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TO BE A PRISONER OF WAR

by Shane Thomas   The VSU ROTC began holding a vigil in the outdoor classroom near West Hall on Wednesday to commemorate prisoners of war. The event was sponsored by Arnold Air Society, an honorary subgroup of the Blazer Corps of Cadets, to raise awareness for POWs and those missing in action. In the exhibit, an armed cadet stood guard ...

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Fall enrollment down, organizations feel impact

by Hillary Straba   A report released by VSU says that this year’s fall enrollment is set at 11,820 students. This represents a 4.9 percent decrease from last year. The decrease is seen in both undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as in majors across the board. However, this decline in student enrollment has not negatively impacted the organizational leadership ...

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VSU battle against flu season begins

by Allison Ericson   Students can receive their flu vaccine at the Student Health Center this month for a small fee of $10 by Flex, cash or check. “Students also have the option to pay for the flu vaccine with your credit card or debit card through our online immunization store,” said Lynette A. Lewis, Administrator/Asst. Director for Administration Auxiliary ...

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SGA: Faculty Senate rexamines fall semester break, exam schedule

by Joe Adgie   How about having both a fall break and a full week for Thanksgiving break? Faculty Senate vice president and president-elect, Aubrey Fowler, proposed such a schedule change during Monday’s SGA meeting. The proposal suggested starting fall semester three days earlier, allowing for a return of Fall Break, a full week off at Thanksgiving. These changes also ...

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U.S. Rep: ‘We can’t police the whole world’

by Joe Adgie   On Monday, Washington came to Valdosta. Congressman Austin Scott, who represents Georgia’s 8th district, which includes Valdosta, came to VSU to speak to the community at a meet and greet. Scott spoke to a packed Ballroom A about what was going on in Washington, the differences between Congress and the Georgia general assembly and his stance ...

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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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Campus celebrates 50 years of integration

by Shane Thomas and Von Kennedy Photos by Rebecka McAleer and Von Kennedy   50 Years of Integration: A Celebration of Inclusion from VSUspectator   VSU celebrated 50 years of integration with the Heritage Community Cookout and “A Look 50 Years Back and 50 Years Forward Kickoff Reception” on Wednesday. Robert Pierce and Drewnell Thomas, the first African-American male and ...

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Student organization presidents meet at roundtable

by Alexis Waters   Student organization rules have been a popular topic on campus for the past week. Just in time to address concerns, the first Presidents’ Roundtable meeting was held yesterday at 6 p.m. “I’m here to make sure you have tools to be successful,” Kirk Johnson, graduate assistant of student organizations, said. The room started with five presidents ...

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Fall enrollment down five-percent

by Brian Hickey, Jr.   This fall, campus may seem less crowded than usual, but enrollment administrators are trying to appeal to potential students and increase the amount of students on campus. VSU is a Division II university that educates roughly 12,000 students as of 2012, a large number for such a small institution located in South Georgia. Students travel ...

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Student Life plans to enforce GPA policy

by Jennifer Gleason   Last week, campus buzzed with rumors that student organization members would be required to have a 2.5 GPA to be involved. “That is, as many things in life are, just a rumor,” said Erin Sylvester, Greek Life assistant director for organizational development. The truth: Student Life is finally enforcing a policy in which members are required ...

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