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Providing contraceptives: Students deserve defense against STDs

Written by: Isaiah Smart  With VSU being deep in the Bible Belt, beliefs on subjects such as sex and gender roles are a little different than other places. One topic that often leads to an intense conversation involves condoms on campus. Many would believe that having condoms on campus promotes premarital sex. On the opposite side, many will argue that ...

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Letter to the editor: Graduation changes fire up student body

Recently, there have been changes regarding the upcoming Commencement ceremonies. These changes have belittled and degraded all students who attend VSU preparing for their upcoming graduation. Many graduate students feel the changes are unsupportive and do not show recognition for the amount of dedication and perseverance put into for the requirements of graduate level classes. Graduate students are held to ...

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Fighting for your right to live

Written by: Von Kennedy  Imagine getting in trouble with the law as a juvenile. How scared would you be to go to trial? George Stinney was not only accused of the murder of two white girls in 1944, but his trial lasted less than two hours, and the jury sentenced him to death in less than 10 minutes. Stinney, only ...

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Immersed in culture: Study abroad creates opportunity

Written by: Taylor Stone  For many students, studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel outside of the “norm” and to experience a complete cultural immersion. College universities provide a wide variety of academic programs in foreign countries for one key reason: to help you get a job. Sure, you may want to study abroad because you have always wanted ...

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Blazers torch Eagles 97-58 on opening night at the P.E. Complex

The Valdosta State men’s basketball team overcame a sluggish first half and outscored Trinity Baptist 60-22 in the second half en route to a 97-58 win in its season opener. The Blazers (1-0) shot 59 percent in the second half and 7-of-11 three-pointers to blow the game open behind the hot shooting of Preseason All-GSC forward David Murray. Murray scored ...

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West Florida crowned champs again / VSU ousted in first round

West Florida repeated as Gulf South Conference champs on Sunday afternoon with a commanding 4-0 victory over No. 2 seeded Christian Brothers. UWF was led by senior forward Shelby Bush. Bush finished the tournament with two goals and two assists while averaging 60 minutes per game. Bush, along with teammates April Syme, Kelley Andres and Shashana Campbell, were named to ...

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Lady Blazers torch the Wolves

With a 3-0 victory over West Georgia (12-11 in GSC standings), VSU (17-7) extended its perfect home record to 7-0. However, the match did not play out as smoothly as the final score would indicate. VSU never led in game one until taking a 25-24 lead over the Wolves. Leading up to that point, VSU displayed lots of sloppy play, ...

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Proposed merger concerns students

Written by: Elan Waite When most students think about the college they want to attend, there are many things they take into consideration. They consider the cost, programs, campus and, often times, the name and the weight it carries. On Monday, students and alumni of Southern Polytechnic State University located in Marietta, Ga. rallied against a proposed merger with Kennesaw ...

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Welfare: Assistance, not dependence

Written by: Taylor Stone The concept of welfare supports equality of opportunity for everyone regardless of social status or the innate capacity of the individual to achieve equality through hard work and determination. To do this, government officials take it upon themselves to level conditions to allow for the basic standards of living to become universal. Welfare promotes a “positive ...

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Campus Rec brings Battleship to life

Written by: Abbie Baggerly Whoever thought the words “battle” and “fundraiser” could be used together? Leave it to Campus Rec to come up with a way to combine the two. Campus Rec is offering Canoe Battleship next Thursday from 7-11 p.m. at the SRC pool. The game will work just like the traditional board game but with actual water and ...

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