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The Spectator hosts a Student Press Freedom Day Giveaway

Happy February Blazers! The VSU Spectator is hosting a giveaway for Student Press Freedom Day. Student Press Freedom Day is a national day of action when we celebrate the contributions of student journalists and the need to support their independence without censorship. The voices of VSU students are heard because of our student journalist being able to speak their truths. ...

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Editorial: Stanford University students spark conversation about free speech

Recently, Stanford University has been the subject of controversy involving a conversation around freedom of speech. A student posted a Snapchat of another student reading Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” autobiography while making an exaggerated thoughtful expression. A complaint was filed by an unknown student organization. The university did not take disciplinary action and instead went for a variety of options to ...

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Suspects arrested after armed robbery near campus

The Valdosta Police Department has made two arrests following an investigation into an armed robbery that took place near campus on Jan. 12. Police issued arrest warrants for Marquavious Simpson, 23, for armed robbery and possession of a firearm in response to the incident. Simpson was found at his residence and taken into custody on Jan. 19.    Warrants were also ...

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Biology professor stands firm with lectures

Dr. Leslie Jones is teaching Evolution and the Diversity of Life again this spring after she was given an ultimatum in the fall by a dean that the content of her course needed to be altered. She is teaching section A of the course, which has 130 students. This class is an introductory biology course for non-majors. Although there were ...

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VSU debate team finishes first tournament of the year

On Saturday, Jan. 21, VSU’s Speech and Debate team competed in the first debate tournament of the year, advancing to the quarterfinals of a nationwide competition. During this tournament, the debaters went up against opponents from different states to debate some of the most diverse topics of today. These schools included Spelman College, Florida State University, Park University, University of ...

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Blazers blast Statesmen as Owens joins 1,000-point club

It just seemed nothing could go wrong for the Blazers against Delta State. With the latest Hall of Fame class and stars such as Kenny Moore in attendance, the Blazers (14-8, 10-6 Gulf South Conference) put on a show. VSU led wire-to-wire as they blasted the Statesmen (6-13, 5-11 GSC) 93-44 to snap a two-game losing skid. However, perhaps the ...

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BREAKING: Armed robbery near VSU campus

On Jan. 12, students received a text message and phone call from VSU stating that there had been an armed robbery reported at Azalea Woods. At 8:38 PM, the text message read, “Armed robbery was reported at Azalea Woods (Mary St – Off Campus) Suspect was last seen heading south, away from campus. Avoid this area until further notice.” This ...

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Must watch Christmas movies

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year with presents and Mariah Carey, but another thing that makes the holidays special is the various Christmas movies. Everyone has different tastes, but here are the top three must watch movies to get yourself in the spirit. “The Santa Clause” A personal go to that has everything one could want in a ...

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Surviving the holidays with family

Family is something many people consider the beating heart of the holiday season. However, sometimes being around them comes with many, many challenges. I come from a large family, and I can say with full confidence that none of us ever see eye-to-eye. This makes the holidays difficult, to say the least. What begins as a calm, peaceful dinner turns ...

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