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Community to host MLK Day events

VSU will hold its Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration celebration tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the UC Magnolia Room. The keynote speaker for the event will be Bakari T. Sellers of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Some may argue that since the civil rights era has long been over, younger members of the community might fail to see the ...

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Flu virus reaches epidemic in Ga.

Influenza, a virus better known as the flu, has reached epidemic status in Ga. and VSU is doing what it can to help keep students from getting infected with the virus.   VSU students are able to go to the Student Health Center to receive a flu vaccination by appointment. The cost of the vaccination is $10 for students and ...

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Arrest made in Benjamin homicide case

New developments have surfaced in the homicide case involving the possible murder of 17-year-old freshman Jasmine Benjamin on November 17. The GBI has announced that Darien Meheux, 18, had been arrested in connection with the case. According to a press release from the GBI on Friday, Meheux was arrested at approximately 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the Schley County Sheriff’s Office in ...

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Benjamin investigation continues

   The investigation continues into the death of Jasmine Benjamin as authorities attempt to determine whether her death is a homicide. The 17-year-old nursing major was found dead in Georgia Hall Nov. 18 in the fifth floor study room. “The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the VPD are still following up and interviewing people individually and collecting evidence to be ...

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Housing updates security

Life is beginning to move on in Georgia Hall. Students who live in the residence hall, the one where Jasmine Benjamin lived, have reported sadness and a different atmosphere around the hall, but the only differences have been added security. “At first it was a little eerie, you know, people are thinking about it,” Alyssa Stringer, a freshman early childhood/special ...

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SGA discusses parking for commuters, residents

Commuters will get around 200 more parking slots in the Oak Street Lot. That proposal was brought out by Ryan Baerwalde, SGA President, during Monday night’s SGA meeting, the last of the semester. The new slots will come at the expense of residents, who will have their parking area in that lot slashed in half. “I think we’ve all seen ...

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Students believe Odum has a computer shortage

Although the Odum Library at VSU provides more than 200 computers to students, staff and faculty, some students think VSU needs more to satisfy the growing population.   The Galileo lab, located on the second floor near the printers and reference desk, is the most frequently used. Despite its 120 computers, several students complain of the inadequate amount of workstations. ...

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Vigil planned in Benjamin’s memory

It is with great sadness that Valdosta State says good-bye to fellow Blazer Jasmine Benjamin. A candlelight vigil ceremony for Jasmine will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday on the steps of Georgia Hall. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple–Jasmine’s favorite color. Any questions, concerns, or suggestions in regards to the planning of the vigil can be directed to William ...

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The ‘freshman fifteen’: Fact or fiction?

A number of students have complained about not being informed about what is in the foods they are eating in Palms and Hopper Dining. Some students are finding it hard to make healthy choices under non informed circumstances. “At Valdosta State University I’ve gained five pounds in two months,” Peter Akiti, a VSU freshman, said. “I do find it hard ...

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Student found dead in Georgia Hall

VSUPD responded to a call of an unresponsive student in Georgia Hall on Sunday. The student, later identified as 17-year-old Jasmine Benjamin, was declared dead by the Lowndes County Coroner. This case is currently under investigation. Anyone with information about this case should contact VSUPD at 229-333-7816.

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