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Up ’til Dawn supports children’s hospital

Written by: Cole Edwards Fundraising and giving back to those in need continues to be a main focus for many students at VSU. Up ‘til Dawn, a nationwide program of more than 180 colleges, helps to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The VSU chapter of the organization was started in the fall of 2010 by ...

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Weapons don’t discriminate

Written by: Will Lewis   What were you doing Tuesday evening, Aug. 20? Across Valdosta and on campus many people were settling down for dinner. As some students scooped their evening meal onto a plate in Palms Dining Hall, more than 426 children shook and then died. Damascus, a city immortalized by the biblical story of a Pharisee named Saul, ...

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Willie Downs is ‘blessed’ for a new oppourtunity

Written by Eric Jackson  After previously playing football for two junior colleges, the misunderstood standout thinks it’s safe to call Valdosta his final stop. The Blazers’ newly acquired wide receiver considers himself blessed to be granted another opportunity. “I’m trying to make this a home run,” Downs said. “That’s what I’m coming in for, to make this the best out ...

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Second autopsy reveals foul play in Johnson case

by John Preer   Last January, teen Kendrick Johnson was found dead in a gym mat at Lowndes High School. The initial autopsy report ruled the teen’s death an accident as a result of positional asphyxiation. The report also stated that there were no indications of foul play. On June 15, the Johnson family received a judge’s permission to exhume ...

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First play to ‘see the light’

Written by Jordan Barela   The VSU Theatre and Dance group will kick off the school year with their production of “Lonely, I’m Not” today at 7:30 p.m. “Lonely, I’m Not” is a dark comedy written by Paul Weitz, also known for being the director of “American Pie.” The play, which premiered in May 2012, is Weitz’s most recent off-Broadway ...

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Blazers defend national title in Macon Saturday

Written by Chris Kessler   VSU’s quest for a consecutive National Championship starts Saturday at Fort Valley State in the “Macon Heritage Classic.” Despite a decisive 62-14 victory over the Wildcats a year ago, VSU is not taking its season opener lightly. “We’re in a situation that we can’t take anyone lightly, and we’re going to get everyone’s best and ...

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Volleyball team sets to prepare for season opener

by Neil Frawley   After countless hours of practice, the VSU volleyball team is just about ready for its season-opening West Georgia Invitational in Carrollton, Ga. this weekend. Seven teams will be on display at the tournament, and three represent the Gulf South Coast Conference, including host team West Georgia, West Alabama and VSU. The two-day tournament will have the ...

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Ladies soccer team ready to kick off season

by Alex Tostado   This weekend, the VSU women’s soccer team welcomes Florida Southern and Florida Tech in hopes of winning the two games. “We have to be really competitive on the ball and off of the ball,” VSU Head Soccer Coach Mel Heinz said. Coach Heinz also said that increasing scoring from last season has been one of the ...

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Phasing out Facebook

Written by: Jordan Barela  Social media is constantly changing. Like the technology in our phones, laptops and tablets, the social media that is intertwined advances when the technology upgrades. Social media is so integral to everyday life that, now, everybody and their mother has a Facebook profile—literally. Even though Facebook has been at top of the social media ladder since its ...

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