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Guns for Hire: punk with a ‘twang’

Two VSU students have aimed to make a name for themselves with their band “Guns for Hire.” The band consists of four members. Lead singer Cody Gibson, a junior mass media major, plays guitar and writes some of the band’s songs along with Hunter Gregg, a sophomore biology major. Johnathon Miller is the lead guitarist, and Luke Morgan plays as ...

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New House bill could help alleviate student loan debt

H.R. 4170 is a bill that, if passed, will forgive student loan debt for millions of hardworking Americans through a 10/10 program.  Representative Hansen Clarke of Michigan introduced H.R. 4170, the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012, in the House of Representatives on March 8.  “This bill provides that if a student loan borrower makes payments equal to 10-percent of ...

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Hungry students learn about ill-fed community

On Wednesday night the Hunger Awareness Dinner was held to shed light on the issue of hunger and food waste around the community.  Speakers from various organizations such as: LAMP, Student Action Council, Haven, Peanut Butter and Jesus, Blazer Pantry and Hungry at Home were present to speak against the negative issue of hunger.  The event began as tables were ...

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Gas prices hurt VSU wallets

 As world leaders struggle to understanding rising gas prices, the VSU student population is heavily impacted by costs.   The rollercoaster ride associated with gas prices began its ascendancy prior to April of 2009.  At the onset, the price per gallon was close to $2 per gallon.  However, a peak of $4 per gallon, on average nationally, hit the pumps two ...

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Faculty honored at Rose Awards

 On Wednesday, the ladies of Sigma Alpha Iota hosted their very first Rose Awards event to honor the music department.   “In the past we’ve done faculty appreciation and our whole purpose is to further the advancement of music. It’s a good way to honor faculty,” President of Sigma Alpha Iota, Mary Sheeley, said.  The event was a celebration of ...

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Slut Walk seeks to change norms

 VSU has chosen to participate with the Slut Walk Valdosta today on the Palms Quad beginning at 5 p.m. for Sexual Assault Awareness month  The Slut Walk will proceed around the campus, and end at the starting point where there will be tables set up with information.  There will be speakers present at the event from the police department and ...

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Odum Library lends books digitally to e-reader users

 Despite increased availability of electronic reading applications and devices, library circulation numbers are still on the rise at Odum Library. � When asked how many books have been checked out this year compared to previous years, Interim Librarian Dr. Alan Bernstein said, “As many as ever.”  “I know it bucks the system right now for most academic institutions but the ...

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Interim president bids farewell

 VSU will say goodbye to Dr. Louis Levy, interim president, as it will welcome a new president soon.   “I’ll miss it,” Dr. Levy said, referring to his position. “I’ll miss the people, but I’m very pleased with the new leadership.”  Dr. Levy has been interim president since last July.  He felt honored when he was asked to temporarily fill ...

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New SGA executives take office

 For the most part, it was a good day to be a part of the United Leaders ticket, scoring three of the four executive seats up for grabs in this year’s SGA elections.   Sophomore Ryan Baerwalde beat out junior Junior Jackson in the race for president, scoring 65.2-percent of the vote.  Understandably, Baerwalde was thrilled about winning the seat. ...

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Q&A with Future VSU President Bill McKinney

The Board of Regents has recently named Dr. William J. McKinney as the next president of Valdosta State University. Dr. McKinney is currently the vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and has held the position since 2008. Dr. McKinney will start his position at VSU this July. The Spectator’s own editor-in-chief Amber Smith very recently had the oppurtunity ...

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