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Curiosity killed the student

The cat isn’t the only one getting punished for being naturally inquisitive. Beginning as early as birth, curiosity drives infants and young children to build knowledge by developing their own way of learning. But it doesn’t last long. Children move into the education system around age 5, and instead of having the system meet their individual learning needs, they are ...

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Metal straws cut down waste in Valdosta

As the Metal Straw Movement sweeps the nation in an effort to reduce plastic waste, many companies are joining in. Now, Red Owl Coffee Company is one of them. Red Owl is a local coffee shop that began its story in Valdosta in 2017. Since then, Red Owl has made its mission to provide a sense of home to customers ...

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Young Valdostans losing interest in agriculture

As young Valdostans’ interest in agriculture and farming decreases, economic issues within the food industry increase. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association website archives show low member numbers for new applicants. For the past couple years, the NCBA has tried to boost its membership numbers. The association hopes to gain more members to expand its numbers and encourages members to recruit ...

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Art Walk going down in Downtown Valdosta

Throughout the year, the City Center Art District brings Valdosta’s community together through the Downtown Valdosta Art Walk. The Art Walk draws attention to the Art District by promoting an art-centered community and increasing exposure and revenue for local businesses. While the kickoff for this year was initially scheduled for March 15, inclement weather moved the date to March 22. ...

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VSU Bringing the Heat to Wild Adventures with New Ride

The VSU and Wild Adventures co-branding has gone so well that the park decided to introduce a VSU-themed ride among its other attractions. Wild Adventures welcomed students and guests to the ride’s ribbon-burning ceremony on April 26. Previously known as “The Firecracker,” the double-action space tower ride has been renamed the “Blazer Blast Off” in homage to VSU’s football team. ...

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People Poll: What’s Your Favorite Restaurant?

Briasia Young, a freshman nursing major “My favorite place [to eat] is Cook Out because it’s cheap and it has a variety of food. You’ll spend $5, and you can get stuff like burgers, fries and a shake.” Cook Out is located at 990 N St Augustine Rd.   Tierra Lewis, a senior early childhood education major “I love [to ...

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VSU Hosts Fresh Check Day

It isn’t always what it seems. In fact, it usually doesn’t seem like anything at all. Mental illness is often a hidden battle that many lose. So, it’s important students stay aware and know their resources to keep mental illness in VSU’s Fresh Check Day, held on March 28, enticed students to check on their mental health. Hosted by the ...

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Brave Space Tackles Sexual Assault on College Campuses

#MeToo, a simple hashtag used to create awareness about sexual assault, spawned into a global movement. With the high-profile takedowns associated with it, the climate to have an honest dialogue about the culture of sexual assault is now more open than ever. This was the reason why Sandra Y. G. Jones, VSU Student Diversity and Inclusion director, made sexual assault ...

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For the Culture: Come to the VSU Carnival

Just because Spring Break is over, it doesn’t mean that the party must stop. VSU is unveiling a new annual event that calls for celebrating: the VSU Carnival. The festivities are set to take place on April 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is the brainchild of the Caribbean Student Association, which wanted to find a way ...

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People Poll: Do you use VSB to schedule classes?

The Visual Schedule Builder is a new program that allows students to set up their academic schedule based on the classes they need for the semester. Academic advisor Elaina Walker said that this kind of program should have been around when she was a student. “For me personally, I’ve always been a visual learner, so having a scheduler right in ...

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