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A Spectator’s view: Pokémon battle showdown

Written By: Jordan Barela and John Preer This week’s RetroSpec is a little different. Jordan Barela, social media editor, and John Preer, features editor, are two avid Pokémon fans. What do Pokemon fans, especially big fans like these two editors do? They figure out who has the better Pokémon team. There is only one way to figure out whose team ...

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Study-abroad program growing at community colleges

By Patricia Alex / The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) / (MCT) HACKENSACK, N.J. – Most community college students haven’t left their counties for school; now a push is under way for them to leave the country. Bergen Community College in New Jersey is one of more than 240 schools that are part of an initiative by the global Institute of International ...

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Streaming poses a dilemma for musicians, fan

Written By: Dan Deluca   To stream or not to stream: That is the question. Back in July, when Taylor Swift was plotting the pop-music takeover that culminated in sales of almost 1.3 million copies of her album 1989 in its debut week, she wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. Widely mocked as naIve at the time, the ...

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DEBATE: Award winning team adds to long list of accolades

Written By: Marquez Slaughter VSU’s Speech and Debate Team may be considered the underdogs on campus when it comes down to the school’s competitive activities against other universities, but the team brings wins as well as championships to the university. Members of the Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team consider themselves the homecoming champions from their win in the VSU Blazer ...

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A rich history: First person shooters, a staple for gamers

Seeing the action unfold through the eyes of a character is an experience that can be lived when playing first-person shooters. The first-person shooter has been around since the early 1970s. Two of the first games in this genre were “Maze War”, which was a game in which players rambled around in a maze battling foes and “Spasim,” a space ...

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Whistl phone case gives user added line of defense when in danger

Written By: Cole Edwards A new smartphone case created to help ease the number of sexual assault cases, particularly on college campuses, is soon to be available.   The Whistl is described as an iPhone case that aims to prevent sexual assault and violent crime by giving the user a case where one click of a button on the side of ...

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The ‘Social Media Killer’ sets his sights on cyberbullying

Written By: Marquez Slaughter Cyberbullying is a nation-wide issue that is at the top of the chart when it comes down to suicide and death rates. The award winning novel, “Lure to Death: The Social Media Killer,” focuses on the issue from the victim’s point of view. Blair London, the author of the novel, bases all of her stories on ...

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Benefit and Wellness fair at VSU

Written By: Kristin Whitman Flu season is in the works—are you prepared?   The 9th annual Benefit and Wellness Fair took place this past Tuesday on the third floor of the Student Union and included free massages, prize giveaways and free or inexpensive flu shots.   There were over 60 exhibitors at the event handing out information on health and ...

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Lemons:Vitamin C o ers health bene ts to victims of  u

Written By:  Hailey Nelson           Flu season is creeping up on us and many of you are probably already stocking up on medications and tissues. Besides going to the grocery store and buying high priced medications, you probably already have the ingredients in your house to combat any cold or flu. It turns out lemon can ...

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Andrew Jeschke wins fi rst place at VSU’s 48 hour film festival

Written By: Brittney Penland Andrew Jeschke, senior mass media student from Alpharetta, won first place overall and first place fan favorite in VSU’s 48 hour film festival on Oct.19.   “The film [Strange Fruit] takes a twisted look on realism through the lives of three individuals linked through extra-ordinary occurrences,” Jeschke said.   The three requirements for the film were ...

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