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Editorial: Blazer voices should be heard — VSU needs to make policy changes

“You’re Fired!” This may sound like a familiar quote from Republican nominee Donald Trump, but we aren’t talking about “The Apprentice.” The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education-otherwise known as FIRE–has given Valdosta State a speech code rating of red. So what does that have to do with you? Everything. National Free Speech week starts next Monday, which makes us ...

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Editorial: Domestic violence hurts everyone

Nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month for the purpose of encouraging survivors to come forward to seek help and protection. What is ...

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Editorial: Your vote does matter

In the 2012 election, 19.9 percent of 18-29 year olds casted ballots, according to The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). It was the lowest young adult turnout rate ever recorded. That is in contrast to the 45 percent turnout of that age group in the 2014 election. In 10 states, CIRCLE predicts that “youth ...

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Editorial: Safety is a collective effort

There are numerous policies and procedures in place for keeping VSU students and the community safe. Some procedures are working well while others are turning out to be better in theory than in reality. Some have worked such as the use of color cards, but others have not such as text alerts. Others are supposed to work but have become ...

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VSU shouldn’t forget current students

It might be time for VSYOU to take a backseat to VSUS. The 2015-2016 school year saw the beginnings of the VSYOU advertisement campaign, and this year enrollment is set to reap the benefits. The campaign has produced a 5 percent increase in freshman enrollment from last year, with majors like communications, math, and accounting seeing the biggest growth since ...

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Editorial: News media must work to gain trust of audience

Sometimes reporters don’t have all of the information before running a story. The race to be first on broadcasting big news can be a cutthroat competition, and anything done in a rush is bound to contain errors. Sometimes the errors are an accident, but other times they are made out of careless haste. The most recent social uproar against media ...

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Editorial: Don’t break the bank to educate

Don’t break the bank to educate. Nelson Mandela said that education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world. How exactly can we change the world when we can barely afford it? Paying for college has always cost an arm and a leg. Now it seems like it’s costing an arm, leg, heart and soul. ...

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Editorial: Professors must challenge students

The value of my college career depends on our relationship. The relationship is evolutionary and revolutionary. It’s symbiotic. This isn’t a natural pairing; it takes work. We go to college to hone four traits: intelligence, experience, talent and education. Many of us are as intelligent or as talented as our instructors; that cannot be taught. Knowledge and application can. A ...

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Editorial: What we want in a new president

On June 30, the president’s chair at Valdosta State will be vacant. Again. On Wednesday, Interim President Cecil Staton was appointed as the new chancellor of East Carolina University. Until June 30, Dr. Staton will still serve as the Interim President of VSU. We at The Spectator want to congratulate Dr. Staton on his great news and wish him nothing ...

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