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Editorial: Take time for mental health

Dear stressed student, In the famous words of Lucille Ball: are you feeling tired, run-down, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular? The answer to all your problems is in this little editorial. Let’s talk stress. We’ve all been there. Pulling out your hair, screaming into a pillow and crying your eyes out is completely normal. It wouldn’t be ...

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Editorial: Greek life isn’t to blame

This past Friday, Andrew Coffey a pledge of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity at Florida State University was found dead at an off-campus Greek event. Unrelated to the death, a member of Phi Delta Theta Garrett John Marcy, was arrested and charged Monday with the sale and trafficking of cocaine. As a result, FSU President John Thrasher placed an indefinite suspension ...

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Editorial: Presidential celebration will put spotlight on VSU

On Oct. 27, Dr. Richard Carvajal will be formally inducted as President of Valdosta State University. In celebration, special alumni and dignitaries, along with the Chancellor of the University System of Georgia, will attend a breakfast and swearing in ceremony. This event, the culmination of a two-day celebration that includes a student carnival Thursday night, will throw VSU into a ...

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Editorial: Dreamers deserve protection

Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—a five-year-old Obama era policy. Congress has been given a six-month window until March 5 to come up with an alternate deal. As of Wednesday night, negotiations are ongoing. In June 2012, President Barack Obama announced DACA’s implementation. The policy allowed immigrants brought illegally to ...

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Editorial: VSU students petition to cancel classes

As we know, Hurricane Irma ravaged parts of Georgia and Florida earlier this week. This affected many students who left the Valdosta area. VSU already cancelled classes Monday through Wednesday, but a student decided to petition the VSU administration to cancel classes for the rest of the week. The author of the petition used Irma’s unpredictability as an argument for ...

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Editorial: Open debate will solve statue issue

The white nationalist rally that turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12 has infuriated the public for weeks. The Robert E. Lee statue controversy ultimately reintroduced attention to U.S. monuments across the country. Who do they represent? What is their message? Our nation is again confronting the legacy of its most divisive war. A majority of the statues were ...

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Editorial: VSU responsible for safe space after Campus Carry

Back in May, Gov. Nathan Deal approved House Bill 280 allowing concealed weapons on college campuses. Known as the “campus carry” bill, anyone with a firearm permit can carry concealed guns on public campuses except in on-campus preschools, faculty and administrative offices, disciplinary hearings, dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses and classrooms that have a high school student in attendance. Deal ...

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Editorial: Charlottesville opens discussion for VSU

On Saturday, Aug. 12, a “Unite the Right” rally was scheduled to take place in Charlottesville, Virginia, against the removal of a General Robert E. Lee statue. On Friday, white nationalists and other alt-right members gathered at the University of Virginia carrying torches and yelling slogans, such as “white lives matter.”  This spurred on a violent encounter between alt-right members ...

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Editorial: Spectator going Digital

Three, two, one: The countdown began last week to mark how many more issues of the Spectator has left in print. Because, ladies and gentlemen next semester this friendly campus newspaper won’t exist as a physical, printed object. Starting in the fall, The Spectator will be 100 percent digital. For decades, new issues of the VSU newspaper regularly appeared around ...

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Editorial: A Conglomerate not doing enough

Why does nobody care until it’s too late? The VSU SGA is asking that very question. An evening questioning the VSU government administration led to the belief that students don’t consistently attend the weekly meetings in the Student Union. The student body will simply have to do better than this. Each Student Government meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday in ...

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