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Editorial: In-person commencement the right decision

Despite concerns about COVID-19, Valdosta State University is going ahead with a face-to-face commencement ceremony. “On Monday, Dec. 14, VSU will host multiple ceremonies at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium,” Valdosta State University President Richard Carvajal said in a video announcement. According to Dr. Carvajal, the stadium will allow for adequate social distancing and each graduate a designated number of tickets for guests. ...

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Hiking opportunities for VSU students

This fall, all sports at VSU were cancelled except for cross country and golf. Instead of participating in or spectating at team sporting events, students can get involved in hiking, since it only requires one person to do the activity. There are plenty of locations throughout Georgia where students can travel to hike. Some popular hiking locations—almost all are around ...

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Crunch Fitness set to open up first location in Valdosta

Crunch , a chain of over 300 fitness clubs, is opening a gym in Valdosta. The new gym will be open in mid-December. The gym will be located in the Valdosta Mall and is offering $0 enrollment and memberships as low as $9.95 a month for members who sign up before Oct. 31. Members may sign up online or stop ...

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Top quarterback recruit at VHS ruled ineligible to play by GHSA

Valdosta High School quarterback and the No. 18-ranked recruit in the 2021 ESPN 300, Jake Garcia, was officially ruled ineligible to play in the state of Georgia by the Georgia High School Association on Sept. 29. Garcia, a senior, transferred from Narbonne High School in California to play at VHS for his final season after it was announced that high ...

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Fall 2020 intramural sports schedule is live

Most fall sports have been canceled this semester, but students still have the opportunity to compete in intramural sports. “After realizing there is still a huge need for competition on our campus, our team of Graduate Assistants wanted to offer a face-to-face program that students could still come to participate in and enjoy, using our facilities safely, of course,” Matthew ...

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Former VSU hoopster now pro in Kazakhstan

Many students here at VSU probably couldn’t tell you where Kazakhstan is on the map, but one former Blazer, in particular, is in the beginning of his professional career there. Jeremiah Hill had an excellent career with the Valdosta State University Men’s Basketball team, winning several awards. Now, he finds himself thousands of miles away from home, signed to a ...

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Lady Blazers basketball team makes statement against injustice

On Thursday, Aug. 27, Head Coach Deandra Schirmer and her Lady Blazers basketball team released a video in honor of Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner and George Floyd—all African American people who were unarmed and killed by police. “This summer, our players and staff came together to discuss the racial and social issues ...

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How postponement of fall sports has affected athletic fitness

With most fall sports at Valdosta State being postponed until the spring, coaches and athletes alike are having to adjust their schedules to accommodate, as well as, make changes to their normal routines due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. While it is still unknown whether fall sports will be able to proceed in the spring, some coaches and players are ...

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Current COVID-19 Stats for Valdosta State University

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