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People Poll: Will you graduate in debt from school loans?

“I really don’t know; an impressive amount.” Deante Lumpkin freshman criminal justice major “I haven’t even reached $5,000, so not over $20,000.” Erica Adams sophomore nursing major “I don’t have any school loans.” Riley Stuart freshman business major “Probably around $10,000.” Ebony Bowles sophomore early childhood education major “Yeah, about $35,000.” Corey Jones freshman nursing major

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Obama eases student debt

Everybody wants an education, but paying for a good one has become harder and harder. According to USA Today, this year will be the first time loans will exceed 1 trillion dollars. Reports from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York show Americans now owe more on student loans than on credit cards. When it comes to student loans, debt ...

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Shorter bans gay employees

We live in a time in which one would like to think that we have rid ourselves of all prejudices, especially prejudices related to sexual orientation. The vast majority or our society has evolved with the times and almost everywhere a person looks, people live, work, and co-exist with each other, regardless of differences in sexuality Unfortunately, there are some ...

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Citizens: oppose consolidation

After attending Saturday’s “Vote No for School Consolidation” march, I feel like I have a better understanding of one of the biggest, and most controversial, issues that our local community is facing. A board has recently formed backing consolidation of the local public school systems, Valdosta City and Lowndes County Schools. This board, Community Unification for Education Excellence (CUEE), is ...

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Inked skin still carries stigma

The tattoo addiction has spread out so far that even Barbie bared her skin to the needle. A pink-bobbed, miniskirt and skull heart and bones shirt wearing tokidoki® Barbie® doll was released earlier this month online to adult collectors for $50. Parents are freaking out about this popular children’s doll having—not the miniskirt, pink hair or skull-printed shirt, but the ...

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VSU trails in social media use

To say social media is a driving tool in how we communicate, share information and speak our minds is an understatement. Everyone from your mom, boss and co-workers have Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagrams (do I need to keep going?) and so on. Now you can add your institution to the list. According to a recent study by the Center for ...

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More states lift campus gun ban

Gun control was thrust into the spotlight earlier this month when Oregon became the second state in the nation to allow students to legally carry concealed firearms on college or university property. The passing of this law may have gone unnoticed by most students in Georgia, but it begs the question of whether this might become a trend, and most ...

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People Poll: What do you think about the ‘Occupy’ movement?

“I didn’t know we were having a movement down here.” Anthony Holloway junior computer information systems major “It’s nice that a small town like Valdosta is included in this.” Jade Gill freshman English major “I didn’t know about it.” Keyla Garcia freshman psychology major “I am glad to see that it is spreading.”Eli Rountree junior anthropology major “I kinda knew ...

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Bystanders should intervene

You walk through the Foshan City market one day, when you notice a bleeding two-year-old girl lying on the side of the street. You would of course rush over and help her, or would you? Last Thursday in Foshan City, China, a two-year-old girl was run over, backed over, run over again with a truck and then was run over ...

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