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Fall 2013

VSU volleyball enters season with seven lucky newcomers

by Neil Frawley   With a new regime intact, the VSU volleyball team welcomes seven new players to its family. The seven newcomers include: Natalia Campos (Fr.), Taylor Holder (Fr.), Danyelle Drummond (Fr.), Marissa Woodworth (Fr.), Kelsey Hedman (So.), Jessica Codato (Jr.), and Jenna Kirkwood (Jr.), making it a total of four freshmen, one sophomore, and two juniors. Aside from ...

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Blazers Men’s Basketball Update

by Shane Thomas   Entering his ninth season as head coach for Valdosta State basketball, Mike Helfer once again will take a new-look Blazers team into this season. Though the Blazers will not tip off the 2013-14 campaign until mid-November, Helfer believes his team is coming together nicely in the off season. “We have three guys that played minutes last ...

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Blazers new o-line has big, ugly cleats to fill

by Chris Kessler   It’s always difficult to come into the season with five new starting offensive linemen. Last season’s offensive line broke numerous school records, had four players named first team Gulf South Conference, three players earning All-American status, and two players currently playing in the NFL. Not to mention, leading Valdosta State to a National Championship. It’s safe ...

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2013 Women’s Soccer GSC Preview

by Alex Tostado   Last season was a strong one all around for women’s soccer in the Gulf South Conference. The University of West Florida took home its fifth consecutive GSC tournament title as well as the NCAA Division II title by beating University of California San Diego. Valdosta State and University of North Alabama also made an appearance in ...

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Blazin’ Brigade ready to ‘rock’ the football field

by Cole Edwards   (Photos by Ritsuki Miyazaki)   All eyes may be on the Blazers at the start of the new football season, but the Blazin’ Brigade marching band is training to ensure that it is also ready for the upcoming football season. “We want to have the effect that it would be obvious if we were not (at ...

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Additive Noise: Playlist of the week

by Rebecka McAleer Hello my faithful readers! Like many of you, we at the Spectator were not really impressed with the Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke performance at the 2013 VMA’s. In retaliation (and to save the rest of our week), we have compiled a playlist of the music we remember seeing on TV as children and teens. Ladies and gentlemen, we ...

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Mixed media comes to Fine Arts Gallery

by Hillary Straba   (Photos by Ritsuki Miyazaki)   There’s an old saying, “those who cannot do, teach.” Clearly, whoever believes that notion has not been to the 2013 Faculty Art Exhibition. This mixed media exhibition features works from VSU art department faculty members and has everything from sculpture to animation. The exhibit will be available for viewers at no ...

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Five burning questions for VSU Football this season

Written by: Eric Jackson   1. How will the offensive line shake up?     Presumably the strongest offensive line in Blazer history is now gone and the vacancy draws doubt in this season’s success. VSU goes into the season with five unproven starters upfront. Preseason camp is solidifying who these five will be. Returning linemen Colin Glasco, Jesse Yancy, ...

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Blazer volleyball heating up for 2013 campaign

Written by: Neil Frawley   Big things are brewing for the Lady Blazer volleyball program. After 17 years away from coaching a Division II program, Blazers’ new head coach Mike Swan returns after coaching the Evansville Aces, a Division I program in the Missouri Valley Conference. “I am very excited to join the Valdosta State family and look forward to ...

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Transfer volleyball player challenges All-conference Lala for starting spot

Written by: Shane Thomas   Jessica Caraponale Codato arrives at Valdosta State from Division I Winthrop University in search of a home away from home. VSU represents a fresh start for the transfer, who already feels comfortable in her new surroundings. “Everybody is so nice,” Codato said smiling. “I feel really welcomed here. I talk to Coach Swan a lot ...

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