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Inside look: VSU Japanese Club seeks to bridge gaps

Japan has long been steeped in vibrant culture and customs, but what Americans see of the Land of the Rising Sun is often not representative of its people and values. The Spectator sat down with senior Jacquelynn Trapani, president of the newly-founded Japanese Club, which celebrates Japanese culture on campus and abroad. What is the Japanese Club’s mission? Trapani: “Our ...

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VSU reveals its recycling efforts, the struggles that came

VSU makes it clear that it supports helping the environment through recycling. But is VSU’s carbon footprint as heavy as it seems? VSU provides students and staff an easy way to recycle by putting several recycling bins around campus. There are even designated bins for different recycling materials like paper, cans and plastic. But what happens to the recyclable goods ...

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Celebrating 47 years: Odum Library’s past, present and future

It rises from the palm trees like a colonial fortress, two-toned against the blue sky. Overlooking the clay-tiled roofs of every other building on campus, Odum Library guards over 550,000 bound volumes and is one of VSU’s largest buildings. Last week was National Library Week, and the stars aligned so that Odum Library also celebrated its 47th birthday on April ...

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VSU hosts Disney-themed Relay for Life

When faced with danger, most people run for their lives. These people run for others’ lives. VSU hosted Relay for Life, an annual fundraising event dedicated to raising money for the American Cancer Society, on April 12. Campus organizations like Black Student League, Gamma Sigma Sigma and the Blazer football team gathered on the front lawn to raise money for ...

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That’s the tea: Japanese club hosts tea ceremony

The VSU Japanese Club not only recently brought Japan to students but served some tea as well. The Japanese Tea Ceremony event, on April 10, demonstrated a traditional Japanese tea ceremony to teach students about Japanese Culture and to gain interest in the club. It was executed by members of Tallahassee’s Japanese community, whose goal is to promote Japanese culture ...

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Preview: VSU marketing class to present film festival

VSU will soon welcome another film festival onto its campus, putting the festival’s students at the helm once again. But this festival is a bit different than others. This time, there’s a theme: representing women on the silver screen. Born from the strategic planning class, or MKTG4900, a class with more than 20 students, Shades of Representation is designed to ...

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VSU explores faculty salary increase via study

An ongoing study into the level of salaries earned by faculty members at VSU is nearing completion. Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia has overseen the study, which aims to help officials from state and local governments achieve their goals. The study was originated at the request of VSU’s administration. Presented in a VSU Senate Faculty ...

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The next step for VSU: West hall gets an update, more on the way

VSU continued its trend of “out with the old, in with the new” after the two-semester-long renovation of West Hall’s first floor left wing, finalized during spring break. The new renovation, unveiled to the greater VSU public on March 25, saw an increase in size of the presidential and administrative suite, a glass door for semi-transparency and the loss of ...

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Blazers S.A.V.E. the environment

Environmental activism seemingly becomes more prevalent with each passing week, but one re-established student organization is helping S.A.V.E. the day. Students Against Violating the Environment hopes to inspire students to be more environmentally conscious. Mercedes Myles, the organization’s president, said the group wants to set the example with the students, for the students, through its environmental protection efforts. Despite a ...

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