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Bland another victim of police brutality

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Written by Tyra Mills, Social Media Editor Sandra Bland was 28, living in Chicago, and on her way to her new, dream job in Waller County. She was pulled over for changing lanes without using a signal. The traffic stop was all caught on camera, and you can see tensions clearly rising between Bland and the officer. He was upset ...

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Media bombarding citizens for good reason

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Written by Julia Rodriquez, Staff Writer The media has been frantic lately over the Presidential campaigns; however, the election date is over a year away. Some find this bombardment of information unnecessary, because it is so early. But, the coverage is important when preparing to have well informed voters. Even if a voter is not attentively following the campaign, they ...

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Should America offer paid leave to new parents?

Sean Wylie and his wife Laura Wylie of Oak Park, Ill., feed their 7-month-old daughter Matilda on Saturday April 18, 2015. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune/TNS) Photo Credit: MCTCampus

Written by Zenobia Harris, Copy Editor “Today, we’re the only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers.” President Obama gave this statement during his State of the Union address. As far-fetched as that may seem, it may be truer than people realize. According to an International Labor Organization study, the ...

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EDITORIAL: Is our VSU degree worth the money?

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Is our degree at VSU worth it now? We have had this question rumbling through our mind for a while now. This question first arose after the flag controversy. VSU was front and center of the media spotlight. The bulb shining bright on that controversy eventually burned out, only to be replaced with a fresh bulb. This time, the drop ...

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Letter from the editor: New look, same Spectator

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Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief    “The Spectator is the independent student newspaper of Valdosta State University.” This is the one thing that staff members and editors have been saying whenever someone asks about the paper, calling for an interview, or just simply describing the paper. There is one keyword in that phrase that is becoming dated: newspaper. The Spectator ...

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Caitlyn Jenner, a hero for transgender rights

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Written Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief  Members of the Kardashian family are no strangers when it comes to headlines and media buzz. However, one member of the Kardashian clan is grabbing headlines for an actual reason now. Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair; her coming out as a woman. Social media was ablaze after ...

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Can you live on minimum wage?

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Written by: Erin Martin, Staff Writer  When people consider minimum wage workers, they imagine teenagers working to earn their a little pocket money for their new shoes or for weekend pocket money. However, the truth is, 88 percent of the workers being paid this base rate of 7.25 are 20 years of age or older, and more than half of them ...

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U.S. needs higher minimum wage

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Written by: Kailee Kivett, Staff Writer According to CNN, the U.S. economy has produced an average of 261,000 jobs every month for the past year. However, minimum wage has only been increased by 52 cents in the same amount of time. Although new jobs are being created every month, the recovery process is actually considered by experts to be too ...

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Letter from the editor: Good-Bye VSU

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Written by: Jordan Hill, Opinions Editor While VSU has been the center of attention for the past few weeks, it’s been the center of my attention for the past four years. My college graduation is quickly approaching and I am thrilled. As one chapter of my life comes to a close, I look back at all the great times I’ve had ...

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It’s time to put an end to sexual assault, education needed to change culture

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Written by: Kenzie Kesselring, Asst. Opinions Editor “No means no” sounds simple, right? However, when it comes to sexual assault within the millennial generation, it appears not to mean “no.” Sexual assault is a problem that has become more prevalent on college campuses across the United States, but our society’s solution to this problem is not working. Millennial women are ...

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