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Sex-tape scandals keep stars relevant

By: Tyra Mills TV personalities Mimi Faust and Nikko Smith, who are featured on VH1’s reality series, “Love and Hip Hop NY,” sent Twitter accounts into a frenzy across the country when their “homemade” sex tape dropped online last week. There has been a mixed reaction to sex tapes in the celebrity world. Some fans are disgusted and some pass ...

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Love overcomes hate

 By: Jordan Barela Apparently, it only takes 30 seconds to offend a right-wing group. Honey Maid, the classic graham cracker brand, recently released an ad that showcases how much the family dynamic has changed. The ad features a gay couple, an interracial couple, a single dad and a military family. The ad is heartfelt and has a positive message, but ...

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Electives make well-rounded students

Written by: John Stephen  As the frenzy and stress that accompanies the end of the semester descends like a weight upon campus, many students may question why they are required to take so many classes, especially electives that are not relevant to their major. Electives, however, are not a waste of time; they are essential in building a student’s foundation ...

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Understanding depression

Written by: Jordan Hill  Although Tumblr bans users who promote depression, self-harm or suicide, the users are still all over the site. While some users find sympathy and help from other users, the users sometimes encourage self-harm instead of deterring it. Depression is a sickness that sometimes forces people to harm themselves by cutting their wrists or even committing suicide. ...

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Pipeline proves destructive

Written by: LaMarcus Wilkerson  Fracking, a technique used to extract natural gas from Earth by drilling at 10,000 ft. below the surface, is destroying our planet. Local investors have been considering the possibility of building a pipeline that’ll run from Alabama through Lowndes County and stretch into central Florida. Students Against Violating the Environment (S.A.V.E) is a VSU environmental organization ...

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Night shuttle can’t go to sleep

When word got around that the night shuttle may be coming to an end, many students became concerned. The night shuttle is a must-have service offered by the university. It gives students a piece of mind knowing they don’t have to walk across campus in the middle of the night. Walking around at night can be sketchy, especially with inadequate ...

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On-campus living part on freshman experience

Written by: Tyra Mills  We all must go through “the freshman phase.” It seems like your freshman year just flies by; I guess time does fly when you’re having fun. The freshman experience is probably where most of your memories and learning experiences come from. It is the first time many students have total freedom to do whatever they want. ...

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Hobby Lobby: Controlling contraceptives

Written by: Abbie Baggerly & Elan Waite Pro Hobby Lobby should be allowed to freely exercise its beliefs without fear of punishment.  Hobby Lobby is many people’s first choice when they want to purchase arts and crafts, and it is on Fortune’s list of largest private companies in the Unites States.   The employer adheres to religious ideals such as honoring ...

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Pushing for more diversity

Take a look around campus, and you’ll see a plethora of identities. People of different genders, ethnicities and races come to VSU to get an education, and as a result there is an adequate amount of diversity. But take a look at members of the faculty and administration, and you’ll realize they are not a reflection of the students. According ...

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