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Tobacco ban takes away student rights

The “it’s for your own good” argument has been used to enforce doctrines on subordinate populations for generations. VSU plans to adopt this justification with a new campus-wide tobacco ban. The problem is that the “subordinate population” here at VSU is overwhelmingly made up of adults who are more than capable of making the personal decision to smoke cigarettes. The ...

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Power to the protesters

The news is rarely pretty. In fact, it’s often ugly and grim. ISIS, Ferguson and Syria are just a few of the issues that grace—or disgrace — headlines. What is it, as future journalists, that make us continue in a career field that has to wait for bombs to drop and shots to fire for us to have a job? ...

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Don’t prevent free speech at VSU

“Keep him away!” “Let him speak!” Controversy has been surrounding Ben Carson since it was announced that he’s coming to VSU. Carson is a Fox News personality who has been invited by VSU’s Harely Langdale, Jr.College of Business Administration to speak today. Carson, like any American citizen, has the right to be heard by whoever is willing to listen. Carson ...

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Don’t Use Our Tax Money To Support The Confederacy

Confederate Commemorations Can’t Continue Georgia taxpayers should not be forced to support the legacy of the Confederacy. This summer, sociologist Mark George and Reverend Floyd Rose sent an open letter to Governor Nathan Deal and all Georgia legislators imploring them to do several things: stop endorsing Confederate events and holidays, stop managing Confederate sites and monuments, and change all state ...

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Pipeline a risk to Valdosta

“My first thought was it’s a nuclear bomb, we’re dead,” Kim Krajniak said in a 1994 New York Times article. “No words could ever tell you how frightening it was. My sliding glass door was like an oven. People were running out in their underwear. It was bedlam. People running and falling, kids naked. I felt like an animal running ...

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Students need to be heard by senate

Every so often an issue pops up that stirs the student population and causes them to voice their opinions, and if they’re lucky they are listened to. We appear to be short on luck. As of April 17, the scheduling issue that has been the topic of many discussions among both students and faculty was voted on, and the moving ...

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Night shuttle can’t go to sleep

When word got around that the night shuttle may be coming to an end, many students became concerned. The night shuttle is a must-have service offered by the university. It gives students a piece of mind knowing they don’t have to walk across campus in the middle of the night. Walking around at night can be sketchy, especially with inadequate ...

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Grads want a fresh voice

For many students, graduation is the end of the long, arduous journey that is education. For others, it’s a major step toward the wonderful world of post-graduate education and maybe more. At many schools, graduation is highlighted by a motivational speech from someone brought in for the occasion. These speakers are normally big names. Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford ...

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Pushing for more diversity

Take a look around campus, and you’ll see a plethora of identities. People of different genders, ethnicities and races come to VSU to get an education, and as a result there is an adequate amount of diversity. But take a look at members of the faculty and administration, and you’ll realize they are not a reflection of the students. According ...

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Schedule choice unclear

This week, the faculty senate will be discussing yet another possible schedule change for the university. In response to the endless debate over the placement of break days between Thanksgiving and fall break, Dr. Aubrey Fowler has proposed to the faculty senate that the academic calendar be adjusted to add three days (two class days) to the beginning of the ...

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