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Students host annual MLK Day March and Candlelight Vigil

Written by Juston Lewis, Staff Writer The annual MLK March and Candlelight Vigil provided students with the opportunity to reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event was hosted by the Mu Omicron chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Valdosta State’s NAACP organization. King had involvement in both organizations, as a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha ...

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Student killed in ATV accident: The VSU accounting major died on Jan. 9

Written by Jyrell Wynn, Corresondent On Jan. 9, Valdosta State alumni Patrick Stewart McKinley passed away due to complications from an ATV accident at Dodge County Hospital in Eastman, Georgia. Patrick was a junior accounting major. As a Valdosta native, McKinley went to Open Bible Christian School until the 11th grade, but graduated from Valdosta High School in 2011. While ...

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Still Wanted: Support group for wanted protestor plans to raise thousands of dollars

Written by Cole Edwards, Multimedia Editor Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress expressed his annoyance Monday over a group of supporters claiming that his police department is treating Eric Sheppard wrongly, just as Sheppard’s family has hired a lawyer who is calling on the community to support what they are referring to as a “protestor’s activism.” Sheppard created a national media firestorm ...

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Students respond to former Blazer’s concert

Written by: Lia Armistead, Asst. Sports Editor Kip Moore, former Blazer golfer, “came home” to the PE Complex on April 11. However, it was not as successful as the athletic department had hoped. The attendance was so low that Kip Moore invited the audience down to the floor, according to sophomore Hannah Peyton. “I don’t think that it was advertised very well,” ...

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Protestor being sought by police; parents issue plea

Written by: Kenzie Kesselring, Asst. Opinions Editor “This is positive. People are asking now. I’m actually trying to educate everybody,” VSU student Eric Sheppard said while explaining his method of protest to a fellow VSU student. Sheppard is, as of Wednesday night, the subject of an intense local manhunt after a gun was found on campus and allegedly linked to ...

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Like a good neighbor VSU is here

by LaMarcus Wilkerson In an attempt to counteract decreasing student enrollment, VSU is now offering in-state tuition to three border states. On March 30, the Board of Regents agreed to allow VSU to offer in-state tuition fees for Florida, Alabama and South Carolina residents. This policy will go into effect at the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year. “(The goal ...

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Beloved mass media teacher dies

by Jyrell Wynn Dr. Laurence Etling, an associate professor of Mass Media at VSU since 1999, died this week. Dr. Etling taught a number of classes in the College of the Arts, including radio and television announcing and audio production. Late Wednesday night, many of Dr.Etling’s students expressed sadness as they remembered him fondly. “Dr. Etling was a humble, kind ...

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West facelift continues

 by Jyrell Wynn The West Hall renovations that began in Spring 2014 are still in full swing this semester, and the total cost of these renovations is a whopping $2.5 million. In 1985, the layout for West Hall renovations contained an air conditioning plan that was not prepared for the amount of heat from electronics. “The air conditioner was 30 ...

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Creative Coffee: Organizations go head-to-head in Starbucks Sweepstakes competition

By: Zenobia Harris The “Buck the Menu” Starbucks Sweepstakes competition has come a sweet close. The Collegiate Men of VSU was declared the winner earlier this week for the competition, which started Dec. 3 by SGA member, Taylor Ratcliff. The competition was sponsored by the SGA and V- State Dining. During the first round of the competition, student organizations could ...

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