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Editorial: Student input on commencement a must

Though graduation still seems a long way off for those of us who will be walking across the stage, our last day at VSU is right around the corner and approaching fast. VSU has already made an announcement about commencement that has flown under the radar: the commencement speaker. If you go to the commencement webpage you’ll see, down at ...

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Editorial: ‘Walk Up Not Walk Out’ promotes victim blaming

It has been over a month since the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people and wounded 14. Students across the country, including Valdosta High School, participated in National School Walkout Day on March 14 to raise awareness of the victims of school shootings and demand new gun law changes. Some ...

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Editorial: Respecting women is the least you can do

Underrepresentation. Unpaid maternity leave. Gender pay gap. Breastfeeding shaming. Catcalling. Domestic violence. Slut shaming. Restrictive reproductive rights. Sexual abuse. Rape. Need we say more? These among countless others are challenges women face every day across the world, and it is why celebrating Women’s History Month is so important, especially for addressing underrepresentation. Because women’s history was unknown in classrooms and ...

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Editorial: VSU’s new parking proposal broadens issues with parking

Over the past few weeks, SGA and the Department of Parking and Transportation have worked together to propose a new parking model for VSU. The Tiered Parking proposal divides VSU into three different color-coded zones: gold, blue and green. These zones come with paid parking passes whose price and priority vary by color. The Tiered Parking model has a first-come-first-serve ...

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Editorial: Private profiles don’t protect prejudice

People love to speak their minds, especially on their “private” social media profiles. But what if the content that is posted is troubling, or, like in some recent news, racist? Even though we are not a full month into 2018, incidents of prejudice and hate speech have flooded the media. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 19-year-old Harley Barber, a ...

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Editorial: Take time for mental health

Dear stressed student, In the famous words of Lucille Ball: are you feeling tired, run-down, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular? The answer to all your problems is in this little editorial. Let’s talk stress. We’ve all been there. Pulling out your hair, screaming into a pillow and crying your eyes out is completely normal. It wouldn’t be ...

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Editorial: Greek life isn’t to blame

This past Friday, Andrew Coffey a pledge of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity at Florida State University was found dead at an off-campus Greek event. Unrelated to the death, a member of Phi Delta Theta Garrett John Marcy, was arrested and charged Monday with the sale and trafficking of cocaine. As a result, FSU President John Thrasher placed an indefinite suspension ...

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Editorial: Las Vegas shooting sparks gun debate

The nation has found itself staring in the face of tragedy after yet another deadly mass shooting. On Sunday, Oct. 1, a gunman opened fire on a country music festival at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, leaving 59 people dead and 527 injured. The incident is being called the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history, surpassing the ...

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Editorial: NFL players have the right to protest

What had dwindled down to a one-player protest was reignited this week by an explosive outburst from President Donald Trump. The outburst verbally attacked NFL players for kneeling during the “Star-Spangled Banner.” To recap, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remained seated during the national anthem throughout the season last year. Kaepernick’s actions started a movement for others who ...

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Our point of view: Hurricane Prep

Last week, Hurricane Harvey unleashed its fury on North America, resulting in devastating flooding in Houston, Texas and several Caribbean island nations. With Hurricanes Irma and Jose barreling toward South Florida, it’s hard not to question if our community is prepared to deal with the impacts of a severe hurricane. Last year, Tropical Storm Hermine whipped through South Georgia, uprooting ...

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