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Editorial: Rekindling the Firepit

A student section is meant to be flamboyant, energizing and most importantly, loyal especially when the team is slapping around competition while in route to inserting their selves in history. The Blazers are 7-0 and ranked No.7 heading into the homecoming game. They’re arguably the greatest show on DII turf, averaging 50 or more points per game, making them the ...

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The Spectator’s Mid-Term Elections Review

In yesterday’s Mid-Term elections, millions of Americans casted their votes. Some were motivated by a “Blue Wave” and a chance to check the powers of an administration often seen as contentious or divisive. Others took the polls galvanized by the blue wave’s possibility, determined to retain conservative control in our nation’s political offices. Now, over 24 hours after polls closed, ...

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Editorial: Georgia governor’s race needs to rewrite history

The VSU Spectator is asking Brian Kemp to rewrite history. We’d like to ask this gubernatorial candidate to rewrite history in an actual sense. We’d be thrilled to see Kemp go back to the moment he announced his decision to run for governor of Georgia and step down from his position as secretary of state, to ensure a fair election. ...

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Editorial: A simple solution to student satisfaction

Blocked walkways, caution tape, boarded hallways, fences and loud engines are the results of the constant construction around VSU which, since the beginning of the fall semester, every student has seen and experienced. West Hall, Sustella and Oak Parking Decks, and Odum Library are all visibly under construction; however, this doesn’t scratch the surface of the future development planned at ...

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Editorial: ‘Walk Up Not Walk Out’ promotes victim blaming

It has been over a month since the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people and wounded 14. Students across the country, including Valdosta High School, participated in National School Walkout Day on March 14 to raise awareness of the victims of school shootings and demand new gun law changes. Some ...

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Editorial: Student input on commencement a must

Though graduation still seems a long way off for those of us who will be walking across the stage, our last day at VSU is right around the corner and approaching fast. VSU has already made an announcement about commencement that has flown under the radar: the commencement speaker. If you go to the commencement webpage you’ll see, down at ...

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Editorial: Respecting women is the least you can do

Underrepresentation. Unpaid maternity leave. Gender pay gap. Breastfeeding shaming. Catcalling. Domestic violence. Slut shaming. Restrictive reproductive rights. Sexual abuse. Rape. Need we say more? These among countless others are challenges women face every day across the world, and it is why celebrating Women’s History Month is so important, especially for addressing underrepresentation. Because women’s history was unknown in classrooms and ...

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Editorial: VSU’s new parking proposal broadens issues with parking

Over the past few weeks, SGA and the Department of Parking and Transportation have worked together to propose a new parking model for VSU. The Tiered Parking proposal divides VSU into three different color-coded zones: gold, blue and green. These zones come with paid parking passes whose price and priority vary by color. The Tiered Parking model has a first-come-first-serve ...

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Editorial: Private profiles don’t protect prejudice

People love to speak their minds, especially on their “private” social media profiles. But what if the content that is posted is troubling, or, like in some recent news, racist? Even though we are not a full month into 2018, incidents of prejudice and hate speech have flooded the media. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 19-year-old Harley Barber, a ...

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Editorial: Take time for mental health

Dear stressed student, In the famous words of Lucille Ball: are you feeling tired, run-down, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular? The answer to all your problems is in this little editorial. Let’s talk stress. We’ve all been there. Pulling out your hair, screaming into a pillow and crying your eyes out is completely normal. It wouldn’t be ...

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Editorial: Greek life isn’t to blame

This past Friday, Andrew Coffey a pledge of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity at Florida State University was found dead at an off-campus Greek event. Unrelated to the death, a member of Phi Delta Theta Garrett John Marcy, was arrested and charged Monday with the sale and trafficking of cocaine. As a result, FSU President John Thrasher placed an indefinite suspension ...

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