Making the best of failure in college

Failure in college, as in life, is inevitable. The truth is that college is hard, and with so much information to learn, memorize and deliver, sometimes we fall short of our expectations. In a place where it seems like the only thing that matters is a good GPA, failure can feel like the end of the world. However, I think that failure might be one of the most important aspects of college. It allows us to learn and to grow not only as intellectuals, but as humans. 

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The significance of Trump's rhetoric

On both sides of the aisle, journalists, politicians and their supporters are immersed in the use of rhetoric. Without written speech and verbal communication the flow of information would be non-existent, so it isn’t surprising that the political realm has found a way to wield this power. Even people who don’t consider themselves to be "normal" politicians, like our current President Donald Trump, have found a way to manipulate words to suit themselves. In the continued wake of this year’s State of the Union, it is important to understand just what we’re hearing and seeing from our president.  

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Nunes memo is bad news for everyone involved

On Friday, Feb. 2, Trump authorized the release of the Nunes memo, a four-page memorandum making the claim that the evidence (a dossier prepared by former British spy Christopher Steele) the FBI used to get a warrant against Trump’s former campaign adviser was partially financed by both the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.  Whether the document is true or not, it’s clearly damaging to the ongoing Russia investigation, since “may have used fabricated evidence while investigating treason” is a bad look on anybody, much less a national security organization.

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Why we need to stop normalizing stress

Sometimes, as papers and assignment pile up, I feel like I live in a constant state of stress. For college students, extreme levels of stress are really just everyday occurrences that almost feel normal. But really, we shouldn’t normalize heightened stress and we shouldn’t glorify it, either. Stress can be serious, and we should treat it accordingly. While we all experience it in different degrees, stress can affect all areas of life, whether we are aware of it or not. 

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GVSU administration is responding appropriately to Larry Nassar, MSU scandal

After the seismic wave of damning victim-survivor testimonies in the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case, Michigan State University's staff, administration, internal review policies and reporting mechanisms are consequently being put under the microscope and scrutinized by the public. While MSU is beginning to suffer the (well-deserved) consequences of being called out for gross neglect of victim survivors, other universities are now being compelled to conduct their own internal reviews and investigations to avoid the public relations disaster that MSU is currently experiencing.

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Why you can’t out-exercise a bad diet

It’s a common misconception that exercise is all you need to stay healthy and reach fitness goals. People think going to the gym is going to instantaneously change their health, but this mindset needs to change. Yes, going to the gym is a great step to getting fit, but there is much more to consider. 

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