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Rain failed to dampen Earth Day festivities

Written by: John Preer     Fear of bad weather moved the Earth Day event inside.  Although the change of venue didn’t compliment the celebration of nature, attendants were still in high spirits as they observed the holiday.  SAVE spread the message of conservation with informational booths and “green” activities.   Attendants enjoyed free food and a live band, while gaining a new reverence for Mother Earth.  Children attending the ...

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Blazefest returns: VSU hosts local music festival

Written by: Abbie Baggerly  WVVS-BLAZEfm is bringing back the popular Blazefest.  Blazefest is a spring music festival featuring eight local bands and musicians.  The festival begins on the front lawn at 2 p.m. and will last until around 8:45 p.m. It is free and open to all VSU students and members of the community.  Spectators will be able to meet ...

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Internet lives on after heartbleed

Written by: Joseph Albahari Are your passwords safe? That depends on when you last changed them. On April 7, it was made public that the security of the Internet was compromised by the Heartbleed bug. Heartbleed, or CVE-2014-0160 as it is technically named, is an OpenSSL security bug that has affected about 17 percent of the internet’s websites. The bug ...

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Not your average suit and tie: new provost adds flair to academic affairs

Written by: John Stephen VSU has finally found a permanent provost—a well-traveled Trinidad and Tobago native who jams to vinyl records, has a passion for helping students succeed and yes, even takes long walks on the beach with his wife. Dr. Hudson Rogers, father of two and grandfather of one, currently lives in Fort Meyers, Fla., where he has resided ...

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Students to experience life without any sound

Written by: Abbie Baggerly What’s your sign? VSU’s American Sign Language Club will host its annual Deaf, Deaf World event on April 25 in Student Union Ballrooms A, B and C.  For student convenience, Deaf, Deaf World will be split into two sessions: 10-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m.   “Deaf, Deaf World is an event that brings the community together, ...

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New publication provides an alternative for women

Written by: Rikysha Williams More than 60 percent of VSU students are women, and now they have a publication that speaks directly to them. Launched on March 4, Her Campus Valdosta is an online magazine that empowers, enlightens and entertains VSU women. Ariel Hairston, president and editor-in-chief, started a Her Campus chapter at VSU because she wanted a more entertaining ...

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VSU held third annual “Dancing with the Stars of Valdosta” event

Written by: Rikysha Williams VSU danced the night away at its third annual Dancing with the Stars of Valdosta event on Saturday. The event was modeled after the popular television show “Dancing with the Stars” and helped to raise funds for several dance, music and theater scholarships at VSU. The stars of the show were members of the community who ...

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Spring Electronics Recycling event

Written by: Jessica Ingram The City of Valdosta Public Works Department and the Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful organization hosted another successful Electronics Recycling event in Mathis Auditorium on Saturday. Citizens were asked to drop off old and unwanted electronics, such as computers, cell phones, cables, stereos, VCRs, cameras and televisions. The Electronic Recycling event is one of two annual events intended ...

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Game of Thrones serves up more matrimonial carnage

Written by: LaMarcus Wilkerson Normally, it’s uncommon for people to cheer when someone dies. But on Sunday, eager fans of the medieval fantasy show “Game of Thrones” were overjoyed when one of the main characters unexpectedly checked-out of Westeros. The second episode of season four reminded GOT fans of the unforgettable “Red Wedding” at the end of season three. Similar ...

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Backers demand refund

Written by: Joseph Albahari With the help of generous Kickstarter donations, tech company Oculus VR was set to revolutionize the world of gaming. But in March, much to the dismay of the Internet, Facebook decided to buy Oculus VR for $2 billion. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, commented on the deal after it was made public. “After games, we’re ...

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