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VSU events running on empty

Anyone who has been to a campus event in the last year can attest to the fact that students simply aren’t as interested in them as they used to be. Certainly classwork, jobs, and private social events get in everyone’s way, but what if that’s not the whole story?  � Most campus events are hosted by organizations. They have the ...

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SGA election rules go too far

Running an election campaign is tough on the candidate and all of the people working to help that candidate, whether the election is on a national level or just for a spot on the VSU SGA. �   Therefore, the editorial staff of the Spectator does not believe a candidate should have to monitor whether or not people are privately ...

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To slander, or not to slander

   The Internet often borders the boundaries of what we consider legally correct.  Our society holds libelous content (published content), which directly harms the reputation of others, as a very serious criminal offense.    There are now websites that blur the boundary of libel laws.    One site has gained media attention because of how it brings to question our ...

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I am a Blazer, hear me roar!

It must be pretty hard to teach school spirit. I checked the course catalog, and the subject wasn’t an option.    The majority of our student body could use a crash course. If only it was available.     People who proudly sport their red & black attire aren’t the ones who need the lesson.    We’re talking to those who ...

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Don’t invade our privacy

Nowadays every college student is at least partially aware of the dangers social media can pose to future career prospects. A compromising photo hosted publicly on Facebook can easily destroy any job interview, for example.  Many people are now quick to set most of their settings to private. It’s a simple way for people to regulate their public and private ...

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Spring Break: Party smart

It’s the Friday before Spring Break and we’re all thinking about how to spend the week off. Some of us are going on weekend beach trips and will soon be sipping beers by the waves and working on a tan, while others will stay in town. Either way, we’ll all want to throw caution to the wind as soon as we leave our last class tomorrow afternoon.

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The halls run out residents

At the airport, we expect to be monitored. We expect to have to show multiple kinds of I.D. We even expect to have to walk through a metal detector to make sure we don’t have any weapons on our person. To get on an airplane, this behavior is standard. It should not, however, be standard procedure to get to a ...

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Few hail to the future chief

While people are interested in the GOP presidential nomination race, a search close to home has VSU looking at a different type of candidate. VSU has been putting the VSU presidential candidates through their paces with interviews, meetings, and public speeches. The student attendance was minimal at the speeches. At Dr. Bill McKinney’s speech event, the room was filled, but ...

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VSU needs full finals week

If students were given a full week there would be less anxiety, more time to focus and ultimately better academic performance, as there would be less chance that they would have three finals packed in one day as many students have experienced this at least once.

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Cut the Net, cut our freedom

On Jan. 19, Megaupload was shut down by the federal government; just a day after many major sites across the Internet protested the anti-piracy acts by blacking out their content. Megaupload was a major file sharing site that accounted for 2-3% of the entire Internet’s bandwidth. The government’s decision is an attempt to cut down on the piracy of copyrighted ...

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