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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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Editorial: Show us the money

Most Americans don't have access to an emergency savings account, according to a study from Bankrate.com. (Photo courtesy Fotolia/TNS)

The last two semesters at VSU have been rough. Last spring, a simple protest lead to a media frenzy which engulfed VSU. In the fall, over 30 faculty and staff members were let go. Faculty and staff were at the pinnacle of their careers and some relocated to Valdosta because of VSU. Because of this, it seemed that VSU was ...

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Editorial: Be informed. Make a change.

Students unite for the victims of both the Paris  attacks and Beruit Wednesday night on the front lawn. At least 40 students and faculty gathered for a moment of silence.  (Photos Courtesy: Stella Henderson/THE SPECTATOR)

Tragedy is a word that is becoming a part of daily diction. If you have seen the news the last couple of days, you will notice that the world seems to be overtaken by grief and tragedy. On Friday, Nov. 13, the world’s clock seemed to stop ticking. Devastating terrorist attacks ravaged areas of Paris. News stations, newspapers, cell phone ...

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Editorial: Media: friend or foe?

University of Missouri students circle tents on the Carnahan Quadrangle, locking arms to prevent media from entering the space following the resignation of President Timothy W. Wolfe on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

Every great historical movement has had two things in common: a cause for the people to rally behind and a media presence that sheds light on the movement.  The media has been abuzz with the recent happenings at the University of Missouri and a whirlwind of racial tensions seem to be reaching a climax. A video from the UM campus that ...

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Editorial: Minority news ignored by mainstream media

A small group of protestors, with fists raised, chants and tries to disrupt the rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Clark Atlanta University on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Atlanta. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

As a staff of upcoming journalists, we should be ashamed of the media coverage of minorities. The media, an all-inclusive term used to sum up newspapers, broadcast, video and audio as a way to disseminate the news. The outside sees something that just comes on television or through headphones; we see our dream careers. Simply put, the media is the ...

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Editorial: Blaze the vote

Graphic Courtesy: Kayla Stroud/THE SPECTATOR

Most people have a bubble in which they like to situate themselves. In this little bubble, they have friends, work, and responsibilities, but outside this bubble lies the unavoidable constant of reality. Imagine reality as a strong river, directing those who float onward through their lives, content with the space they have surrounded themselves with, but at the mercy of ...

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Editorial: Timed parking spots cause too many tickets for students

Photo taken by Kenzie Kesselring/THE SPECTATOR

Imagine it is a Friday morning, and you only have one class for 50 minutes. You are running a little late so you decide to park by the library in a 45-minute spot thinking, “Surely I won’t get a ticket for going five minutes over.” But when you get back to your car, low and behold, there is a ticket ...

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Editorial: Gun obsession must end

Heidi Wickersham, left, wipes away her tears while consoling her sister, Gwendolyn Wickersham, center, a UCC student who is grieving for her creative writing mentor, the slain Lawrence Levine, 67, a Umpqua Community College mass shooting victim, during candlelight vigil at a memorial service at Riverbend Park in Winston, Ore., on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

When mass violence on college campuses becomes the norm, there is a big problem. There has been multiple college campus shootings since 2013 and the recent tragedy at Umpqua Community College has brought the total to 142. There has been 45 shootings in 2015 alone.  Enough is enough. We at the Spectator would like to extend our condolences to the ...

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Editorial: Wrap it or don’t tap it


Sex is great. It’ fun, intimate, workout friendly, experimental and puts you to sleep.  And it can kill you. It’s frustrating to know how powerful sex is, and yet many people don’t educate themselves. Too many don’t practice safe sex. Too many die or have to alter their lives over one encounter. Even if you take every precaution, you can ...

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Editorial: VSU works to accommodate students of all gender orientations

Photo Illustration: Kayla Stroud/THE SPECTATOR

Celebrity advocates Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox are shining light on an invisible population of transgender people, and now so is VSU? The additions of gender neutral bathrooms throughout the campus show a sign of progression for the university. Since 2011, VSU has offered a program called “Safe Space” that provides a more appreciative and nurturing environment for LGBT people ...

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