It's time to start thinking about Michigan’s gubernatorial race

The political climate is something new to many of us Grand Valley State University students. In fact, some freshmen probably can’t even vote yet. But regardless of your age, if you weren’t raised in a politically active family, chances are that through primary school you didn’t learn much more than the three branches of government and the presidents on Mount Rushmore. With the 2018 elections coming up, specifically the race for Michigan's next governor, now is the time to start learning about our political system and thinking about how you're going to vote. 

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BOTV a tradition worth keeping

After a few weeks of deliberation, the Grand Valley State University student senate finally voted Thursday, March 1, to continue the annual Battle of the Valleys charity competition against Saginaw Valley State University.  While some senators had expressed concern that the competition might not be well-known enough to be worth keeping (reflected in the 12 votes against continuing it), Battle of the Valleys is arguably one of the only Laker Traditions that has a tangible and significant effect on the surrounding community.

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How we are shaped to hate

As members of society, we do a great job of pointing out the flaws we find in one another. It’s easy to see someone’s faults, but rarely do we look deeper to figure out why these issues or problems exist. In a way, it’s the age-old debate of nature versus nurture. Maybe on the finer levels nature plays a role, but I would argue that the greater problems in society are a result of nurturing—or the lack thereof.  

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Respect should be earned, not taken for granted

If someone were to ask you why you say "please" and "thank you," what would you say? That it’s polite? That you were taught to do so? Chances are it wasn’t just a trait you were born with. As young adults, we are accustomed to doing certain things. We know the rules and we follow them. Respecting our elders is one of those rules. The greater question is why someone deserves our respect just because their birthday falls a few decades before ours.  

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'Black Panther': Not your average superhero movie

Even just from the trailers it was obvious to the world that “Black Panther” was going to be aesthetically amazing. The costuming and the architecture of Wakanda is as beautiful as it is detailed, and the soundtrack curated by Kendrick Lamar arguably trumps that of “Guardians of the Galaxy” as the best Marvel music to date. Now that the movie has dropped, its ambitious plot and fully realized characters have critics fawning as it has become clear that “Black Panther” has much more on other superhero films than just aesthetic. 

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Column: The problem with the NCAA

One of the most polarizing athletes of all time took a stand against one of the most influential athletic organizations earlier in the week.  LeBron James commented on the recent National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) scandals revealed by a federal investigation. 

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President Haas leaving big shoes to fill

At a gathering of administrators, faculty, staff and students, Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas announced his impending retirement Wednesday, Feb. 28. As one would expect, his surprise announcement has been met with emotional cries of nostalgia from the campus community. Haas, affectionately dubbed "T. Haas" by students, has had an immeasurable impact on the university and will be leaving his yet-to-be-determined successor with enormous shoes to fill.

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Social media being abused after Parkland shooting

It’s been over a week since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. While we sit back and wonder what has gone wrong in the U.S. and why these situations keep occurring, not only are we devastated and thirsty for change, but we are also divided. Instead of uniting and supporting one another and those affected by the event, many people are voicing selfish opinions and creating useless arguments on social media that belittle the severity of the situation at hand.

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Breaking out of a workout rut

College is awesome, but sometimes I miss high school for one simple reason: sports. During my teenage years I was able to play indoor sports pretty much all year long, and it was a great way to stay active. Nowadays, it feels like I’m stuck with a treadmill and an elliptical if I’m looking to get my cardio in. With that fact in mind, I think it’s important to look for other ways to get moving because my 22-year-old metabolism surely won’t last forever (even if my love of Doritos does).

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