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Pokémon Go impacts society in best and worst ways

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PRO: An app that can heal Written by Julia Rodriquez, Opinions Editor Pokémon Go has multiple health benefits for those who play it. Though video games and apps are often seen as a poor choice of a pass time, Pokémon Go has been created differently. It forces players to exercise. Sure, the Wii used to be known for its ability to ...

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Editorial: Professors must challenge students

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The value of my college career depends on our relationship. The relationship is evolutionary and revolutionary. It’s symbiotic. This isn’t a natural pairing; it takes work. We go to college to hone four traits: intelligence, experience, talent and education. Many of us are as intelligent or as talented as our instructors; that cannot be taught. Knowledge and application can. A ...

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A goodbye from our seniors

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Passing the reins with a heavy yet hopeful heart This is probably the hardest thing that I have ever had to write. Saying goodbye is never easy. So, with a heavy heart, here goes nothing. This is the last issue that I will be serving as the Editor-in-Chief. As this issue runs through the printing press, I will have said ...

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Pro/Con: Are new, stricter voter ID laws more protective or restrictive?

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PRO Written by Meaghan Bitters Asst. Advertising Manager Georgia is one of nine states with strict voter laws that require photo ID. Georgia’s voter ID law enforces strict photo ID at the polling place. If the voter doesn’t have the required ID, he or she has to vote on a provisional ballot, and the voter has three days to return ...

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Editorial: What we want in a new president

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On June 30, the president’s chair at Valdosta State will be vacant. Again. On Wednesday, Interim President Cecil Staton was appointed as the new chancellor of East Carolina University. Until June 30, Dr. Staton will still serve as the Interim President of VSU. We at The Spectator want to congratulate Dr. Staton on his great news and wish him nothing ...

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Why is mental health not treated like physical health?

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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

St. Cloud State student Barwaaqo Dirir, 21, decided to wear an American flag hijab for the first time while attending a talk by Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations of Minnesota (CAIR-MN) on Islamophobia in Minnesota at St. Cloud State University on Feb. 9, 2016 in St. Cloud, Minn. "I woke up this morning and people were looking at me differently, said Dirir. "This is my home. We're not going anywhere." (Leila Navidi/MInneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

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

Bibles rest on a beach wall during Pepperdine's Wednesday morning Surf Chapel on Zuma Beach March 11, 2015 in Malibu, Calif. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

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

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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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