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VSU students deserve transparency from university

Knowledge is power. In the case of the students at VSU, being informed of things that go on at our campus will give us more knowledge and power to make better, safer and more informed decisions. A little thing we like to call transparency requires the administration to be completely open with students. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. ...

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Focus on retention, not recruitment

When the truth came out, the truth hurt. The painful truth to some people is that VSU is shrinking. The more important truth to the remaining 11,500 students is that reaching our goal — graduation — has become an increasingly difficult struggle. We realize recruiting is important, but VSU needs to realize that it is time for retention to take ...

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Stand together to end sexual assault

With sore shoulders, rape victim Emma Sulkowicz carries her mattress across campus in protest while her alleged rapist walks the same campus path. In Sulkowicz’s opinion, Columbia University did nothing to punish her alleged rapist. She plans to carry the mattress around campus until she no longer goes to school with her alleged rapist. One student at the University of ...

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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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