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Fall Graduation set to occur face to face

This morning Dr. Richard Carvajal, VSU president, announced that fall commencement will be face to face this semester with a few changes to accommodate the Center for Disease Control Guidelines. Fall commencement will now take place on Monday Dec. 14 at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium with a series of four different commencement programs throughout the day. The College of Humanities and Social ...

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how effective are plexiglass shields on campus?

The table tops around campus have recently received an addition. Dining tables now have plexiglass dividers to act as a barrier between students eating together.  These dividers first appeared in Palms Dining Hall and now are in eating areas across campus.  But how effective are these dividers when it comes to stopping the spread of COVID-19? According to WebMD, these ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month Honors Icons

Hispanic and Latino American icons have had a long history in the entertainment industry. Here are just some of the Hispanic Americans who have influenced media today. Selena Quintanilla Selena Quintanilla was a hit Latin American singer in the ‘80s and ‘90s. According to IMDb, Selena began preforming when she was 9-years-old in a band with her brother and sister. ...

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TikTok ban possible

The ever so popular TikTok craze may be coming to an end soon with concerns surrounding the safety of the app. TikTok is a video-sharing app of a Chinese networking service owned by the internet technology company based in Beijing, ByteDance. There are many security and privacy speculations about this company which resulted in a proposed ban on the app ...

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VSU experiences Record High Freshman Count

The amount of freshmen who have enrolled at VSU for fall 2020 has increased by 48% since last year, with an overwhelming 3,437 students. This increase had led to approximately $4 million in increased revenue for VSU, according to VSU President Richard Carvajal. According to Ryan Hogan, VSU’s director of admissions, the increase can be attributed to a variety of ...

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New parking meters create closer parking spots on campus

Parking at VSU has transformed in the fall semester with the addition of four new parking meters available for students. The new parking meters are bright green signs with location numbers listed on them and are located in the Langdale lot, Baytree lot, Café lot and the Student Union lot. Melissa Wolfe, SGA president, said that the parking meters were ...

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Homecoming moved

Annual traditions are being postponed due to COVID-19 and VSU homecoming is no exception. It will now be replaced with Blazer Week. Homecoming is an annual tradition which showcases the best of Blazer Nation for new and returning students, alumni and countless other traditions. However, this year is different because of COVID-19, which caused the postponement of homecoming to a ...

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Photos: COVID-19’s affect on campus environment

When walking through campus there is a huge and frankly disappointing amount of litter. The cups, bottles, wrappers, and trash in general is piling up outside garbage bins. However, now we have the added trash from disposable masks, disinfectant wipes, and gloves.  According to the Environmental protection agency in 2013, the average American created 4.40 pounds of trash per person ...

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Next Gen War: Xbox Series X vs PlayStation 5

With no word from Nintendo on any hardware upgrades to compete, Microsoft and Sony are going toe to toe with their new consoles ready to hit shelves this holiday season, the new Xbox Series X(Microsoft) and The PlayStation 5 or PS5 (Sony). Earlier this month due to COVID-19 concerns both companies were forced to host live virtual showcases on YouTube ...

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Column: First debate a low point for political discourse

On Tuesday Sept. 29, the two primary candidates for President of the United States met for their first of three scheduled debates. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden met for the debate at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace moderated. Throughout 2020, polls have depicted the race as relatively static, with Biden ...

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Current COVID-19 Stats for Valdosta State University

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