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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Who Are You & Why Are You Here?

As you may already know, there’s been a behemoth of new and unfamiliar faces around campus lately, which means that it’s the new semester and people from all over Michigan, the United States and even the world are right here right now. Oh, how I enjoy seeing excited and nervous faces while they’re trying to figure themselves out in this place.

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All-inclusive?

In its Inclusion and Implementation Plan released earlier this summer, Grand Valley State University boasted large forward strides in welcoming diversity.

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Summer Broke

Being broke in the summer can be worse than any other time of year. The influx of concerts and outdoor events (most of which cost money) can mean either the spending of what little money you have, or sitting on the sidelines wishing you had a couple of bucks to spare.

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The top 5 pros and cons of the Mary Idema Pew Library

A glittering palace in the center of campus, the Mary Idema Pew Learning and Information Commons gives you the impression that you’re physically and symbolically revolving around it. Since it opened last week, it’s been flooded with a steady stream of students who have been itching to go inside since the first support beams were put in place. Having found every excuse to spend time there, here is my personal list of the library’s top five achievements and disappointments:

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Like a good neighbor

In the most recent Board of Trustees meeting held at Grand Valley State University, the board authorized a partnership with four more statewide charter schools bringing the total number of authorized schools to 51.

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No more. Please!

I can’t have anything! I’m starting to become afraid that the things I like are going to be popular, because I know the creators will think popularity warrants sequels, prequels or spin offs. This is an epidemic that has begun to spread outside of Hollywood and threatens to wipe out any semblance of originality when it comes to new properties and franchises.

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