monday, March 26, Grand Valley State University alumna and investigative reporter for the Indianapolis Star Marisa Kwiatkowski returned to campus to deliver two separate talks about her part in breaking the USA Gymnastics/Larry Nassar story. A big takeaway from the event was speaking out in support of victims to bring about large-scale change.

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'March for Our Lives' proves youth have been underestimated

Grand Rapid's student-run version of the national "March for Our Lives" attracted thousands of participants on Saturday, March 24. This type of turnout served as a blunt contradiction to the image of teenage uselessness painted by politicians and others who have outspokenly doubted the power of today's youth to participate so actively and effectively in the political sphere. 

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