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2011-01-27

Water woes hit campus

   Following the concerns for safe water consumption after a technical failure at Valdosta’s water treatment facility, fears have now been alleviated as the city’s water has been proven safe for public use.   On Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m., the Georgia Environmental Protection Division issued a lift of the advisory for all Valdosta residents to boil their water before consumption. ...

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SpringbreakHQ ad causes controversy

 I’m disappointed and highly offended that the spectator would “sell-out” to such gimmicks as your springbreakHQ.com ad in the newspaper.  For one, the ad promotes the drinking and sexual immorality that has lead to the desensitization of our nation. It is personally offensive to me as a woman, to see that our UNIVERSITY newspaper is promoting the sexual idolization of ...

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Bill has pros and cons

 When you are in college, having a child should be the last thing on your mind. This should be a time for learning and having fun, not having a family.   However, unprotected sex and unwanted pregnancies do occur, and panicked women turn to abortion.  I do wonder if abortion was no longer an option, how many people would still have ...

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Gunter prepares for budget cuts

Dr. Phil Gunter, VSU’s new provost and vice president for academic affairs (VPAA), will face a number of challenges in his new position, include impending budget cuts, the retention rate of transfer students, and the openings of the school’s newest buildings, the Jerry and Kay Jennett Lecture Hall, and the Psychology and Counseling Building. Gunter, who has served as the ...

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NAACP, BSL, NPHC kick-off Black

The VSU NAACP, Black Student League, and National Pan-Hellenic Council will work together to kick off Black History month with a week full of events and activities dedicated to the celebration of black history starting Jan. 31. These events are targeted toward advocating leadership, culture, and unity. “It’s something they haven’t seen before,” said Kameron Farrow, junior biology major, and ...

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Lift ban on Sunday alcohol sales

 A new bill presented by the Georgia Senate may mean that the trips to Florida on Sundays simply to buy alcohol may be over, and it’s about time. Senate Bill 10 will allow counties and cities to make individual decisions about whether or not to allow beer, wine, and liquor sales on Sunday.  Legislators have been trying to pass similar ...

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Professors house in housing

 Imagine yourself walking down to the showers in your residence hall in the early hours of the morning. As you turn the corner to enter the bathroom, you notice that the 1010 biology professor sweeps past you with drenched hair and a scent of Irish Spring lingering behind them.   That same afternoon, you notice your calculus professor sitting at Palms ...

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Senate bill would ok Sunday

A bill introduced this week in the Georgia Senate would give Georgia cities and counties the authority to allow liquor, beer and wine sales on Sundays. There were mixed reactions to the bill in the VSU community. Supporters of Sunday liquor sales feel the bill has a good chance of passing the Georgia legislature now that Gov. Nathan Deal has ...

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Blazers lose Cauthen to MTSU

With national signing day rapidly approaching, VSU is set to finish the recruiting process without one of their key weapons, defensive coordinator Joe Cauthen. Cauthen has been hired as the linebackers’ coach and Special Teams Coordinator at Middle Tennessee State University, a division I program that competes in the Sun Belt Conference. Cauthen will join the MTSU staff along with ...

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Girls on Wheels: Roller derby picks up speed

Almost overnight, Melissa “Jinx LaRue” Johnson has turned roller derby from an afterthought in the Valdosta community to a fully functioning sports team with a practice facility for girls to come and compete. Johnson—founder, owner and team captain of Valdosta Venom, LLC— and her team are skating through Valdosta attempting to bring notoriety and publicity to roller derby. Roller derby ...

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