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BREAKING: Bond appeal decision in Sheppard case not made

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief  The decision for bond on appeal for Eric Sheppard has not been announced as of Wednesday. Sheppard, 21, was transported to the Lowndes County Jail, after being arrested last month. Sheppard was denied bond earlier this month. Sheppard was arrested on June 4 in Tampa, FL, after hiding from law enforcement. In April, Sheppard was charged with ...

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Zenobia Harris’ Study Abroad Trip to Ireland

Photos taken by Zenobia Harris, Copy Editor  Copy Editor Zenobia Harris recently went on a study abroad trip to Ireland, with some of her fellow Mass Media peers. While there, the Mass Media students, along with Mass Media professors Marie Elliott and Frank Barnas, shot footage for a media workshop course and toured numerous destinations in Ireland. This is the ...

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Daily Strange: A battery made from… wood?

Written by: Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief  Batteries can grow on trees apparently. According to an article on ifls.com, a group of scientists have recently invented two high-capacity batteries from a simple material: wood. The batteries have a sponge like appearance. This causes the batteries to be able to absorb both shock and stress. According to the article, this is a feature that ...

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Caitlyn Jenner, a hero for transgender rights

Written Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief  Members of the Kardashian family are no strangers when it comes to headlines and media buzz. However, one member of the Kardashian clan is grabbing headlines for an actual reason now. Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair; her coming out as a woman. Social media was ablaze after ...

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BREAKING: Eric Sheppard arrested.

Written by Kenzie Kesselring, Opinions Editor  Eric Sheppard was arrested Thursday morning in Tampa, Florida. After being arrested, Sheppard was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail. He will remain there until he can be brought back to Lowndes County. Authorities have been searching for Eric Sheppard since April 22, after he allegedly brought a handgun onto Valdosta State’s campus. Throughout ...

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Daily Strange: Solar panels the new concrete?

Written by John Preer, Editor-in-Chief  Could Solar panels replace concrete pavement? Scott and Julie Brusaw seem to believe so.  The couple’s company, Solar Roadways, is based in Idaho has spent nearly a decade developing and testing their solar powered road panels.  Although, these panels could potentially serve multiple purposes, there are still many critics that doubt the panel’s ability to ...

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A phish out of an email; a recent phishing attack sent through VSU emails

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief    UPDATE: Shawn Merdinger provides more clarity on a statement in the article. He states that “this particular phishing attack email did not contain a malicious attachment or contain embedded code that would compromise the user.” Merdinger also states that “users should be wary when opening any email, especially attachments like .zip and .doc files, ...

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American flag supporters rally around campus, remain peaceful

Written by: John Stephen, Print Editor  One week after protesters walked on the American flag at Valdosta State’s campus, hundreds of students, veterans and community members rallied along VSU’s perimeter under a clear blue sky to show support for the American flag. Around 1,000 people took part in the “Flags Over VSU” demonstration – according to Valdosta Police Chief Brian ...

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McKinney holds surprise press conference

Written by: Elan Waite, Editor-in-Chief  VSU President William McKinney held a press conference on the Front Lawn at 6 p.m. Tuesday, minutes after campus police issued an alert announcing a manhunt for a VSU student. In the alert, which was issued to students Tuesday at 5:44 p.m., police reported that a gun was found on campus that was linked to ...

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Two protests unite under common flag: Students, veterans and Valdosta citizens come to campus to support their cause

Written by: Jordan Barela, Digital Editor & John Stephen, Print Editor  Hundreds of VSU students, alumni and Valdosta citizens gathered on VSU’s Pedestrian Mall Monday at 3 p.m. to show support for the American flag, in the exact same spot where Air Force veteran Michelle Manhart was detained by police on Friday for attempting to take the American flag from ...

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