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Let’s maintain our close-knit family

he topic has been stressed before, in this specific spot, but time has passed and it seems that voice has been lost in the masses. Please do not underestimate the importance of this idea, and please do not overlook this message. To understand this message, ask yourself: What makes Valdosta State so attractive, not only to the current students, but to prospective students? Is it our Spanish Mission theme, our proximity to the beach or is it just our lax admission standards?
Well, yes all of these are very attractive characteristics of VSU, but the answer lies a little deeper.
What makes VSU so appealing is its ability to provide a sense of family, a sense of acceptance.
This is why the average enrollment has continually risen every year, almost 1,000 since 2005. That is why people from all over the state, not just South Georgia, have chosen VSU.
It is obvious that VSU has grown, and more and more are realizing this sense of belonging. This idea is important in order to continue and maintain the growth of this university.
As the semester is winding down, we look back and notice that the sense of community has fallen off a little. We offer no explanation other than with the growth of a university it becomes more and more challenging to offer that sense of closeness. The past months have been littered with arrests, some dysfunction in student organizations and an air of annoyance with the campus construction.
To say this does not come along with the territory of expanding a university would be far from reality, but we, as the current VSU community, can do something about leading VSU into the future and maintain the closeness the university prides itself with.
We come from different areas, we have different beliefs and interests and we take pride in those differences, but this does not mean we have to differentiate ourselves from acceptance.
Take a look around campus. We all have one thing in common: we’re Blazers. Please do not take that for granted.
Remember, the more attractive our university is, the more it grows. The more it grows, the more your diploma grows in worth.
Take it as a challenge to do your personal part to make VSU a community instead of just another school.

This editorial was written by Lee Johnson (gljohnson@valdosta.edu) and it expresses the opinion of the entire editorial staff.

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