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Fall 2023 Semester Underway at VSU

August has arrived and so has the fall semester at Valdosta State University. The scenic campus is once again teeming with life. Students have locked in their classes for the rest of the year and are settling into the hustle and bustle that comes with college. When asked how they feel about VSU, student’s responses varied. Some enjoy the diversity ...

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VSU releases statement following viral TikTok recording

On Tuesday, Aug. 22, a video depicting a conversation between an alleged VSU coach and player regarding the player’s hair began circulating on social media. The video, which was originally posted to TikTok, is a recording of a conversation between baseball player Asher Akridge and an unseen person identified as Head Baseball Coach Greg Guilliams. In the video, Akridge expresses ...

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Win Tickets to the Midtown Music Festival!

To kick off the 2023-24 school year, we are proud to announce one of the biggest giveaways in Spectator history. One lucky Spectator reader will win four tickets to Music Midtown, a three-day concert in Piedmont Park in Atlanta featuring some of the biggest names in music today. Musical acts scheduled to perform at Music Midtown include Pink, Billie Eilish, ...

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It’s Happening- The Happening returns to VSU

The Happening is back again this year, and the lineup of businesses has faces old and new. Here’s what students can expect this year.   The Happening is an on-campus information fair that hosts campus organizations, local businesses, local religious and civic groups, and nonprofits. Games, food, and giveaways will be provided, and guests are able to sign up for organizations.  ...

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Feature: The BoykinZ take on VSU

It’s all about family. At least, that’s what it’s like for singing sisters, The BoykinZ. Amassing almost half a million followers across social media, The BoykinZ – Kylan, 21; Anale, 20; Nytere, 19; and Alona, 16 – found popularity online after posting clips of their singing on TikTok. Known as “the Black girls of country TikTok,” The BoykinZ are taking ...

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VSU gains new housing director

VSU has a new housing and residence life director. Dr. Ricky Clark joined the university in January and plans to make several changes. Before Dr. Clark joined Blazer Nation, he worked for housing at Mercer University for 13 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Southern Mississippi, his master’s in college student personnel administration from ...

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The International Program reorganizes

As VSU continues to make a few alterations within some of the academic programs, the International Program seems to be next on the list. The International Program focuses on supporting international students, as well as exchange students, accepted into the program while also providing study abroad programs and opportunities for students native to VSU. International students usually come to VSU ...

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A glance into VSU’s interior design program and senior exhibition

Tucked into a hallway behind entrance ten of the University Center, students can find VSU’s interior design program, a lesser-known course of study yet one full of dedication. Emely Montes de Oca and Mackenzie Percy, both senior interior design majors, have been working alongside other seniors in the program to hold their first senior exhibition Size and Space. “Usually our ...

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Top 5 playlists to study to for finals

The stress of finals season can take a toll on student’s mental health. Here are some top 5 playlists that will help make the finals’ studying sessions a lot smoother. Playlist #1: Instrumentals For those who simply cannot focus with lyrics coming out of their earphones, try listening to some music that gives you a beautiful symphony, preferably from your ...

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CAB hosts Coffehouse and Creatives

On Tuesday, April 11, Campus Activity Board hosted their annual Coffeehouse and Creatives event. This event showcased art forms of all sorts, such as singing, poetry and guitar. The event was held in the Student Union behind Starbucks.  A coffee bar was set up just behind the check-in table, and students were able to customize their order of iced coffee ...

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