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Discussions of Citation Increase During Faculty Senate Meeting

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The Faculty Senate discussed several topics during a meeting held on April 21, including the issue of parking on campus. The parking issues did not pertain to lack of parking, but statistics show that more parking is available to students with permits. A graphic was shown that indicated that students are buying fewer parking permits in the last couple of ...

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Spectator wins ten awards in college newspaper contest

The Spectator staff holds printed copies of their awards

The Spectator staff won ten awards, including one first place award, at this year’s Georgia College Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. The staff won five group awards while four individual staff members brought in five more. The Spectator competes against 19 other Georgia colleges in the contest, including UGA, Georgia State, Emory and SCAD. This year, the Spectator brought home ...

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“Crisis in the Humanities”: What’s going to Happen to the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department?

Effective on July 1, the philosophy and religious studies department will no longer be its own separate department and will instead be merged in with the history department. As a result of the upcoming retirement of Dr. Fred Downing, the Department Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies, it has been decided that at the end of the summer semester, students ...

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People Poll: How Do You Feel About the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill, and Do You Think Georgia Will Adopt This Bill?

Jonathan Pelham, sophomore psychology major “I disapprove because it takes away the origins of life. I don’t think Georgia will get this bill because we’re too southern.” Jillian Blevins, sophomore communication disorders major “It’s absolutely disgusting children should be able to learn as much as they can in school—especially in public school. It’s definitely a possibility with the political state ...

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Former VSU employee files lawsuit against the Board of Regents

The Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia is being sued by a former VSU employee, who is alleging a VSU administrator sexually harassed her and tampered with her employment status. Jamie T. Bird, who served as VSU’s dual enrollment director until her dismissal on Nov. 16, 2020, made a series of allegations against Dr. Rodney Carr, vice ...

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A Look at the Historical Figures Behind Controversial Buildings on VSU’s Campus

Buildings on VSU's campus named after problematic historical figures

Ashley Cinemas Ashley Cinema, established in 1979, was named after the Ashley Street, also named after William Ashley, who was a physician and slaveholder. This was not the first to request this name change. Citizens of Valdosta have proposed changing the name because of Ashley’s position as an enslaver of at least 17 African Americans during his lifetime. There is ...

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Board of Regents Ignores Recommendations to Change Problematic VSU Building Names

Buildings on VSU's campus named after problematic historical figures

The USG Board of Regents decided against renaming more than 70 building across the university system last semester that are named after those who partook in slavery, oppression, anti-Semitism and supremacy. Five of these buildings are located on VSU’s campus, including residence halls. They are Ashley Cinema, Brown Hall, Langdale Hall, Lowndes Hall and Patterson Hall. The buildings are named ...

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The BA.2 Omicron Variant

A new variant of the infamous COVID-19 Omicron strand, now accounting for the resurgence of COVID, has begun to spread and is now named The Stealth variant. This strain now makes up 12% to 20 % of the diagnosed cases, and it has doubled in the last few weeks from a minor contributor to being one of the most dominant ...

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Gas Prices Are Rising: Blame it on the Pandemic

Gas prices at Murphy Express on Inner Perimeter set at $4.19

Gas prices in Valdosta, Georgia have been increasing as a result of the fluctuating supply and demand for oil since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with the addition of the effects of Russia’s War on Ukraine. Valdosta locals and VSU students have all been paying the price to drive. However, gas is not the only resource that has been ...

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Ukraine and Russia: An Ongoing Crisis

On Feb. 24, Russia has officially invaded Ukraine, causing a major crisis in Ukraine. A week later, many citizens are still trying to escape from the attacks, leaving with only what they can carry and a hope that they can get out safely. However, there are many events leading up to Russia’s invasion. Ukraine has a rich and complex history, ...

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