Remembering the simple things this holiday season

We are living in a time of distress. The news seems to be almost always bad, with stories on shootings, rage, police brutality and ongoing political drama. While these issues aren’t necessarily new, they seem more alive and relevant than ever. While our world is filled with hate, it can be so easy to drown in the bad things. However, as we enter the holidays, I think we all need to do a better job of remembering and being thankful for the simple things in life.  

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Why being thankful should include giving back

The semester is winding down, and I think I speak for all students when I say, "Thank goodness." College is hard, plain and simple, but we’re lucky to be here. As we approach Thanksgiving break, I think it’s important to remember to be thankful for all of the opportunities that we have been given. More than that, I think we should all take some time to give back to those who are less fortunate than we are.  

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What Australia is doing right with voting

There’s been a lot of celebration recently over the result of a national vote in Australia confirming that the majority of its population—61.6 percent of participating voters—supports the possibility of marriage-equality legislation, a prospect that seems very likely to become reality after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s pledge to “get on with the job the Australian people asked us to do, and get this done, this year, before Christmas.” 

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Should Facebook have a 'dislike' button?

With advancements in technology, along with vast updates and upgrades, comes customer accommodation. We saw Apple consumers persuade Apple to finally include a middle finger emoji as an option on the keyboard. Facebook, however, isn’t as easily convinced by its consumers that the "dislike" button is a good idea.

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Classroom complaints: Tablet desks not cutting it

When students are trying to concentrate in class, listen attentively to their professors' lectures and take detailed notes, the last thing they should have to worry about is whether or not they'll be comfortable in their seats. Unfortunately, this is a problem for some Grand Valley State University students who take classes in rooms with tablet desks.

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