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VSU releases statement following viral TikTok recording

On Tuesday, Aug. 22, a video depicting a conversation between an alleged VSU coach and player regarding the player’s hair began circulating on social media. The video, which was originally posted to TikTok, is a recording of a conversation between baseball player Asher Akridge and an unseen person identified as Head Baseball Coach Greg Guilliams. In the video, Akridge expresses ...

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Odum Now Closed on Saturdays

Odum Library’s hours of operation have changed as Valdosta State University continues to face unemployment rates. Odum is now closed on Saturdays, but the staff still offers all the previous resources. Services Director at VSU, Laura Wright, found when Odum is used most frequently by focusing on traffic patterns. “Very few students use the library after 10 p.m. Saturday was ...

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VSU shuts down philosophy and religious studies major

A traditional college major is no longer available for VSU students. In the Faculty Senate meeting on April 20, Dr. Sharon Gravett announced the deactivation of the philosophy and religious studies major that occurred early March. While no additional students will be able to start this major, those who are already in the program will be able to complete their ...

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A glimpse into the future of SGA

A new SGA team has been elected to serve for the upcoming school year. Students elected President William Burnett, Vice President Nevaeh Wallace, Secretary Jermaine Thomas and Treasurer Makayla Horner to serve as the executive team for the 2023-2024 academic year. Burnett, a music education major who will be entering his junior year, is excited to take the role of ...

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VSU gains new housing director

VSU has a new housing and residence life director. Dr. Ricky Clark joined the university in January and plans to make several changes. Before Dr. Clark joined Blazer Nation, he worked for housing at Mercer University for 13 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Southern Mississippi, his master’s in college student personnel administration from ...

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The International Program reorganizes

As VSU continues to make a few alterations within some of the academic programs, the International Program seems to be next on the list. The International Program focuses on supporting international students, as well as exchange students, accepted into the program while also providing study abroad programs and opportunities for students native to VSU. International students usually come to VSU ...

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VSU French Major interns in the French Parliament

Étudiante en français de VSU stagiaire à l’Assemblée nationale à Paris. Translation: VSU French major – intern at the French Parliament in Paris. Mathilde Anik Vedel, a senior French major, transferred to VSU in spring 2021 as an online student. Anik Vedel is not an international student at VSU but is an American and French citizen. She was born in ...

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Column: Willow Project approval will cause ecological devastation

On March 13, the Biden administration approved the Willow Project, an oil project based in Alaska, which caused a major backlash in the U.S. According to Protect Our Winters, a nonprofit environmentalist group, this project is the “largest oil extraction project in the federal lands” and is estimated to release millions of metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere ...

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VSU welcomes a new SGA executive team

After the elections last week, Student Government Association announced its new executive team and senate in an email on Friday, April 14. In the election, 2,582 people voted, according to SGA. The SGA 2023-2024 executive board will consist of President William Burnett, Vice President Nevaeh Wallace and Secretary Jermaine Thomas. According to the email, a runoff will decide the treasurer ...

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It’s time to vote for SGA

VSU students can now vote for their Student Government Association representation. Voting opened on April 12 and will close on April 13 at 9 p.m. SGA members are student-elected and “meet regularly to formulate meaningful recommendations, advocate on behalf of the Student Body, and initiate programs that fall in line with SGAs’ mission,” according to the VSU SGA website. For ...

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