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Four is the magic number

The VSU tennis teams swept the Gulf South Conference tournament, with each taking home the Conference championship with identical 5-1 victories. The men’s victory in the final round secured their fourth title in a row, a feat that has not been accomplished in 17 years in the Gulf South Conference. Part of the reason the team has been able to ...

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First Federal graces union

The pedestrian plaza leading to the Student Union has been named “First Federal Savings of Valdosta Plaza.” Wednesday afternoon, this name and a plaque were affixed the left wall on the Union’s Oak Street side. The naming of the plaza was a move by the university in response to a gift pledge given by First Federal Savings. “Typically on college ...

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From the field to the platform

DeMario Jones is used to being a leader. After all, he is a captain on the Valdosta State football team. However Jones is currently running for a different kind of leadership role than many people would expect for a five foot 10 inch, 300-pound defensive tackle known for wreaking havoc on opposing offenses. Thesenior Political Science major from Jacksonville, Fla. ...

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Artist captivates students with cool colors

As the sounds of jam-bands emanate from a weathered cassette tape, earthy green gives way to brilliant yellow, electric blue blends into cherry red, which breeds a regal purple that battles a feisty orange against a deep navy background. The gazebo between West Hall and Nevins Hall has a received a vivacious temporary makeover from tie-dye entrepreneur Josh Farmer. The ...

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Perception of alcohol/drug use high

After the conduction of the alcohol and drug survey, it becomes obvious that the perception of drinking on campus out-weighs the act. The survey covered a variety of things ranging from the use of hallucinogens to having a drink of wine or beer once a week. One interesting observation of the survey results was the discrepancy between student’s perceptions and ...

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SACS to visit; QEP put into action

Every 10 years Valdosta State has to go through a reaffirmation process, and from April 6 through 8, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) will visit as a part of that process. SACS is an organization through which Southern colleges and universities become and remain accredited. To remain accredited, schools must set and meet certain standards, and as ...

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Graduate assistantships on the rise

When first arriving to VSU, Dr. Patrick J. Schloss, president of the university, said that his goal was to make VSU a nationally recognized university. Last year, he and the budget committee took steps towards reaching that goal by giving $700,000 to VSU’s Graduate School. Described as “strategic funding” by the committee, the allocation created about 53 graduate assistantships for ...

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Blazers head to West Georgia

The 13th ranked Valdosta State Blazers are set to take on in-state rival West Georgia in a three game series this weekend in Carrollton, Ga. The Blazers enter the weekend series, which begins with a doubleheader on Friday, as the Gulf South Conference Eastern Division leaders with a 25-10 overall record (5-1 GSC) while the Wolves enter in last place ...

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VSU student and friend sing it for Simon

American Idol Lauren Sanders and Carmen Turner Audition Those of you who watch “American Idol” may have seen a familiar face on camera this season. Sophomore nursing major Lauren Sanders auditioned for Simon, Randy, Kara, and celebrity judge Mary J. Blige at the W Hotel in Atlanta to be the next American Idol. The 19-year-old Baxley, Ga., native and her ...

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VSU students involved in Haiti mission

Haiti This spring break, from March 13 to March 20, a mission team from Crosspointe Baptist Church went to Haiti to aid in disaster relief. Nineteen of the 24 team members were VSU students. According to Jason Van Nus, college pastor at Crosspointe, the group was comprised of three of teams: a medical team, a construction team and a childcare ...

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