When did immigration become such a bad thing?

The U.S. that we all know and love (at least most of the time) has been built off one very important thing: immigration. Most of the nation's citizens are descendants of people who immigrated to the country, many of whom didn’t do so politely or legally. Yes, I’m talking to you, Andrew Jackson. Our Founding Fathers were not even familiar with the idea of illegal immigration because during the 18th century, it simply did not exist. Still, this era was a pivotal time for our country as a whole, and it makes me wonder when immigration became so bad. 

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Olympic Games serve as opportunity to come together

When the Olympics start, I put all other television programs and movies aside. For two weeks, the games are my only true form of entertainment. I love the competition, seeing people make their dreams come true and watching underdogs become victors. Mostly, though, I love watching the opening ceremony and seeing athletes from countries around the world come together. 

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GVSU officials need to be transparent with Presidents' Ball cost

Many Grand Valley State University students are completely unaware of how much Presidents' Ball costs to put on. The allocation amount is accessible, but the actual budget in full is not readily available to students, nor is it particularly transparent, despite the event's cost being described as such by many officials. The least that students should expect from those in charge of planning and funding the event is explicit accuracy and transparency. If an event is taking place to get prospective students to come to GVSU, the students who go here now should know what they're paying for first. 

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Why the 2018 Winter Olympics are significant for LGBT athletes

The fanfare surrounding the Olympics is nothing new. Every two years, either the summer or winter games provide a perfect setting for the world to come together. Perhaps more importantly, the Olympics allow people from different races, religions and identities to truly connect. The focus of each Olympic cycle is always different, but this year, the winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are highlighting something particularly important: LGBT athletes.

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The Dumbledore problem

As the shrinking group of people who are still deeply invested in "Harry Potter" probably already knows, there’s a new movie written by J.K. Rowling coming out this November called "The Crimes of Grindelwald." Despite being named for an entirely different character, the film will apparently be giving a lot of focus to everyone’s favorite absentminded headmaster, exploring “how Dumbledore becomes Dumbledore.” 

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On thoughts and prayers

On Wednesday, Feb. 14, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was the site of a deadly mass shooting. At the time of writing, at least 17 were dead and there were multiple others wounded.  How much blood has to be spilled for legislators to bring more than thoughts and prayers to the table?

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We need to stop judging athletes on their appearance

When I was little, I looked up to strong female athletes. I idolized Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach and Serena Williams. They were everything I wanted to be: strong, powerful, graceful and passionate. As I grew up, I played a lot of sports and surrounded myself with athletes who pushed me and inspired me. I pushed myself not only to play as well as others, but to look as good as them, too. I wanted to be an athlete, and I wanted to look like an athlete.   But what does it mean to look like an athlete? 

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