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Support prevents tragedy

 Depression. Hopelessness. Emptiness. Suicide. These words might not ring a bell to you, but to someone you know, this could be a way of life.  When any of these words are brought up, the first instinct for most is to run the other way because of our overexposure to antidepressant medication commercials and overall desensitization.     The reality is that depression ...

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Security scans bring safety

Last week, there were a lot of people making a big deal about the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) pat downs and the full body scanners that are now being used at airports across the nation.  Some people said it was invasive and that it broke the right of privacy for individuals that are traveling. Some said they felt violated. Others ...

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Prayer should be allowed

 The debate over whether to allow prayer in schools is not a new issue, but after today it may affect VSU students more personally. On the agenda for today’s Faculty Senate meeting is a request to change the university’s policy on public prayer. Previously, the Minority and Diversity Issues Committee (MDIC) recommended the following to the Faculty Senate: “Valdosta State ...

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Make the most of college

 For those students currently living on-campus, this article is not for you. To those students who are, at present, residing in a house or apartment off-campus, listen up.  Living off-campus may cause you to lose out on various college experiences. Some may use the excuse that the distance from campus to their homes keeps them from getting involved in campus ...

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Stealing music not worth it

  Since the recent Limewire situation, where the program was unexpectedly shut down, many students are not only shocked but disappointed. Downloading free music in homes is not the only issue; students downloading music on campus could possibly cause ethical and future cost issues for the school.    The hardest part of having this program shut down is, believe it or ...

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Bicycle theft needs attention

 There is no denying that there is an increase in bike use on campus. With the increase in student body and the difficulty in finding a parking spot, students are turning to the use of bikes to get around campus and get to campus from off-campus housing.   With the increase in bikes on and around campus, bike theft is ...

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We shouldn’t let race cloud our vision

 Recently, it has been brought to our attention that some people have an issue with our coverage, and think we are unequal in our coverage of racial groups on campus.  As an example, we did not have coverage of Avraye Henry winning Homecoming Queen, and a comment suggested that we should have covered the crowning because she was the first ...

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Save HOPE, raise GPA requirements

For Georgia residents, the HOPE scholarship is often a student’s ticket into college. Lately, the program has been running short on funds and having to dip into reserves to pay students the full amount of their awards. According to InsideHigherEd.com, HOPE’s funding will run out by the end of fiscal year 2013. That means that many Georgia high school students ...

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