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VSU student Diamond makes others shine

Being a full-time college student is no easy feat. Most students find it nearly impossible to maintain going to school and keeping a job. Running a successful business and frequently traveling seems to be out of the question. Diamond Champion rises to that challenge. Champion, a junior Communications/PR major, is a professional makeup artist and the owner of Diamond Pearle ...

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First Latina lawmaker in Georgia Legislature motivates VSU students

Brenda Lopez Romero, the first Latina lawmaker in the Georgia Legislature, knows what it takes to stay driven and keep up your reputation while in school. In 2016, Romero became the first Latina elected to the Georgia General Assembly and now represents House District 99 in Gwinnett County.  Her focus is on education, retirement, state planning and community affairs committees. ...

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Test-only college admissions may spark racial discrimination

Researchers at Georgetown University have come out with a study that involves higher education only accepting students based on standardized test scores. Standardized tests are used to give all students with different backgrounds a fair chance with the same criteria. However, they can be a disadvantage for students whom don’t test well. Traditional college and university admissions usually include letters ...

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National Council of Negro Women hosts ‘Would you date a suh?’

Even though Valentine’s day is three months away, a lot of dating events have occurred throughout the semester. One being a speed dating event hosted by The National Council of Negro Women on Nov. 7 titled “Would you date a suh?” Taahira Samuels, senior business management major and human resources minor said that her organization decided to host this event ...

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How to stay fit in college

Fitness is something that students are told to implement to have a healthy lifestyle. College students might find that more difficult to achieve. However, it’s important for to remember that there are truly great benefits to fitness especially when it comes to physical as well as mental well-being. Lindsey Freidhoff, Graduate Assistant of Fitness Programs of Campus Recreation, emphasizes the ...

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New game room introduces E-sports

  The Game Room becomes one of VSU’s main attractions with the enhancements of technology.   VSU’s game room had its grand re-opening on Tuesday Nov. 5 where new technology like PlayStation 4s, Xbox1s and gaming PCs were introduced to students.   The new renovations also include new upholstery to the air hockey, ping bong, and pool tables To add to the new look of the Game Room LED strobe lights and LED ...

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Crime Report: Aggravated assault, burglary decrease from 2016

Valdosta State’s crime on campus is nowhere near being obsolete, but in the first week of November, it seems to be slowing down compared to last month. With the fall coming in, you can snuggle up inside and read the resources the Valdosta State Police provides for students. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report provides students with information on ...

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Student loan debt at all-time high; should education be free?

Many American students must take out student loans to attend higher education institutions. As a result, the national student debt is $1.6 trillion. There is always that question of whether institutions should be offering college for free or what would happen if college was free? Currently students can receive federal financial aid and use scholarships first before resulting to student ...

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Editorial: Is diversity worth your voice?

Is diversity worth the cost of speech? In 2016, a national survey was conducted by Gallup, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Newseum Institute, with the main focus being college students. Its intent was to ascertain the current feelings of college students regarding the state of their rights and freedoms, specifically those upheld by the First ...

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Column: Student-athletes finally receive freedom from NCAA

The NCAA is trying to use its get-out-of-jail-free card. Over the years, the topic of pay to play has been one of the most controversial and often discussed stories that surrounds college sports. Now, after bills were proposed in many states to put the practice in place legally, the NCAA has ruled that it will allow college athletes to profit ...

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Jones’ triple-double, Blazers defeat Barons for third straight victory

So it continues. The Blazers (3-0) remain undefeated, as they dominated against Brewton Parker 100-68 at the VSU Complex on Nov. 12. Darrell Jones notched his first triple-double of the season with 11 points and career-highs with 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Going into the second half, he already had five points, five rebounds, and nine assists. Eleven of those ...

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‘Relish’ in Valdosta’s newest burger place

“Big Tasty Burgers!” advertises Relish. I’ll be the judge of that. Since 2009, Relish has established a decent reputation in the North Florida area. For its third location, the company set its sights on Valdosta. The location already boasts a 4.8/5 rating on Facebook. With ratings like those, who could pass it up? The interior of the restaurant was sleek ...

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Refined: Blazers’ forward trims ‘about 20 pounds’ in offseason

If you attended either of the Blazers first two games this season, you probably had to do a double-take at Darrell Jones. Don’t worry, you saw correctly. Jones, a senior forward, trimmed down some weight in the offseason, which has unlocked new dimensions in his game. “I lost about 20 pounds,” Jones said of his weight-loss. “I was eating better. ...

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Editorial: The dangers of social media

Social has been a staple in our society for the last 10 years, it has made everything and everyone the same and not for the better. Social media is dictating how people think and react, so many of us have our lives controlled by a phone. It’s getting so out of hand that in many states, including Georgia, laws exist ...

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Once more: VSU wins GSC crown, avoids Argos comeback

In the nippy November air, the VSU Blazers held onto the ball for the last three-and-a-half minutes to secure the 26-21 victory and the Gulf South Conference championship for back-to-back seasons against the West Florida Argonauts. Both teams entered the game undefeated in conference play, so whoever left Bazemore-Hyder Stadium with a victory would also hoist the illustrious trophy It ...

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