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Artists make dumpsters a little less trashy, a bit more classy

Written by Pam Agedah, Staff Writer For most of us, an enormous trash bin is not where we go to look for art.  But that is soon to change here in Valdosta. The City of Valdosta and Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts is inviting artists to participate in a project for the 2016 Georgia Cities Week. Every year ...

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SGA Elections: Time to make your voice heard!

Written by Jyrell Wynn, Correspondent As Blazers, it seems sometimes that students have little control over the situations that occur on campus. Students are simply just passengers as business continues as usual, but there is a silver lining as SGA Election Day approaches. On April 6, a debate was held in Jennett Hall where the candidates were able to state ...

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Q&A with 2016-2017 SGA Candidates

*EDITOR’S NOTE: This post will be updated after dealing with technical difficulties with audio interviews. Belinda Bell, The Grand Ticket, President  Belinda Bell, The Grand Ticket, President What made you want to run for SGA? I made the decision to run for this position because over the last year I have come to love this University and would be honored to ...

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Textbook Grant lowers cost of College Education

Written by Miles Brown, Staff Writer A group of VSU professors is aiding in the fight against the increasing price of textbooks. This year, 10 biology professors received Affordable Learning Georgia Textbook Transformation Grants. The grant enables students to pay less for textbooks. These teachers have been awarded ALG Textbook Transformation Award of 2016. The Biology faculty has been awarded ...

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Psychology student dies last Monday; leaves behind three children

Written by Julia Rodriquez Asst. Opinions Editor Amanda Gail Hayes Branch, 39, sophomore psychology major at Valdosta State University, passed away at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare on Monday, March 21. Branch was a resident of Doerun, GA., and was born on April 19, 1976 in Americus, GA.  Frankie Lambert Hayes of Leesburg, GA and the late Raymond Hayes, Sr. were her ...

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Washington on lockdown after shooting incident

Written by Kelsey Dickerson, Staff Writer The Capitol was on lockdown for nearly an hour Monday following what the DC Police Department dubbed an “isolated incident” via Twitter. According to CNN, the lockdown was the result of a Tennessee man, Larry Russell Dawson, pulling out a gun at the Capitol Visitors’ Center. The suspect was caught by metal detectors upon ...

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Rapper 2 Chainz to pull up to VSU with his ‘ceiling missing’

Written by Jada Dukes, Staff Writer Earlier this month, VSU president Dr. Cecil Staton released a statement via his Twitter announcing the arrival of Tauheed Epps, better known as Mr. 2Chainz (and four bracelets). Staton’s tweet stated that the College Park rapper would be touching down on VSU’s campus on April 15 2016.  Contrary to popular belief, this event is ...

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Former VSU President to be honored at fundraising gala

Written by John Preer, Correspondent Blazers that graduated between 2002 and 2008 may remember Dr. Ronald M. Zaccari as then, acting president of VSU. During Dr. Zaccari’s term and in the years that followed, the former president has been an active member in the Valdosta community. Now, Dr. Zaccari is returning to the VSU campus to be honored at a ...

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Student with cancer enjoys early graduation

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief While most students were getting ready to take in the beach sun or catch up on Netflix over spring break, one VSU student graduated early. Michael Cowger graduated cum laude with a double major in finance and economics on March 11. The reason for his early graduation: Li-Fraumeni syndrome, a rare type of cancer that ...

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Changes in store for mass media department

Written by Kenzie Kesselring, Opinions Editor In fall 2016, the Mass Media Department will roll out its new curriculum for students who have not yet completed their pre requisite courses. At a March 10 meeting, students were invited to attend a meeting where upcoming curriculum changes were discussed, and students were informed on how the changes would affect their education ...

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