LBGT representation: is it changing?

On Thursday, Jan. 31, actress Ellen Page gave a powerful interview on The Late Show with Steven Colbert about the harmful effects of hateful leadership in our country and around the globe. Page hadn’t been on the show since shortly after coming out as a lesbian in 2014, and though ostensibly she was there to promote her new Netflix show The Umbrella Academy, interviewer Stephen Colbert’s questions jumped almost immediately to the challenges still facing the LGBT community even in today’s “more accepting” America.

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Welcome, Madam President

Current charismatic leader, Thomas J. Haas, has rallied around the new appointed president and emphasized how her experience and expertise can be beneficial to the smooth transition of leadership. Haas' reputation as president has earned him a unique adoration from students and a lasting legacy at the university. 'T. Haas' smiles' have been jokingly said to fuel GVSU, with his ability to woo the community shaping his presidency to be overwhelmingly positive. The strong adoration for Haas could be intimidating for incoming leadership, but just as Haas has predicted, President Mantella's background and character will help her take on the new fanbase.

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The people we forget, forgot

I was a writer for my high school newspaper in 2014 when news broke of the violent execution of American journalist James Foley at the hands of the infamous terrorist group ISIS. In our newspaper class, we took the time to talk about the risks of reporting in unstable parts of the world or on dangerous people.

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Student media's struggle for funding should matter to its community

It appears with each passing year, Grand Valley State University receives more and more well-deserved recognition for its health curriculum, its business program, its sustainability practices and many other accolades while just last year, GVSU's television program, West Side Stories, won first place in daily newscast at the Michigan Broadcasters Excellence Awards. The Lanthorn is annually recognized as one of the top student-run newspapers in the state and The Whale Radio station has grown in popularity over recent years. Many of these accomplishments are met with further funding and construction to help these programs flourish, while student media continues to beg for scraps from the Student Life Fund.

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MLK Day: Injustice anywhere

As someone who grew up in a predominantly white area, having Martin Luther King Day as an actual day off of school is a weird experience. It’s not that we didn’t know it was a national holiday, it’s just that for some reason we all decided to celebrate that national holiday by having a bunch of elementary schoolers write poems about being nice and called it a day.

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Half a world away

 It’s impossible to know about every single issue happening around the world. Many of us try to stay on top of the news as best we can, but it’s difficult with our busy lives. Not only that, spending time reading about all the different tragedies in the world can be extremely depressing, especially when it feels as though there’s nothing you can do to help. But what if you could make a difference?

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A brief guide to health and wellness

With the arrival of the new year, many people are ready to kick bad habits, implement healthy routines and grab life by the horns. While some people find success with their resolutions, it’s not uncommon for people start the year off strong and then lose their steam a few weeks later. 

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Moving on out, moving on up

At the beginning of winter break, staple GVSU spot Mully's Bar and Grill closed its doors for good, with no notice to its staff or community. Mully's Bar and Grill did not respond to comment regarding the reason for the hasty shutdown, preferring to text their employees days after what would be their final day. The aftermath of Mully's closure left many shocked and confused, but maybe it shouldn't have.

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