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Content over grades

Written by: Jessica Cooke With five weeks left in the spring semester, it’s safe to say the final days are here, and students of every classification are ready to wrap up their papers, projects, presentations and exams to enjoy two months outside of the classroom. Although the anticipation is rising, so is the question of how students’ performance this semester ...

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Pushing for more diversity

Take a look around campus, and you’ll see a plethora of identities. People of different genders, ethnicities and races come to VSU to get an education, and as a result there is an adequate amount of diversity. But take a look at members of the faculty and administration, and you’ll realize they are not a reflection of the students. According ...

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Letter to the Editor : Students should consider cost

In a recent letter to The Spectator, Dr. Aubrey Fowler wrote about creating a “culture of change” through his proposed longer schedule for the university. He has never served on the faculty senate scheduling committee; I served for three years. He probably doesn’t know that the “new plan” which would give VSU the longest school year in the state of ...

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Debt for diplomas

Written by: Jordan Hill Money isn’t necessary to find happiness, but it’s essential to gain a college education. Every year, students are forced to take out loans and struggle to afford the costs of college. Suzanne Mettler, a writer for The New York Times, believes that college treats students unequally. Statistics show that lower-class families pay more for college than ...

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Be on your best behavior, Blazers

Written by: Tyra Mills Mind your manners VSU. There are over 9,000 students who attend this university, meaning numerous friends to run into, lots of cars to beat for parking, and many new faces to see every day.    Our campus isn’t so big to the point where you’re lost in a sea of people, but it isn’t so small ...

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Lack of age restriction sparks debate

Written by :  LaShawn Oglesby & Jessica Ingram Pro Selling the morning-after pill without age restrictions is a positive step for young ladies and teenagers who aren’t ready for motherhood but have had unprotected sex. Regardless of the reason for unprotected sex, whether it is a broken condom, a lack of birth control or a sexual assault, this provides females ...

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Letter to the Editor : Cannabis Prohibition

LaMarcus Wilkerson’s story (Lesser of 3 evils, March 13, 2014) got an arrow-splitting bull’s eye exposing cannabis (marijuana) prohibition.  Another reason to end cannabis prohibition that doesn’t get mentioned is that prohibition increases hard-drug addiction rates. Government claims heroin is no worse than cannabis and methamphetamine and that cocaine is less harmful by insisting cannabis is a Schedule I substance alongside ...

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People Poll

Do you think there is enough diversity in the faculty? If not, how could it be improved?   Casie Wright junior early childhood education major “I’m in my major courses so most of my teachers are older white women.”   Sidney Sowerbrower sophomore accounting major “I feel like the core classes are more diverse, like the math and English teachers.” ...

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Schedule choice unclear

This week, the faculty senate will be discussing yet another possible schedule change for the university. In response to the endless debate over the placement of break days between Thanksgiving and fall break, Dr. Aubrey Fowler has proposed to the faculty senate that the academic calendar be adjusted to add three days (two class days) to the beginning of the ...

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The lesser of three evils

Written by: LaMarcus Wilkerson Two legal drugs continue to cast a plague over the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 443,000 people die from tobacco each year; 8.6 million live with a life-threatening illness, and approximately 46.6 million Americans continue to use the drug. Like tobacco, alcohol is abused by numerous Americans. Over 80,000 ...

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