Represent

The Executive Committee of the University Academic Senate recently posed a question about student representation on its various committees. Although Student Senate is allowed to appoint members to fill the seats, many remain empty as representatives fail to attend meetings or neglect to be appointed.

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What other schools don't want you to know about GVSU

Last week, The Lanthorn published two very interesting yet ostensibly conflicting articles: the first, a report on the current state of the Honors College and the expansion of its student body; the second, an editorial that suggests a hike in the selectivity of the Honors College would garner more prestige for GVSU.

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A Solution to Superhero Fatigue

Since “Batman Begins” (2005) and “Iron Man” (2008), the movie industry has been thoroughly saturated with superhero movies. Sure, there were superheroes on the big screen before that. Marvel had pumped out a couple of X-Men movies, and DC had a long history with Superman and Batman films. But none of those earlier movies came close to what “Batman Begins” and “Iron Man” did: they made comic books characters cool. Before these films, superheroes were reserved for kids under 10 and nerds (back when that term was an insult). Now, every third person on the street is wearing a superhero logo and “Tony Stark” and “Bruce Wayne” are household names. And with both “Avengers 2” and “Batman vs. Superman” set for 2015, you can expect the trend to continue.

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A Freudian Walking Tour of GVSU

Hello, and welcome to the Self-Guided Freudian Walking Tour of Grand Valley State University’s Allendale campus. The purpose of this tour is to provide you with an overview of the phallic art on campus, as well as to suggest some potential theories on its prevalence.

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College as Reinvention

If this is your first year away from home: Congratulations! Though it may not feel like it as you’re walking home from your first CHM 115 lecture with 50 practice problems, you’ve just signed on for a truly liberating experience. The truth of the matter is: you’re autonomous now. Unlike high school, neither the state, nor your parents, can legally coerce you into going to your classes. Your actions are your own responsibility, for better or for worse. But the coolest consequence of autonomy in a new place is: you have a second chance to become whoever it is you’d like to become.

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Welcome Week heat and the skin you live in

Move-in day at college is always hot—a wet hot that inhabits all the intimate places of your body you forget about when the weather is mild: the cracks in your skin, the back of your neck, the space in between each toe. You become keenly aware of your flesh and its aesthetic shortcomings in such conditions: sweat makes your clothes stick to skin at areas that do not compliment your shape. You feel conscious of your body—the way it looks, moves, bends and gyrates. You uncomfortably lift a heavy box of school supplies or toiletries. Your cotton shirt darkens under the arms and at the back. You look down at yourself—at the areas where sweat has accumulated. You feel other eyes on you. You get the keen sense that you are an organism, a piece of flesh, exposed to the hot sun and the judgment of others.

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