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Editorial: Mental health needs more spotlight at VSU

Mental health does not get enough light shined on it. Social media influencers post a picture of themselves in a face mask and call it “self-care” and advise people to take time for that “self-care.” People who suffer from depression and anxiety know that a face mask and candles are not what is going to make them feel like themselves ...

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Editorial: In-person commencement the right decision

Despite concerns about COVID-19, Valdosta State University is going ahead with a face-to-face commencement ceremony. “On Monday, Dec. 14, VSU will host multiple ceremonies at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium,” Valdosta State University President Richard Carvajal said in a video announcement. According to Dr. Carvajal, the stadium will allow for adequate social distancing and each graduate a designated number of tickets for guests. ...

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Don’t let political party affiliations decide your vote

The Presidential Election is less than a month away, but many students are split as to how they should vote for this year. However, this election will be seeing many first-time voters who are students, many whom are from Generation Z. Younger generations have always been encouraged to vote, yet according to the New York Times, the voter turnout of ...

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Column: First debate a low point for political discourse

On Tuesday Sept. 29, the two primary candidates for President of the United States met for their first of three scheduled debates. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden met for the debate at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace moderated. Throughout 2020, polls have depicted the race as relatively static, with Biden ...

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Editorial: Students should promote public health instead of party flyers

Like many students at universities across the country, a portion of VSU students have ignored advice and have attended and hosted off-campus parties. As college students, we look forward to a night out on the town. A night where we can forget about school work, daily responsibilities and the overwhelming stress from worrying about succeeding in everything we do. A ...

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Opinion: Should celebrities run for public office?

Celebrities running for political office have been a sight that has been seen for decades. Before Ronald Reagan became the President of the United States, he served as president of the Screen Actors Guild and had a successful film career, starring in over 50 movies across three decades. Arnold Schwarzenegger served as Governor of California for eight years while also ...

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Look for solutions in racial education

College is supposed to teach you how to function in the real world and be a good, contributing member of society. Some things aren’t that simple. Racism is one of those things. You might think that requiring students to take classes about race would help to resolve the growing tension and racial division in America, but it wouldn’t. We are ...

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Column: Why students should take wearing face masks more seriously

Wearing a mask shouldn’t be an option during the age of COVID-19. Since the virus has made its way to the United States, the country has struggled to keep it under control. And one of the main reasons for this is the leniency regarding wearing a mask. Although it’s required to wear a mask on-campus since school started on Aug. ...

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People Poll: What are your concerns about the fall semester at VSU?

VSU released plans on July 2 explaining what will go in-effect to make sure everyone on campus stays safe. Students however, still have concerns with aspects of the plan. Andria Mattox, freshman biology major “What concerns me most is how dependent this is on every student’s cooperation. Eighty-nine percent of Americans wear a mask. With the rising number of cases ...

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Column: A Country’s Crumbling

The killing of George Floyd was truly a turning point in American history. If the social and political consequences from the aftermath are allowed to go unchecked, the rule of law as we know it could wither away. What started in Minneapolis on May 28, was soon mimicked in several cities across the country: mass protests, but also riots, violence, ...

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Just because VSU isn’t an HBCU, doesn’t mean students should stay silent

While the entire world is in the midst of a fight against the life-threatening virus known as COVID-19, another illness, one that has been around for centuries, has continued to rock our nation. Racism. Racism can be defined as a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority ...

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Current COVID-19 Stats for Valdosta State University

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