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Black History Month is here to stay

With Maya Angelou on the screen, Sara Barielles sings "Smile" during the memorium during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

It’s February, the one month of the year where African Americans are able to celebrate their culture and history. Unfortunately, it’s the only time of the year that public schools focus on black history in the classroom. It’s unfortunate that throughout history the only topics students are taught about black Americans is the civil rights movement and a kid-friendly version ...

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Horrors of the Flint River Water Crisis

Carl Huntere, 48, of Flint, Mich., walks home through the snow from the North End Soup Kitchen in Flint on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, where he received a case of free bottled water. (Regina H. Boone/Detroit Free Press/TNS)

Written by Jada Dukes, Staff Writer Although I have seen news on the Flint water crisis either while flipping through news channels or scrolling past a Facebook article, I honestly didn’t take the time to really get informed about what is happening in Flint, Michigan. now that I’m all caught up I must say I am both appalled and disgusted by ...

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Sean Penn’s interview with El Chapo justifiable

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Written by Carlius Williams, Staff Writer Is El Chapo a master drug dealer or grand champion at hide-and-seek? He was born Joaquin Guzmán Loera, is a Mexican drug lord who is known for evading police and has even escaped jail a couple times. His last escape was through a mile-long hole in the bathroom of his cell that led to ...

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New app ‘Once’ to revolutionize college dating

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Written by Miles Brown, Staff Writer For those looking for easier ways to connect with potential matches, the Once app on iTunes is for you. College students will gravitate to this app the due to its ability to generate one potential match a day. This can give someone time to connect with the match and hopefully gain a connection as ...

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Are words the problem? The debate over politically correctness rages on

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Written by Olivia Studdard, Staff Writer Growing up as a child I was always taught not to call people names on the playground. I was always a rather quiet and soft-spoken child, so taunting and teasing was never really something that crossed my mind. However, the older I got, the more I learned that it wasn’t simply harmful words that ...

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Letter to the editor: More transparency needed

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The Editors, Sorry that I am rather behind the times here, but I still want to express my thoughts about a couple of things going on at VSU. First, I want to congratulate the previous editors of the Spectator for their excellent coverage of the issues leading up to the resignation of former Pres. McKinney.   Spectator coverage was far superior to that of the ...

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Keep the kids in mind when reforming education

Jade Thomas, 15, a junior at George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science, goes over study material before she takes the PSAT test on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, in Sacramento. (Randy Pench/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Written by Erin Martin, Staff Writer In a new and digital age, it’s important that classrooms promote open discussions so that students can not only learn fundamental information, but learn to form healthy opinions and communication skills. Considering my personal education and upbringing, I remember having a lot of questions that went unanswered; being inquisitive about the world and thirsty ...

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Dear Muslims

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Written by Mayah Cantave, College Life Editor Dear Muslims, Donald Trump is not a representation of the United States. We Americans tend to be ignorant, but we know that one does not represent the majority. Recently, Donald Trump called for a ban for all Muslims to enter or travel to the U.S. He also had a silent protestor, who just ...

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Editorial: New graduation schedule needs clear explanation

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By now, most students are probably aware that the school administration has changed the graduation lineup for Spring 2016. According to the new schedule, all graduations will be held on one day—Saturday, May 7. The schedule change is opposed to the lineup VSU has had in the past, where the first set of graduation ceremonies are held on Friday evening, ...

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Oregon militiamen’s treatment shows racial bias

Ammon Bundy speaks during his daily press conference at the top of the road leading to the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 6, 2016 near Burns, Ore. (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard/Zuma Press/TNS)

Written by Tyra Mills, Social Media Editor On January 2nd, a group of militiamen walked into the Federal Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon and declared it their own. The standoff is happening at the headquarters for the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. They have been protesting for weeks now, allegedly due to an issue they have with the government and its ...

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