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Editorial: New Georgia law increases voter suppression

As of March 18, Georgia lawmakers have passed a law that exclusively disadvantages minorities and Democratic affiliates. According to CNN, despite the claims by Former President Donald J. Trump regarding the November election, which have frequently been proven false, this new law has illegitimized the votes of many citizens that contributed to his removal from the White House. This new ...

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Column: Asian-American hate crimes need to come to an end

On March 16, a mass shooting occurred at a local Atlanta Asian-owned nail salon and spa. Robert Aaron Long shot eight victims with six dying from their injuries. According to BBC News, police say Mr. Long claims that the shooting was not racially motivated but admits to the shooting. If you ask me, the attack could have been racially motivated ...

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Editorial: There is no room for back tracking in self-improvement

When COVID-19 sparked the nation to shut down in March 2020, students were forced home to sit around and be with themselves. To many, this may have been nothing new, but others felt like it was the end of the world. No parties, hang out sessions or quick mall runs left people alone to face themselves for once. Quarantine became ...

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People Poll: Will you be getting the vaccine?

Isaiah Wallace, junior communications major “The right to say yes or no to being vaccinated is an individual choice. With that being said, my choice is to participate in the country’s vaccination effort not only for my health but to also put in consideration of the people’s health around me including my loved ones who are already ill.” Jameion Capps, ...

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A.C.T.I.O.N. pushes for the renaming of Forrest Street

A.C.T.I.O.N, a sociology and anthropology club at VSU, is currently petitioning for a change of “Forrest Street” to “Barack Obama Boulevard.” A.C.T.I.O.N stands for A Chance To Initiate Opportunities Now and is organized by David Davis, a graduate student and passionate activist. The club is consistently pushing for social change in Valdosta. Forrest Street is named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, ...

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Will the Biden Administration make student debt forgiveness a reality?

Since the Biden administration’s inception, the consensus was that having a Democrat president again would open the door for progressive ideas to become legislated. One of those progressive ideas is forgiving student debt. But ever since Biden said he would forgive up to $10,000 rather than $50,000 in student debt at a recent town hall, the question remains: Could a ...

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Lowndes County reopens Kendrick Johnson case

In January 2013, 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was found dead, rolled up in a gym mat upside down at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, GA. On March 10, eight years after the initial incident, the case is reopened. Lowndes County Sheriff, Ashley Paulk reopened the case due to receiving new documents he requested from federal investigators two years ago after being ...

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VSU finally receives COVID vaccine

VSU received doses of the COVID-19 vaccine yesterday, March 9. VSU President, Dr. Richard Carvajal said, “They are Moderna doses, they came from the Department of Public Health and we believe it is enough to work with our 1A group.” 1A group are those who are 65 and older or have health conditions, etc. Appointments are now being set up. ...

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Joe Biden follows through with 100-day agenda

President Biden transitioned various COVID-19 related policies within his first few days in office. So far, President Biden is ahead of schedule when it comes to his urgency in accomplishing each aspect of his “100-day agenda”. On just day one, President Biden reversed multiple Trump orders including Rejoining the WHO (World Health Organization), Rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, Formation of ...

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VSU continues to try to keep COVID-19 cases down

Last week, VSU welcomed back students alongside 27 COVID-19 cases. According to their website, VSU has a total of 46 active cases on campus since Jan. 15. There are 24 students and three employees who have been added to this list, making 27 new cases in total. There are a total of 1,390 employees and 12,407 students at VSU this ...

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Current COVID-19 Stats for Valdosta State University

Check the current number of cases on the VSU campus here!