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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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Atheist group holds protest because of university’s implementation of prayer room for Muslim students

Written by Geneva Crooks, Staff Writer An Atheist group held a protest at the University of Iowa after the implementation of prayer rooms for Muslim students. The University of Iowa decided to open two prayer rooms for Muslim students and they are now facing legal action. A group of Atheists called the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) started to question ...

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Tennessee law makers veto Bible as state symbol

Written by Meaghan Bitters, Advertising Editor Tennessee’s governor vetoes bill to designate the Bible as Tennessee’s state book. Last week, Gov. Bill Haslam received a bill to designate the Bible as Tennessee’s state book. According to NPR.com, “the bill’s backers say they want to recognize the Bible’s role as a record of family history. They also cite the importance of ...

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Editorial: Don’t suffer in silence at VSU

The theme of mental illness was one that we at The Spectator thought was important to address because college is a time where students can develop mental illnesses and not know how to handle them. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the United States experienced some type of mental illness within the ...

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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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