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Spectator wins prestigious journalism awards

The Spectator brought home seven awards from the recent Georgia College Press Association journalism contest, including a second place in overall general excellence, the highest honor the group has received in recent memory. The University of Georgia was the only school to finish higher in the general excellence category among colleges with over 10,000 students. The Spectator staff traveled to ...

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VSU professors respond after Tennessee representative expulsions

In the wake of Tennessee’s House Of Representatives expelling two of their members, professors at VSU have taken the time to weigh in on the issue.  The Tennessee House of Representatives voted to expel Reps. Justin Jones (D-Nashville), Justin Pearson (D-Memphis) and Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville) from their positions in office after they joined a protest during a House meeting. While ...

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Future summer semesters will reflect Juneteenth

VSU is altering summer semester timelines to account for Juneteenth, a federal holiday and what many consider to be the U.S.’ second Independence Day. Juneteenth, or June 19, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the U.S. Although the Emancipation Proclamation abolished slavery in 1863, freedom would not come for all until June 19, 1865. Even though that day ...

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AI-generated essays raise concerns about academic honesty

New artificial intelligence technology allows students to generate essays, which leads to concerns about academic honesty. AI are algorithms created within specific limits and rules. However, the boundaries within these limits are vast. AI is able to generate new ideas, problem-solve, make decisions and learn. Webster’s dictionary defines AI as, “the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behavior.” ...

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VSU mourns student shot in Miami Beach over break

VSU students gathered Wednesday evening on campus to mourn a member of the VSU community who died in Miami Beach over the spring break weekend. Osagie Jordan Idahosa, 21, died from gunshot wounds after a March 17 shooting that sent the city of Miami Beach into a state of emergency, according to an incident report by Miami Beach police. Idahosa ...

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VSU announces plans to reorganize advising and related programs

VSU announced a plan to drastically alter its advising operation, a move which will shift advising responsibilities from professional advisers to faculty advisers after freshman year. VSU administration announced the reorganization that will eventually reduce the number of employee positions significantly on March 1. President Richard Carvajal opened the Budget Advisory Council meeting on March 7 by explaining the purpose ...

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New art history minor for fall 2023

Starting in the fall, VSU students will have another option in their palate – a newly approved minor in art history. The new minor was given the green light during the Faculty Senate’s Academic Committee February meeting. The minor was proposed by Dr. Glenda Swan in the Department of Art and Design. “Offering a minor in art history shows how ...

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Friends remember VSU student Blane Stone

Blane Ashley Stone, a junior psychology major from Valdosta, died unexpectedly on Jan. 1, 2023. Stone was a member of Abundant Life Church of God. She enjoyed singing and acting. She also adored her 4-year-old daughter, Blithe Beck. A GoFundMe campaign was organized by close friends of Stone’s that is going to be used to purchase a memorial for her ...

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S.W.A.P. provides work experience for students

Have you been looking for a way to get involved at VSU? If so, Students With A Purpose is coming to VSU. SWAP, which primarily works with non-profit organizations, allows students to gain experience through volunteering and forming connections. Students who have worked with SWAP have made long-lasting friendships, learned what it means to be an entrepreneur, and gained skills ...

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