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Same-sex couples still facing discrimination

Written by Geneva Crooks, Staff Writer With the legalization of same sex marriage, 2015 was an eventful year, especially for those in the LGBT community. The world went into a frenzy when it was announced that no matter your sexual preference, you could get married in the United States. Many people welcomed this change with open arms, while others fumed ...

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Big money ruins democratic process

Written by Miles Brown, Staff Writer For decades, the country’s wealthiest individuals have been donating money to candidates that will protect their assets and promote their agendas. This mutually beneficial relationship unfortunately affects the country negatively and comes at a cost to the American people. The country is not on the same page as Washington, D.C. when it comes to ...

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Editorial: Next time, rock the vote Blazers

One of the greatest joys of living in America is getting to have a voice and be involved in the process of electing political officials. As student of VSU we have this same opportunity when it comes to electing our Student Government Association executive board and senators. Following Monday’s announcement of the new 2016-17 SGA executive board and senators, we ...

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Is it time to change the way America treats drug-using citizens?

Written by Carlius Williams, Staff Writer Over the past decade, America has changed its tune on certain drugs, but people are still ending up in jail for these substances more than ever before. Is it time for America to change the way it treats drug-using citizens as well? A report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse stated that 65 ...

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ObamaCare’s promise for access to birth control for all under attack again

Written by Jada Dukes, Staff Writer In October of 2010, President Obama officially signed the Affordable Care Act into law and in 2012 the Obama administration put forth several provisions to the Affordable Care Act that would directly benefit women. The provisions were put into place to give American women access to the healthcare they desperately need and deserve. According ...

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Period shaming has got to go

Written by Tyra Mills, Social Media Editor Every woman can relate to the feeling of anxiousness her period produces. She thinks, “Is it leaking through my pants? Do I smell? Are people staring at me?” and the list goes on. Having a period has its downsides naturally: cramping, mood swings, and other pains. But to have society add even more ...

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Women don’t choose to have their period, so why should they pay for it?

Written by Erin Martin, Staff Writer A few months ago the growing international movement to end the “tampon tax”, or the tax on female hygiene products, finally reached the U.S. Last year there was a movement that shocked the world when two women in the U.K. were “free bleeding” in white pants while on their menstrual cycles. They stood outside ...

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Know the laws before you send the picture

Written by Meaghan Bitters, Asst. Advertising Manager Most teens have their own cell phones these days. And while texting teens may cause a lot of problems for high school and middle school teachers, texting also leads to another big problem for teens—sexting. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2013, 78 percent of teens, ages 12-17, ...

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Editorial: We are proud to be at VSU (finally)

Congratulations VSU, you’re finally swimming in the deep end. Kudos to VSU for securing a performance from 2 Chainz on April 15. For years it has felt as though our school was a step behind the UGAs and Georgia Techs of the world, but perhaps that is changing. This semester will have brought a hip-hop superstar and a presidential frontrunner ...

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