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Editor Experience: Getting in a good twerk-out

Written by Kelsey Dickerson, College Life Editor Putting in time on the elliptical or lifting some weights in the gym can be a great way to blow off steam at the end of a long week of studying, but a group of ladies got together last Friday to put on a class for a different kind of workout. “We wanted ...

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Editorial: Don’t break the bank to educate

Don’t break the bank to educate. Nelson Mandela said that education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world. How exactly can we change the world when we can barely afford it? Paying for college has always cost an arm and a leg. Now it seems like it’s costing an arm, leg, heart and soul. ...

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Michael Phelps’ medals deserve respect

Written by Kimberly Cannon, Staff Writer Phelps has had a few scandals during his 16 yearlong swimming career, but his accomplishments have outshined those scandals. Phelps has made mistakes, but during competition he followed the rules, unlike some of his fellow USA Olympic athletes. Phelps’s popularity is why most people know about his past marijuana use, not because he is ...

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Pokémon Go impacts society in best and worst ways

PRO: An app that can heal Written by Julia Rodriquez, Opinions Editor Pokémon Go has multiple health benefits for those who play it. Though video games and apps are often seen as a poor choice of a pass time, Pokémon Go has been created differently. It forces players to exercise. Sure, the Wii used to be known for its ability to ...

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Editorial: Professors must challenge students

The value of my college career depends on our relationship. The relationship is evolutionary and revolutionary. It’s symbiotic. This isn’t a natural pairing; it takes work. We go to college to hone four traits: intelligence, experience, talent and education. Many of us are as intelligent or as talented as our instructors; that cannot be taught. Knowledge and application can. A ...

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A goodbye from our seniors

Passing the reins with a heavy yet hopeful heart This is probably the hardest thing that I have ever had to write. Saying goodbye is never easy. So, with a heavy heart, here goes nothing. This is the last issue that I will be serving as the Editor-in-Chief. As this issue runs through the printing press, I will have said ...

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Pro/Con: Are new, stricter voter ID laws more protective or restrictive?

PRO Written by Meaghan Bitters Asst. Advertising Manager Georgia is one of nine states with strict voter laws that require photo ID. Georgia’s voter ID law enforces strict photo ID at the polling place. If the voter doesn’t have the required ID, he or she has to vote on a provisional ballot, and the voter has three days to return ...

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Editorial: What we want in a new president

On June 30, the president’s chair at Valdosta State will be vacant. Again. On Wednesday, Interim President Cecil Staton was appointed as the new chancellor of East Carolina University. Until June 30, Dr. Staton will still serve as the Interim President of VSU. We at The Spectator want to congratulate Dr. Staton on his great news and wish him nothing ...

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Why is mental health not treated like physical health?

Written by Olivia Studdard, Staff Writer Two girls walk into a hospital, both with legitimate medical concerns. One tells the nurse that she fell down and broke her arm, the other says that she suffers from depression and is on the verge of a mental breakdown. Yet the hospital only treats one of the girls. Society makes it no mystery ...

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