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High speed chase disturbs VSU campus

Watch your toes, VSU students, as a dirt bike rider roams free after shaking off VSU Police in a high-speed chase through Pedestrian Mall on Sept. 30. On the night of Sept. 30 around 7:50 p.m. Officer Michael Whitlock initiated a traffic stop after hearing multiple dirt bikes riding down a nearby street. “One of the dirt bikes drove through ...

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Enrollment numbers helping VSU budget

The Budget Advisory Council Meeting was held on Sept. 24 to discuss VSU’s financials and to provide transparency amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. VSU’s operating budget was reduced by 15%, or $12.1 million. Reductions included reducing part-time and student employment, eliminating 88 vacant positions and offering a one-time retirement incentive. According to Dr. Robert Smith, provost and vice president for Academic ...

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Don’t let political party affiliations decide your vote

The Presidential Election is less than a month away, but many students are split as to how they should vote for this year. However, this election will be seeing many first-time voters who are students, many whom are from Generation Z. Younger generations have always been encouraged to vote, yet according to the New York Times, the voter turnout of ...

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VSU will not have early voting

As of now, VSU will not host early voting regardless of the state of global health.   Other USG schools such as UGA have announced they have been approved for early voting to help accommodate students, faculty, and staff with following CDC guidelines and avoiding bigger crowds when voting in-person.   According to UGA their hope is to “dissuade their ...

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This generation must vote to change America

From COVID-19 to the Black Lives Matter protests, 2020 has opened the eyes of this generation. We have faced unspeakable tragedies in less than a year, and still we remain strong. The next step in improving our country is to vote. The semester of spring 2020 was cut short when news got out about COVID-19 being confirmed as the start ...

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Kamala Harris may break barriers this upcoming election

From running against each other to joining the same ticket, it is time to clear the air about Senator Kamala Harris and her intentions with Democratic Presidential nominee, Joe Biden. Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee, Kamala Harris has had citizens on the edge of their seat since running in the 2020 election back in Jan. 21, 2019. After dropping out of the ...

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A Look into Lowndes County Ballot

The presidential candidates aren’t the only people running this November. The Public Service Commissioners for Lowndes County will also be held with Republican candidate Jason Shaw and Democratic candidate Robert Bryant. According to the State of Georgia’s Public Service Commission, the role of a public service commissioner is deciding reasonable rates of utilities for Georgia citizens. The main utilities include ...

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2020 U.S. Census affects students financially

When one thinks of the year 2020, they might think of the presidential election, COVID-19 or the fact that we have entered a new decade. However, something that might get lost in all the madness is the 2020 census. The census is mandated by Article 1, section 2 of the Constitution that is a population count of every living person ...

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VSU COVID-19 updates compared to other Georgia colleges

VSU students no longer need to play the guessing game as VSU will begin conducting weekly data updates of COVID-19 cases on campus. “VSU will be releasing its data weekly and on Fridays starting this week,” Robbyn DeSpain, the director of strategic communications said. “The data that will be available is current active cases involving faculty/staff and current active cases ...

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CDC does not recommend masks with valves

All masks are not created equal. On Aug. 6, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that certain masks are not as effective as others. The University System of Georgia and CDC have partnered in requiring all schools providing face-to-face curriculum to wear masks on-campus for safety purposes. The four basic masks consist of surgical, cloth, KN95, and masks ...

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Current COVID-19 Stats for Valdosta State University

Check the current number of cases on the VSU campus here!