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Pop Addict: Nicki Minaj, It Chapter Two, Ariana Grande

Hello to all the pop addicts out there at Valdosta State! This has been a slow week for pop culture, but let’s see what tea we can get into this week! Undoubtedly the biggest story in recent news: Nicki Minaj announced her retirement via Twitter. This came as a shock to many people, especially her fans, as it was a ...

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“It Chapter Two” – cutting edge horror or simply controversial?

For a movie whose opening scene includes the brutalization of a young gay couple, you’d think that the writers just wanted to catch your attention quickly with shock value writing. In the case of It Chapter Two, you would be sorely mistaken. One of the first lines you hear in the movie is, “you got a problem [explicit]?” A young ...

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Remember the Legend: Tupac Shakur

On this day 23 years ago, the hip-hop world lost one of their most iconic figures in Tupac Shakur. Tupac was shot on September 7, 1996 as he was going to watch a Mike Tyson fight at the MGM Grand Hotel when someone drove by and shot him four times. He was taken to a hospital where he was in ...

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Playing Chess or Playing Dirty? The Jay-Z Drama in Full

There’s reasonable doubt as to whether Jay-Z is either a sellout or a strategic businessman. There is no middle ground, at least according to social media, Fox and MSNBC. Lately, rapper Jay-Z has been receiving backlash from the public regarding his decision to team up with the NFL, whom he has been vocally against. The deal that Jay-Z made with ...

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National Chicken Month: Who has the best chicken?

September is everyone’s favorite month for one reason: National Chicken Month! Ever since the Popeyes chicken sandwich has become the talk of the times, a huge debate has arisen on the Internet involving Popeyes vs. Chick-Fil-A. Such commotion could only lead to one question: who is the best fast-food chicken connoisseur? I have chosen nine of the most popular fast ...

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Editorial: VSU’s parking model is even worse than before

The new parking model for the North Oak parking deck that forces commuters and residents to share a garage did nothing but prove that the VSU administration and SGA are tone deaf about “student satisfaction.” The current parking model has been a source of contention for years. Most students complain about the long walking distances to class in the hot ...

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Introducing SpecTalk, the voice of students, by students

The Spectator has some new plans for this 2019-2020 year. As a staff, we want to reach our readers in different ways. SpecTalk came about and we are just thrilled for this new opportunity.  SpecTalk is a podcast for the students by the students.  Our engagement editor, Kaitlyn Baich, is the host and editor of SpecTalk.  On Wednesdays we plan ...

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2019 Video Music Awards Review: Why Is This Still a Thing?

From the underwhelming red carpet looks to the lackluster music performances, this year’s MTV Video Music Awards adds to the narrative that the award show gets more and more mediocre every year. This year’s big event included a variety of celebrities in attendance including rising stars in music like Megan Thee Stallion, pop superstars like Taylor Swift, and industry legends ...

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VSU decides not to cancel class in the midst of Hurricane Dorian

After ripping through the Bahamas and leaving many people devastated as a category 5 storm, Hurricane Dorian is making its way up the East Coast. Even though the Bahamas were left in ruins and many areas on Georgia’s coast are expected to feel the impacts from Hurricane Dorian, the Lowndes County area is not expected to get hit by the ...

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