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Editorial: Mental health needs more spotlight at VSU

Mental health does not get enough light shined on it. Social media influencers post a picture of themselves in a face mask and call it “self-care” and advise people to take time for that “self-care.” People who suffer from depression and anxiety know that a face mask and candles are not what is going to make them feel like themselves ...

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Opinion: Should celebrities run for public office?

Celebrities running for political office have been a sight that has been seen for decades. Before Ronald Reagan became the President of the United States, he served as president of the Screen Actors Guild and had a successful film career, starring in over 50 movies across three decades. Arnold Schwarzenegger served as Governor of California for eight years while also ...

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Look for solutions in racial education

College is supposed to teach you how to function in the real world and be a good, contributing member of society. Some things aren’t that simple. Racism is one of those things. You might think that requiring students to take classes about race would help to resolve the growing tension and racial division in America, but it wouldn’t. We are ...

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Column: Why students should take wearing face masks more seriously

Wearing a mask shouldn’t be an option during the age of COVID-19. Since the virus has made its way to the United States, the country has struggled to keep it under control. And one of the main reasons for this is the leniency regarding wearing a mask. Although it’s required to wear a mask on-campus since school started on Aug. ...

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People Poll: What are your concerns about the fall semester at VSU?

VSU released plans on July 2 explaining what will go in-effect to make sure everyone on campus stays safe. Students however, still have concerns with aspects of the plan. Andria Mattox, freshman biology major “What concerns me most is how dependent this is on every student’s cooperation. Eighty-nine percent of Americans wear a mask. With the rising number of cases ...

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Column: A Country’s Crumbling

The killing of George Floyd was truly a turning point in American history. If the social and political consequences from the aftermath are allowed to go unchecked, the rule of law as we know it could wither away. What started in Minneapolis on May 28, was soon mimicked in several cities across the country: mass protests, but also riots, violence, ...

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Just because VSU isn’t an HBCU, doesn’t mean students should stay silent

While the entire world is in the midst of a fight against the life-threatening virus known as COVID-19, another illness, one that has been around for centuries, has continued to rock our nation. Racism. Racism can be defined as a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority ...

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May the Virus End This Month: Celebrations of May

Remember when I said social distancing would end in my last column? Yeah, about that… May is upon us, and either through sheer optimism or bitter denial, I was hoping COVID-19’s curve would be flattened by now. Georgia’s shelter-in-place will be officially over at midnight, but with the number of cases still rising, it’s not looking too good. Even though ...

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Editorial: We need to take personal responsibility now; The government won’t save us

Gov. Brian Kemp officially announced that “due to favorable data and more testing,” fitness, beauty and some entertainment centers have the option of reopening on April 24 with “basic operations.” This pretty much shortens his original shelter-in-place-order by 6 days, since going bowling and getting your nails filled in isn’t exactly “essential.” According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, ...

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Don’t let COVID-19 stop you from living: Celebrations of April

It’s been a wild ride these past 30 days. The coronavirus has probably taken away your job, your friends, your sanity and your toilet paper. These are sad, frustrating and uncertain times. However, if you’re reading this, that means you’re still alive. Life doesn’t stop because you’re adjusting to a new normal. And you know what? Being alive is great, ...

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Editorial: Concern for our nation in coronavirus pandemic

As I’ve observed the response of the U.S. government to the coronavirus pandemic, my level of concern has been on the same trajectory as the number of reported cases in our country. My two primary areas of concern are combatting the pandemic efficiently and simultaneously dealing with the economic implications that come with it. As of now, the U.S. has ...

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Current COVID-19 Stats for Valdosta State University

Check the current number of cases on the VSU campus here!