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E-cigs, innovative or recreating the past?

Pro Written by: David Lacy   Just when you thought cigarettes were soon to be a thing of the past, companies are now introducing the cigarette of the future. The electronic cigarette is a newly popular type of cigarette that may not only help change the way smokers quit but could also replace their nicotine patches. Here is the catch: ...

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America cannot let violence prevail

Written by: Khiry Clements   While many people were just starting off what they thought was going to be a normal day at work, a madman by the name of Aaron Alexis had other things in mind. A tragedy occurred in Washington, D.C. on Monday around noon when two gunmen opened fire at a navy yard, killing 13 people including the ...

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Maylisa Johnson fights off injuries for final season

by: Shane Thomas   The words ‘torn ACL’ are perhaps the most feared words in sports. For Valdosta State Lady Blazers guard-forward Maylisa Johnson, those words have been a little too familiar. Johnson missed all of the 2012-13 season after undergoing a second ACL surgery on her left knee and finds herself working to get back into game shape for ...

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VSU plans search for new position, Chief of Staff

by Jessica Cooke   VSU will soon begin searching for a qualified candidate to fill the new position of Chief of Staff. The chief of staff will advise and assist President William McKinney on internal and external matters. The role of presidency has required presidents of universities to become more involved with respect to board, government and corporate relations. With ...

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Blazer volleyball opens conference play this weekend

 by: Neil Frawley Valdosta State volleyball team enters Gulf South Conference play with a pair of matches against Alabama Huntsville and North Alabama on Friday and Saturday. Despite going up against two teams with losing records, this weekend presents a great opportunity for VSU to improve upon its weaknesses as they play towards their goal of winning the GSC volleyball ...

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New Associate Dean of Students named

by Isaiah Smart   Another void is filled for VSU as it hires a new administrator. Nicole Turley was named the new Associate Dean of Students less than two weeks ago and will serve alongside Russell Mast, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. The position involves working with the vice president for student affairs and the dean ...

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No.1 VSU football team to host Shorter Saturday

by: Chris Kessler No. 1 Valdosta State (1-0) plays their home opener against Gulf South Conference rival Shorter (0-2) this Saturday at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.� “It’s weird; it does seem like a long time since we’ve had a home game. But we’re excited to have an opportunity to play at home and get the atmosphere of a home game,” said Coach ...

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SGA makes a deal

by Joe Adgie   The SGA traded off help for a $450 fee on Monday night. This $450 fee was directed to the Film and Video society for the screening of “Land of Higher Peace”, a Q&A with filmmaker Mark Ezra Stokes, and the rights for VSU students to screen the film whenever they want. For the $450 aid, the ...

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VSU student struck by semi, dies on I-75

by Will Lewis   VSU lost a member of its student body early Tuesday morning. Marcus Holmes, 19, sophomore, was killed when he was struck by a UPS semi-truck on I-75. Police say the accident occurred around 1 a.m. when Holmes stepped into traffic just north of the mile 19 marker on the normally bustling interstate. “The driver of the ...

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VSU women’s soccer team out of top 25

by: Alex Tostado Valdosta State women’s soccer (3-0-1) hits the road for the first time this season as they make stops at Gulf South Conference opponents Delta State (1-3) on Friday afternoon and Christian Brothers (3-0-1) on Sunday afternoon. VSU is 1-0-1 this season in the GSC after a double overtime tie with Union and a 3-0 win over Alabama ...

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