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VSUPD Crime Blotter: Rumors and Suspicious Activity

Yik Yak users create sexual rumors on VSU campus  On April 3, 2024, at approximately 10:25 p.m., Officer Kent James with the Valdosta State University Police Department responded to the Hopper Hall front lobby in reference to harassment.   Upon arrival, he contacted the anonymous female student who stated that a group of unknown individuals spread damaging information concerning her through ...

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VSUPD Crime Blotter: Collisions and Collapses

Collision in Hopper Circle On Monday, March 25, at 9:49 a.m., Officer Kenny McDonald with the Valdosta Police Department responded to a private property collision in Hopper Circle, where later both drivers decided to handle the incident themselves. A white Ford Fusion driven by Akasha Williams hit an orange Honda Pilot owned by Leslie J. Slaughter. Officer McDonald reported no ...

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VPD creates summer program for area young people

The Valdosta Police Department (VPD) has announced a new youth program. Stand Against Youth Violence Education (S.A.Y.V.E) is aimed to inform 13-16-year-olds of the reality of common problems. According to the VPD press release, it will combat issues such as, “Bullying, gang activity, substance abuse, firearms safety, and the importance of mentorship.” The program will be a week long from ...

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SGA and campus police team up for student event

VSU’s Student Government Association (SGA) held a combined event with the campus police department and offered free coffee to students to build a stronger unity between students and the police. The event took place at Converse Square on March 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event was open to all passing students and had a consistent flow of ...

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The Spectator takes home gold once again at Georgia College Press Association awards conference

On Feb.23, The Spectator won seven awards applauding their hard work and performance during the Georgia College Press Association Awards.  Once again, The Spectator made their way down to Athens, Georgia, onto the University of Georgia’s campus to prepare for the big day.  Every year, multiple colleges in Georgia compete against one another for prestigious awards such as Best Review, ...

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VSU MLIS Program potentially saved with new substitute bill

Georgia Sen. Larry Walker proposed a substitute to Senate Bill 390 to protect VSU’s Master of Library Science program.   Walker first presented Senate Bill 390 to completely disaffiliate from the American Library Association (ALA) to the Georgia Senate Committee on Feb. 7. He showed concerns of what this could mean for VSU, which is the only university in Georgia ...

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Red Alert! VSU free speech in danger

VSU has earned a “red light” rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, the worst rating we have ever received. Here’s what it means for the university community.  The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, or FIRE, is a national organization dedicated to the preservation of free speech. They have helped college campuses in particular since their inception ...

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In Remembrance of Spc. Kennedy Sanders: A South Georgia Hero

Spc. Kennedy Landon Sanders’ loved ones are devastated as she and two other U.S. Army Reserve soldiers are put to rest after a Jordan drone attack occurred on January 28. The ambitious 24-year-old Sanders was not only a respected soldier following a line of veterans from her family but she was also a loving daughter, sister and friend. Previous VSU ...

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VSUPD explains the $100,000 safety protocol change

VSUPD has found a better way to get a bang for their buck with the new Blazer Guardian app that replaces and serves the same purpose as the original call boxes located around campus to assist with student safety. Chief of Police, Officer Alan Rowe says the decisions in removing the call boxes started in 2016 due to most of ...

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