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GVSU's impact on state merits more funding

The 11th annual Grand Valley State University Accountability Report, which was released Friday, Nov. 3, at the GVSU Board of Trustees meeting in the Kirkhof Center, revealed that GVSU continues to rank well in the areas of graduation rate, retention rate, Pell-eligible students and degrees awarded in critical skills. Despite the strong numbers posted in the Accountability Report, the most jarring figure has to be GVSU's appropriation per student from the state of Michigan.

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A 'fresh' take on healthy, vegetarian living

In the U.S., we are overwhelmed with the idea of choice. We have so many options in front of us all of the time that it is hard to say no. This holds true for the food available to us, too. We have Chinese food, Italian food, Polish food and so much more. We have extra-large fries and half-pound burgers around every corner. While at face value these choices seem to be beneficial, I think the stereotypical American diet does more harm than good.  

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From the treadmill to the squat rack

Ladies, it’s time to step off the cardio machine and into the weight room. When I go to the gym, I see so many girls confining themselves to cardio machines and floor mats, and while these workouts have their time and place, neglecting weight training is a big "no-no" for reaching fitness goals.  

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Mentorship programs at GVSU set students up for success

For any college freshman, adjusting to the undergraduate life can be a challenge. In addition to the change of environment, the newfound freedom and the inevitable lifestyle adjustments, there is also the challenging curriculum students have to learn how to tackle, both in the general education program and within specific majors.  That's why at Grand Valley State University there are mentorship programs in place to connect underclassmen with upperclassmen to learn the ropes of how to navigate college-level challenges. 

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Employers shouldn't hire or fire based on social media

Why is it that employers are able to base a worker's job security on what they put on a social networking site? While I firmly believe that everyone should be careful with what they put out into this world, I cant help but think at what point does the line between one's professional and personal life get crossed? The problem I have with the whole idea of using social media as a means of screening and gaining a sense of character is that it is literally merging two entities together that are meant to stay separate: work life and personal/home life.

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Guest column: 'No phone' zones

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 25, pedestrians in Honolulu will be ticketed and fined $35 if they are caught viewing their electronic devises while crossing the street. Honolulu is the first city in the U.S. to enact such a ban. Might Grand Valley State University wish to consider a similar policy not only while crossing busy streets but in other areas of the university? 

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Increasing pre-college programs is a smart move on GVSU's part

Many prospective college students have no clue what they want to do once they graduate high school. As a general rule of thumb, most 18-year-olds don't have enough experience to have their whole life realistically planned out, even though they are expected to start making those important decisions at that age. To complicate matters, students from underrepresented or low-income backgrounds often don't have the resources to learn about or embark upon the journey to college in the first place.

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Drawing the line between cultural appropriation, appreciation in Halloween costumes

Halloween is here, and you know what that means? Candy corn, pumpkins and children dressing up in racist costumes from other cultures. Wait, what? Over the last few years, I’ve noticed an increase in the number of arguments made against certain types of Halloween costumes, and while I understand and appreciate some of the points made, I also think that some of these ideas could equate to more harm than good. 

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What we can learn about culture from Halloween

At college campuses across the U.S., Halloween is one of the biggest "party" holidays of the year, and Grand Valley State University is no exception. Halloween offers the rare opportunity for students to dress in outlandish costumes without breaking basic social rules. Couple that inhibition with alcohol, bass-heavy music and "spooky"-themed decor, and you have all the ingredients for a classic college party.

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