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This is a big thank you for nothing

I imagine that some of you may have been surprised to find that Tiger Woods was not the only one getting busted up over the break. While the rest of the student body was preparing to stuff their mouths with turkey, attendants at a Sigma Nu party were chewing on fists and broken teeth. But not to worry Blazers, there ...

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University lifeboat springs a leak

“Stay in school, no one is hiring.” This has been the mantra of the reluctant graduates and the excuse of lazy wanna-be career students since the recession started freezing entire career fields—such as education. The idea is that a person should stay in school as long as they can so that they can completely avoid the storm that is America’s ...

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People Poll: What are your Thanksgiving traditions?

Dave Latham, 21, senior, mass media major, Fayetteville, GA “All the siblings come in and we all eat Thanksgiving dinner together, because we are all spread across the USA.” Shannon Tyme, junior, English and music double major, Milledgeville, GA “Normally I go to my grandmother’s and have a family reunion laughing and being together.” Tangelia Moss, 19, freshman, nursing major, ...

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Wake up out of your apathetic funk

You’re so vain, you probably think this article is about you. Well, you’re right. However, you can put away the tin foil hat and relax because you are not the only student of VSU. As in last week’s editorial, “Your News, Your Views,” when we say “All Blazers” we mean ALL Blazers. So with that misunderstanding cleared up: Attention all ...

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Letter to the Editor: November 19th 2009

1. Dear members of ‘The Spectator’ editorial team, I am writing with regard to the article ‘Veterans in the classroom’ in today’s issue of your paper. This article seems to be emblematic of an extremely worrying trend at VSU and in American higher education at large, namely the unquestioning and uncritical acceptance of military perspectives and military values in higher education. In a democratic society with a supposedly clear separation of powers and institutional spheres, it seems worrying that military values—hierarchy, authority, unquestioning obeisance of orders, the use of violence, etc.—are intruding into institutions of higher learning like VSU, apparently with no questions asked. In a society already characterised by an ever-growing punitive ‘carcereal archipelago’ and in an already crime-plagued and violent town like Valdosta, questions ought to be asked as to the role of military personnel in criminal justice programmes, instead of just uncritically offering a description of their activities, as in your article. Moreover, in a situation in which the USA is already engaged in two illegal wars of conquest abroad, questions ought to be asked at institutions of higher learning such as VSU as to the role which the military has come to play in this society. The total lack of awareness of those issues reflected in your article is deeply troubling to me. It seems to contradict the very mission of this university. Yours sincerely, Dr. Daniel Nehring Assistant Professor of Sociology 2 Dear Mr. Johnson, Ms. Green’s November 12th Article on “Veterans in the Classroom” was recently brought to my attention, and I am at a loss for words. ...

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People Poll: Are you concerned with debt after graduation?

Ashli Rastegar Senior english major “I don’t have a credit card, but I plan on paying off student loans with monthly payments until I die.”   Brittany Bell Sophomore philosophy major “My parents pay for everything and I have Hope.”   Levi Hibbard Freshman mathematics major “I only have a little debt from student loans. I only took out one ...

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Christmas in November

 The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year; that is fully agreed. However, it seems that America has began decorating and planning for Christmas earlier and earlier, sometimes starting as early as the end of October. There have been Christmas decorations in almost every single store I have set foot in and Christmas music blaring over the ...

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Ignorance is not a victimless crime

 First things first: congratulations to the VSU Police Department for apprehending the guy who had been violating the sense of personal safety of the women of Valdosta. Also, kudos to the student who gave a timely report and accurate description that resulted in the flasher’s arrest.  As for the rest of the student body, I suggest that you carefully remove ...

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Rants and Raves: November 12, 2009

Rant Unfair Registration  Registering for classes last week based on classifications continues to be a problem on the VSU campus. The day students are allowed to register for classes is determined by how many hours the student has acquired in previous semesters. Student registration should be determined either by GPA or attendance. I have no sympathy for students who may ...

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‘Your News, Your Views’: Speak up

Attention all Blazers. This editorial is for you. This is for the 3,764 students and staff who picked up a copy of last week’s issue. This is for every member of the student body who scoffs at the errors and complains about the content to friends instead of to the staff. This is for our audience.  We try to keep ...

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