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Photo illustration by Adam Niemi | Assistant Photo Editor

Valentine’s Day growing more diverse, but still has room for improvement

Diversity is rarely a subject that comes up on Valentine’s Day. Advertisements, media, main-stream pop culture, and society in general have in their minds one specific type of couple that celebrates Valentine’s Day – white, heterosexual, cisgender individuals. Some find […]
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The not so commercial history of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that has been around for years, yet for the most part, people still do not know a lot about its origins. What is now a day of candy hearts, chocolate, roses and love could possibly have […]
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Photo Illustration by Arin Bisaro | Staff Photographer

The cost of Valentine’s Day: Students nickel and dime their way into each others’ hearts

Flowers, candy and stuffed animals are just a few of the cliché gifts Americans shell out their dollars for each year for Valentine’s Day. According to CNN, the U.S. spent about $18.6 billion on the holiday in 2013, with the average person […]
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COLUMN: Loving yourself on Valentine’s Day is important, too

When I think of Valentine’s Day, I picture one pink, heart-covered word in my head: Pressure. It’s always been that way for me, whether single, taken or somewhere in between. Even if no one inflicts this pressure on me, I’m […]
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Being single on Valentine’s Day might not be the end of the world

Love is in the air and students on campus are getting ready for the most romantic day of the year. Valentine’s Day plays a major role for couples, but it can pose a problem for single students. However, being single […]
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Demonstrators gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Washington, DC. The court is expected to rule on a case on the Defense of Marriage Act and other gay rights issues this week. (Pete Marovich | MCT)

Landmark marriage equality case set to be heard in federal court

Editor’s note: This story has been adjusted to correct an inaccuracy. Feb. 25 marks the start of a monumental court case that might change the future of marriage in Michigan and possibly the United States. Judge Bernard Friedman of the […]
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COLUMN: The meaning of it all

Amidst the whirlwind of Hallmark cards, teddy bears, roses and an endless supply of candy hearts, the true meaning of Valentine’s Day can be elusive to the naked eye. What began as a story of one priest’s heroic work to […]
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Tom Idema said the key thing that made him lose weight was keeping and actively using a food log daily along with exercise and supplement shakes.

Administrator Tom Idema’s weight loss first step in journey toward a healthy lifestyle

Weight loss is no light task for millions of Americans as the market is flooded by short-term fixes and crash diets, but one university administrator decided to change his life and watched the pounds disappear. Tom Idema, director of Student […]
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Nathan Clark

COLUMN: Entertainment should cost how much it’s really worth

I love all sorts of entertainment mediums. Movies, music, video games and books all call to me from every corner of the Earth, thanks to the Internet. With the exception of a few mainstream media companies who look for ways […]
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Being gluten-free challenges students’ shopping lists and wallets

As products labeled “gluten-free” flood the market, hardly anyone knows what a product’s lack of gluten means or how hard it is to avoid it. Gluten is a protein that gives dough an elastic texture and is found in wheat, rye, […]
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Students discuss varying eating habits around the world

From home-cooked meals to fast food, people will eat whatever they find satisfying. Just because something is satisfyingly tasty doesn’t mean people can eat endless amounts of it. Eating habits in the United States differ from those in other countries […]
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Choosing healthy snacks easier than it looks

Snacking on healthy foods in college can be tough when it’s easy to get caught up in the cheap, open-late fast food restaurants that are in abundance around Mount Pleasant. Students much rather buy the cheap food than make it […]


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