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Water woes hit campus

   Following the concerns for safe water consumption after a technical failure at Valdosta’s water treatment facility, fears have now been alleviated as the city’s water has been proven safe for public use.   On Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m., the Georgia Environmental Protection Division issued a lift of the advisory for all Valdosta residents to boil their water before consumption. ...

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Gunter prepares for budget cuts

Dr. Phil Gunter, VSU’s new provost and vice president for academic affairs (VPAA), will face a number of challenges in his new position, include impending budget cuts, the retention rate of transfer students, and the openings of the school’s newest buildings, the Jerry and Kay Jennett Lecture Hall, and the Psychology and Counseling Building. Gunter, who has served as the ...

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NAACP, BSL, NPHC kick-off Black

The VSU NAACP, Black Student League, and National Pan-Hellenic Council will work together to kick off Black History month with a week full of events and activities dedicated to the celebration of black history starting Jan. 31. These events are targeted toward advocating leadership, culture, and unity. “It’s something they haven’t seen before,” said Kameron Farrow, junior biology major, and ...

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Senate bill would ok Sunday

A bill introduced this week in the Georgia Senate would give Georgia cities and counties the authority to allow liquor, beer and wine sales on Sundays. There were mixed reactions to the bill in the VSU community. Supporters of Sunday liquor sales feel the bill has a good chance of passing the Georgia legislature now that Gov. Nathan Deal has ...

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New editors join Spectator staff

With the start of a new semester, the Spectator is proud to welcome new editors to it’s extensive editorial staff. Desiree Thompson, 21, will take over the Managing Editor position, effective Thursday, Jan. 27. She replaces Ed Hooper, who stepped down from the position after being named the radio voice of VSU Baseball for this upcoming season. “I am so ...

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Students bookless during first week of classes

 When senior psychology major, David Kouril, sought out his textbooks on the second day of classes, he was met with several empty shelves as he browsed the aisles of the Valdosta State bookstore in the Student Union.  Other students encountered the same problem as they searched for their required texts during the first week of the 2011 spring semester.    ...

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Budget cuts may lead to higher tuition

 Students will likely be digging deeper into their pockets to pay tuition starting next fall because of more budget cuts.    Along with the higher tuition, the eligibility guidelines for the HOPE scholarship will also be stricter for the next school year. Governor Nathan Deal opened the current session of the General Assembly with a State of the State address. ...

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MLK celebration a success

  The dream was in effect at VSU last week when the week-long Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration got under way with lectures, discussions and ended with a concert by folk artist and political activist Peter Yarrow.   The celebration, sponsored by The Office of Social Equity, had in previous years been celebrated for a single day.   This year ...

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Former student found dead

   Carlton Quintez “Tez” Wimbish, a former VSU student who pursued a mechanical engineer major, died on Jan. 1.   Authorities believe it was suicide, but the case is still under investigation by the Valdosta Police Department, said Lt. Aaron Kirk of the VPD.  Wimbish was born in Atlanta, Ga. on Jan. 1, 1989.   He graduated from Stockbridge High School ...

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VSU student found after disappearance

 The Lambda Beta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho will be hosting a Postpartum Depression Awareness Benefit and Forum on Dec.6, after the recent events of SGRO member Tijuana Maria Vasquez.   Vasquez, a junior art education major, went missing for about 24 hours in Cairo, Ga.and was found in the woods close to her home Friday morning. Cairo Police Department ...

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