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Faculty struck by IT Budget Cuts

 Midway through the 2011 fiscal year, VSU’s Information Technology infrastructure will likely undergo a 35 percent budget cut, facing a decrease from $400,000 to $260,000. The cuts will not affect maintenance and upgrades to computers in labs and computer classrooms; upkeep of student-used computers are covered by the Student Technology fee. Also, the budget cuts will not affect the IT ...

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Spectator staff wins big

 The Spectator received three awards last Friday and Saturday at the Georgia College Press Association Institute Conference in Athens, Ga. The newspaper received first place for “General Photography Excellence”, second for “General Advertising Excellence” and third for “Best Website”.  In addition to these honors, Editor-in-Chief, Amy Johstono, won first place in “Best News Article-Objective” for her “’Freedom Wall’ erected” article ...

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Regents exam no more

Valdosta State University will no longer require its students to pass the Regents Exam, beginning this fall. Earlier this semester, VSU obtained the approval of the Board of Regents to exempt the exam that has, over the years, caused students so much stress. After the final exams this spring, students will only be required to pass English 1102 instead of ...

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6 percent tuition increase possible for fall 2011

A six percent tuition increase will take effect fall 2011, President Dr. Patrick Schloss said during the Planning and Budget Committee Jan. 29. The institutional fee that has been added to student fees for the past few years will be incorporated into tuition because this is the last year the fee can be used, Dr. Schloss said. The expected tuition ...

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Jennett hall open for classes

The days of squeezing past people in the aisles and bumping your knees on the backs of auditorium seats during large section classes are over. If you have a class in Jennett Hall, that is. As of Jan. 31, the new Jerry and Kay Jennett Lecture Hall is open. This new addition is attached to the James L. and Dorothy ...

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SGA discusses HOPE

SGA discussed the HOPE Scholarship, budget updates and proposals; nominated a president pro tempore and voted on the fall and spring break calendars Monday night at the Student Union. The upcoming Student Advisory Council meeting will be held at Atlanta Metro College on Feb. 4 & 5. The meeting will include all the SGA presidents in the University System of ...

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36 football recruits sign letter of intent

Feb. 2 is a day that all football fans from the passionate to the casual, circle on their calendars. It is a day where the high school star gets more hype than they will receiver ever again. It is a day where many college fans are rejoicing, while others are frustrated with a teenager spurning their respective school. It is ...

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BHM events gets positive feedback

VSU’s black history celebration continued Tuesday night in the Bailey Science Center auditorium where Black Student League, NAACP, NPHC, and other organizations gathered for a panel discussion, which was meant to enforce the true meaning of the cause: unity and leadership. The turnout, however, wasn’t as expected. The event, titled “Black in America: Leadership and Advocacy,” attracted only about 50 ...

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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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