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Sean Penn’s interview with El Chapo justifiable

Written by Carlius Williams, Staff Writer Is El Chapo a master drug dealer or grand champion at hide-and-seek? He was born Joaquin Guzmán Loera, is a Mexican drug lord who is known for evading police and has even escaped jail a couple times. His last escape was through a mile-long hole in the bathroom of his cell that led to ...

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New app ‘Once’ to revolutionize college dating

Written by Miles Brown, Staff Writer For those looking for easier ways to connect with potential matches, the Once app on iTunes is for you. College students will gravitate to this app the due to its ability to generate one potential match a day. This can give someone time to connect with the match and hopefully gain a connection as ...

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Are words the problem? The debate over politically correctness rages on

Written by Olivia Studdard, Staff Writer Growing up as a child I was always taught not to call people names on the playground. I was always a rather quiet and soft-spoken child, so taunting and teasing was never really something that crossed my mind. However, the older I got, the more I learned that it wasn’t simply harmful words that ...

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Letter to the editor: More transparency needed

The Editors, Sorry that I am rather behind the times here, but I still want to express my thoughts about a couple of things going on at VSU. First, I want to congratulate the previous editors of the Spectator for their excellent coverage of the issues leading up to the resignation of former Pres. McKinney.   Spectator coverage was far superior to that of the ...

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Keep the kids in mind when reforming education

Written by Erin Martin, Staff Writer In a new and digital age, it’s important that classrooms promote open discussions so that students can not only learn fundamental information, but learn to form healthy opinions and communication skills. Considering my personal education and upbringing, I remember having a lot of questions that went unanswered; being inquisitive about the world and thirsty ...

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Dear Muslims

Written by Mayah Cantave, College Life Editor Dear Muslims, Donald Trump is not a representation of the United States. We Americans tend to be ignorant, but we know that one does not represent the majority. Recently, Donald Trump called for a ban for all Muslims to enter or travel to the U.S. He also had a silent protestor, who just ...

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Editorial: New graduation schedule needs clear explanation

By now, most students are probably aware that the school administration has changed the graduation lineup for Spring 2016. According to the new schedule, all graduations will be held on one day—Saturday, May 7. The schedule change is opposed to the lineup VSU has had in the past, where the first set of graduation ceremonies are held on Friday evening, ...

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Oregon militiamen’s treatment shows racial bias

Written by Tyra Mills, Social Media Editor On January 2nd, a group of militiamen walked into the Federal Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon and declared it their own. The standoff is happening at the headquarters for the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. They have been protesting for weeks now, allegedly due to an issue they have with the government and its ...

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Sad attempt to defund Planned Parenthood fails: Obama vetos bill proposed by pro-life advocates

Written by Kenzie Kesselring, Opinions Editor Earlier this month, President Obama vetoed a bill proposed essentially by Republicans that would defund Planned Parenthood. This bill was a reaction to rumors from last year that Planned Parenthood was selling parts of aborted fetuses. It is no secret that our country is very polarized on the topic of abortion, but attempting to ...

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GMO foods should be labeled fr the benefit of consumers

Written by Meaghan Bitters, Asst. Advertising Manager After there has been so much talk about the connection between genetically modified organisms and cancer, several people have chosen to cut out GMOs from their diet. However, it can be pretty hard to do that if consumers are unsure of which food has been modified and which have not. A GMO is ...

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