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Sonny Shroyer Jr.: Valdosta’s Timeless Actor

While there is a seemingly endless list of people that have contributed to the success of the City of Valdosta, there are only a handful of people that come from Valdosta, that have reached a level of fame that is at least noteworthy. One of these notable people is Valdosta native, Otis Burt “Sonny” Shroyer Jr. Sonny Shroyer was born ...

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Editorial: Hard Work Won’t Make You Successful

Working hard is a fool’s errand. This statement should not surprise any college student in the slightest. It is naïve to think that the amount of time and energy spent on your work will make a difference in your overall success. Yet, we see our peers walking around campus every single day stressing about their projects, presentations and exams they ...

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Things to do for New Year’s

The countdown has begun until winter break is here and then New Years is just around the corner. This year being the end of one decade and the next being of a new one. What kind of events will be happening that can set 2020 off with a bang? Jacksonville Beach Polar Plunge at the Seawalk Pavilion. 75 1st St ...

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Refuel with Huel?

Huel is a brand that wishes to offer students in the United States an alternative way to get their daily nutrition through meal replacement. Based in the United Kingdom, Huel started in 2016 with the idea to help people get their nutrition in a way that is both easy and tasty. Leila Hughel-Deeds, Director of Sports Nutrition for VSU, spoke ...

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Opinion: Instagram and Facebook likes are really done

Recently, social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook have decided to test the removal of likes and make them private notifications. This has sparked a lot of conversation, with many people discussing the positive and negative effects this may have concerning engagement and influencers. The test began with Instagram users in select countries, such as Australia and Japan, with ...

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Pop Addict: Grammy nominations edition

Hello everyone, and welcome back to a very special edition of Pop Addict. On this edition, we will be discussing one of my favorite topics to discuss around this time of year: Grammy nominations. This year’s nominations are very interesting to say the least, so without further ado, let’s get into it! To better understand what I’m talking about in ...

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How a Valdosta State university professor is making a change with virtual reality

Virtual reality was initially created for a more immersive video game experience, but people like Dr. Bobbie Ticknor have found a way to innovate it for more beneficial purposes. Doctor Ticknor has been an associate professor at Valdosta State University for six years, specializing in anthropology, sociology and criminal justice. Dr. Ticknor always believed she possessed the qualities of a ...

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Fight to the finish: how to survive finals week

It’s the last hurdle before the finish line. Finals are next week with winter break following immediately after. It might seem hectic, but if students can prepare for final exam week it will go by smoothly. Students know the typical tips when preparing for finals, such as making sure you get enough sleep at night and eating healthy meals before ...

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Remembering John “Pops” Witherspoon

On Oct. 29, iconic actor and comedian John “Pops” Witherspoon passed away at the age of 77. He died in his home in Sherman Oaks, California due to cardiac arrest. Born in Detroit, Michigan on Jan. 27, 1942, Witherspoon was one of eleven siblings. As a child, Witherspoon occasionally worked as a model. He and his older brother, William, took ...

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‘Relish’ in Valdosta’s newest burger place

“Big Tasty Burgers!” advertises Relish. I’ll be the judge of that. Since 2009, Relish has established a decent reputation in the North Florida area. For its third location, the company set its sights on Valdosta. The location already boasts a 4.8/5 rating on Facebook. With ratings like those, who could pass it up? The interior of the restaurant was sleek ...

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