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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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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