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Ben Carson: The controversy surrounding his most recent comments

Written by Jamel Shorter, Staff Writer Ben Carson is a renowned and well-known neurosurgeon. Now retired, he has chosen to take on another chapter of his life, which is politics. Carson is a presidential candidate for the Republican Party, he along with Donald Trump, Mark Rubio and Chris Christie all have the aspiration and goals of becoming the leader of ...

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Why Defund Parenthood?

Written by Dillon LaRue Rountree Staff Writer Planned Parenthood’s funding is among today’s most contentious political issues, with politicians on both sides of the issue taking passionate stances. The question is simple, should the government fund Planned Parenthood? The answer is similarly simple, absolutely not. This is for three reasons. First, Planned Parenthood is principally an abortion provider, it is ...

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Don’t free the nipple just yet: “Free the Nipple” movement shouldn’t be the main concern for women

Written by Mayah Centavo, Asst. Opinions Editor A couple of weeks ago, College Life Editor, LaShawn Olgesby, wrote an article saying “My nipples aren’t for you” to advocate for the “Free the Nipple Campaign.” Oglesby said that being attracted to breasts means that you have a fetish. Fetishes are geared more towards abnormal objects such as feet and bondage. Who ...

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Slut shaming has gone out of style

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief It is 2015, and we as a society still slut-shame. Slut-shaming is known in popular culture as harsh criticism of a female for her real or presumed sexual conduct; criticism that takes empowerment away from the female body. In today’s world there is a double standard that everyone knows, but few are brave enough to ...

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Editorial: Wrap it or don’t tap it

Sex is great. It’ fun, intimate, workout friendly, experimental and puts you to sleep.  And it can kill you. It’s frustrating to know how powerful sex is, and yet many people don’t educate themselves. Too many don’t practice safe sex. Too many die or have to alter their lives over one encounter. Even if you take every precaution, you can ...

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Comedian’s fat shaming more cruel than funny

Written by Mayah Centave, Staff Writer Recently, I watched a video by “comedian” Nicole Arbour called “Dear Fat People”, and it was pretty awful. In the video, Arbour gives her opinion about obese people. She says that she believes that obese people make themselves obese, but she also points out that if a person has a physical disease the video ...

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Davis’ arrest justifiable

Written by Austin Wells, Staff Editor As many of you already know, Kim Davis, a county clerk of Rowan County in Kentucky, was arrested for refusing to issue any marriage licenses to any couple because of the Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex couples to be married. Did she deserve to get arrested for it, though? The answer is a resounding ...

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Sex ed that includes all students: VA school district adds transgender education into curriculum

Written by Kenzie Kesselring, , Staff Writer   Fairfax County in Virginia recently announced its plan to add transgender and gender identity education into its middle grades Family Life Education curriculum. While some rejoiced, others like the Traditional Values Collation are not pleased with the decision. According to the Washington Post, the Fairfax County school board voted 10 to 2 in approval ...

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Editorial: VSU works to accommodate students of all gender orientations

Celebrity advocates Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox are shining light on an invisible population of transgender people, and now so is VSU? The additions of gender neutral bathrooms throughout the campus show a sign of progression for the university. Since 2011, VSU has offered a program called “Safe Space” that provides a more appreciative and nurturing environment for LGBT people ...

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