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SGA reveals potential end for a tuition fee

With only a few days until spring break, SGA held nothing back on Monday’s meeting as they moved forward in making VSU a better place for students. The meeting started off with Director of Campus Recreation, Shawn Phippen, who asked SGA a question: What would students do with an extra $30? Phippen informed SGA that the bond representing VSU’s debt ...

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‘Roots’ caps off Black History Month

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, the Collegiate Men of VSU collaborated with the Mu Omicron chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and NAACP to host the 2nd annual Roots scholarship dinner. This event took place in the Magnolia room in the University Center and allowed attendees a chance to win a $100 scholarship and an ATM voucher. The winner was ...

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SGA announces future alumni benefits, Blazer Safe Ride updates

On Monday, Feb. 26, SGA opened their weekly meeting with an introduction of a new proposal for campus recreation given by Shawn Phippen, Director of Campus Recreation. Phippen discussed post-college benefits for alumni living in Valdosta. “We are trying to reach those students who have graduated from here and still want to be involved with on-campus activities such as the ...

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VSU says “End It” to worldwide slavery

On Feb. 22, Valdosta State University hosted the first annual End It Movement event. The End It Movement is an anti-sex slavery movement where people pledge to be advocates, raise awareness and help fight against sex trafficking. During the ceremony, students, faculty and staff all gathered for stories, a candle vigil, prayer and words from Taylor O’Neal, a sexual assault ...

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The Spectator wins awards at Georgia College Press Association conference

The Spectator, VSU’s campus news organization, earned nine state-wide journalism awards at the Georgia College Press Association’s annual conference and ceremony on Friday, Feb 16. GCPA hosts a conference every year in February. This year it was held at the University of Georgia in Athens at the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library. “The trip to GCPA is always a ...

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VSU Out of the Darkness walks to raise money, awareness for suicide prevention

Students and community members will walk “Out of the Darkness” on March 3 to raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFP). This will be VSU’s second annual Out of the Darkness campus walk. Individual students and groups have already raised over $1,000 of the $5,000 goal. According to their website, AFP uses the funds from the walks ...

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Student becomes fraud victim in attempt to “flip” money

On Thursday, Feb. 8, a VSU student fell victim to fraud after being misled into a “flip it” money scheme. Freshman chemistry major Anisia Banks, 19, filed a police report on Tuesday, Feb. 13, almost a week after the theft occurred. According to the police report, Banks encountered her friend, Christian, who was accompanied by an unnamed black male. The ...

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SGA announces new bike service, parking survey

On Monday, Feb. 19, SGA began its meeting off with an inspirational message from Sen. Bob Greenbaum. Greenbaum opened the floor for discussion to the question: “What makes a good leader?” The floor sat silent, but Greenbaum came prepared with the answer. “The art of influencing and directing people in a way that will win their obedience, confidence, respect and ...

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NAACP celebrates Black History Month with the “N Word”

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People kicked off Black History Month with a discussion of the “n word.” The event,”N Word,” was hosted by NAACP Historian Tyler Gibbs and NAACP Membership Coordinator Quiane Turner. The event gave people of different races the opportunity to give their thoughts on how the “n word” should be used. Photos by ...

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Crime Report 2/5 – 2/13: Theft inherently remains on-campus

Feb. 5, 2018 At 10:54 a.m., a student reported a bicycle theft from the east side rack at Georgia Residence Hall. Feb. 7, 2018 At 6:02 a.m., UPD arrested Valdosta resident Ralph Donaldson, 58, in connection to a recent wave of bicycle thefts across campus. At 7 p.m., a student reported the theft of their wallet from the Student Union ...

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