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Opinion: On John McCain’s Legacy and America’s Future

U.S. Senator John McCain died Saturday, and an era died with him. The longtime senator’s death evoked response from myriad news organizations and major political figures, including former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. A figurehead of the Republican Party and conservative politics, McCain was no flat character in the narrative of American ...

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“Bear Trap” gets best of Blazers, finish 16th at PGA National

The Blazers fell into the “Bear Trap” this week at PGA National, and despite improvement in the final round Tuesday, were unable to crawl back into contention. VSU played that stretch of holes 15-17 at 25 over par, significant considering that’s just three holes, and that the tournament’s winner No. 4 Saint Leo posted a 22 over par total in ...

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People Poll: Should Cellphones be used for Education?

“Yes, we should use them because they give us access to social and learning tools.” – Zeek Menefee, freshman mass media major “No, we should not use them because when I was in summer camp, we weren’t allowed on our phones. Once they were away, we actually got to know each other and get stuff done. Same goes for school.” – Leirica ...

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Shameless Shocker

The hit series Shameless hasn’t even hit its ninth season, but star Emmy Rossum (Fiona Gallagher) has already stepped into the show’s future – a future without her in it. Rossum, who has played one of the main characters since 2011, wrote a goodbye letter for her Facebook viewers on Aug. 30. “The opportunity to play Fiona has been a ...

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People Poll: Should we inflict the death penalty?

“I’m kind of indifferent. Because on one hand, I can see how some cases would be deserving of the death penalty. But at the same time, I feel like it’s a bit inhumane to decide whether or not another human being deserves to live or die.” – Sedarion Williams, sophomore nursing major “I honestly see both sides of it. I think ...

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Editorial: Library renovations may be worth the wait

To many students, the library is a beacon of diligent work and active academic achievements. However, the dilemma we’re facing as VSU students is the renovation taking place on the second floor of Odum Library. Not only has the construction made finding a quiet work space difficult but it is not convenient for a single entrance to be used for ...

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People Poll: What is it like working or not working in college?

“I honestly think it makes it easier to focus on your grades and school when you have a job. It gives you the opportunity to take a step away from everything and take your mind off school for a moment. It’s also a good way to start saving up for the future after college.” – Garrett Vanadore, employed senior mass ...

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Column: Did Nike Really Do It?

Yeah, Nike is doin’ it. In fact, for their 30th anniversary “Just Do It campaign,” Nike did it. The sports apparel powerhouse has a reputation for echoing the voices of its athletes, but they went further than ever before with their latest campaign. Reactions to the campaign have been mixed. Unhappy customers have made videos destroying their Nike apparel, while ...

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People Poll: Is Police Brutality an issue in America?

“Stereotypes are a large part of the issues we have with police brutality in America today, and I feel like a lot of it is due to a lack of cultural education on our parts. I also believe anyone in a position of power can become power hungry, so that could contribute to some of the issues in the police ...

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Column: Team of the Year

Josh: For my pick for VSU’s Team of the Year, I’m predicting which team will reap in the most success this coming year. I’ve got the reigning Gulf South Conference Softball Champions as my VSU Team of the Year. The Lady Blazers will be following up on a 42-13 season and are the defending the Gulf South Conference champions. Over ...

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Editorial: A call to action in wake of Jacksonville shooting

For the umpteenth time this year, news of a mass shooting passed across our TV, smart phone and computer screens saying two or more were killed with twice as many injured. It’s a problem America has yet to solve but not one simply confined to the availability of guns. David Kratz, 24, killed two people—gamers—and injured 11 others with a ...

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