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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: VSU Professors are adding on to the current stress of students

As we all know, life has been turned upside down thanks to COVID-19. Stress is at an all-time high nowadays. Do professors and other teachers care?  With most classes being online, many would expect the workload to be easier and less overwhelming than what is expected in face-to-face classes. To students, it feels like some professors are piling on assignments ...

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People Poll: What’s your favorite part about Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving holiday is quickly approaching. Not everyone loves the holiday, but those who do typically have similar reasons behind their love. Kaleb Woodruff, freshman business economic major  “My favorite part of Thanksgiving is spending time with family and eating. I like bonding with my family.” Margaret Bingham, sophomore undecided major “It’s between eating and spending time with family. There is ...

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“Blaze the Ballot” turns into “coping with COVID”

On Nov. 5, the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion held a Brave Space Dialogue program event for students to speak about the election, which turned into a conversation about COVID-19. According to Sara Jones, director of Student Diversity and Inclusion, the initial purpose of the event was to provide an outlet for students to express their feelings while waiting ...

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People Poll: How do you feel about fall 2020 commencement now being in person?

  Austin Blanton, senior communication major “People deserve it (graduation), and I know people are able to come back and walk as well so I think that’s pretty cool. We’re on campus full-time, so I think what’s the point of us not having a graduation. Hopefully, in the spring, it (face to face graduation) will carry on, and I’ll be ...

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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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Current COVID-19 Stats for Valdosta State University

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