'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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Responding constructively to Parkland shooting

In the wake of the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida, many people are joining together in solidarity with the shooting survivors to fight for change. While another mass shooting staining our country's history books has reignited the age-old gun-control debate and emboldened online trolls, plenty of people have been reacting to the tragedy peacefully and with outward expressions of solidarity in order to not produce any more hurt. This response speaks to a larger issue: Peaceful protests, or nonviolent protests that don't involve hurting people or property, are a good way to make our voices heard. 

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Taking action in the wake of another school shooting

There are certain events that shake us as U.S. citizens to the core. Oftentimes, these events prove to be divisive and citizens feel obligated to pick a side. One of these events occurred on Valentine’s Day, a day meant to strengthen the feeling of love, but it instead reinforced the existence of hate. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was ravaged by a mass shooting. Instinctive reactions were a combination of grief, disgust and activism, but now as a country we must ask ourselves what we’re really going to do about it.

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We shouldn't hate the unknown

In an inspiring lecture from Daryl Davis, author of "Klan-destine Relationships: A Black Man’s Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan," the Grand Valley State University community was reminded that striving to understand others' beliefs is key in bridging the gap between people.

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