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Spring 2014

Sexual assaults plague campuses

Written by: LaShawn Oglesby Twenty percent of college students will experience sexual assault on campus, according to Ms. Magazine. This statistic isn’t new to Dr. Tracy Woodard-Meyers, director of Women’s and Gender Studies and professor of sociology, or Dr. Mark George, adjunct professor of Women’s and Gender Studies; both believe we need to educate more people about not only sexual ...

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West Hall gets a breath of fresh air

Written by: Jordan Hill   After over 25 years, West Hall’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system is being replaced, which will cause the building to be closed down during the summer semester.   During the summer construction, most of West Hall will be closed, and only the front section of the building will remain open.   Evy Harrell, a senior ...

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Dancing student dreams big

Written by: Elan Waite Sharia Stripling doesn’t let anything stop her from doing what she loves; not distance, not people and definitely not the  fact that she’s deaf. Stripling, an amazing dancer, pageant queen and member of delta psi delta, is deaf−and fabulous. Stripling, who has been deaf since the age of 4, is a VSU senior majoring in dance. ...

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Tips for surviving allergy season

Written by: Jordan Hill Break out your tissues and medicine−it’s allergy season. Aa-choo! This sound is typically heard around town during spring when plants are blooming and pollen is painting vehicles. Allergy season is coming in fast, and after this year’s bout of rain, the pollen count is even higher. While you may be grateful that the rain washes the ...

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Heinz explains decision to leave: It’s time to be with family, friends

Valdosta State women’s soccer coach Mel Heinz wouldn’t leave her Blazer family−except to be with her own family. Last week, Heinz announced she was leaving after three years with the team. The coach that built the program in 2011 is leaving for a position in her brother’s business where she will be the sales and account manager. On March 19, ...

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SGA preps for CAB week festivities

Written by: Joe Adgie   Sevyn Streeter will headline SGA/CAB Week, a week that will also feature the SGA elections to determine the new executive branch and senators for the 2014-2015 school year. Streeter, whose single “It Won’t Stop” was certified gold in March, will be playing at the spring concert on April 17 at the PE Complex. The concert ...

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S.A.V.E. waits for endorsement

Written by: LaMarcus Wilkerson Students Against Violating the Environment (S.A.V.E.) is waiting for VSU President William McKinney to approve a committee that would support the Fossil Free campaign. According to Danielle Jordan, the president of S.A.V.E., McKinney’s endorsement of the committee would move S.A.V.E. a step closer to their goal: to have VSU fully support the divestment efforts of the ...

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VSU works to gather slave-census records

Written by: LaShawn Oglesby Many Americans of African descent do not know much, if anything, about their history dating back to slavery, and getting that information is hard to find and sometimes costly. However, one organization is working to get that information to the public for free. The Mary Turner Project (MTP) is in partnership with the VSU archives department. ...

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The nose knows?

    (Photo Credit: researcher Andreas Keller (above) Rockefeller University)   The human nose might not seem so impressive when you’ve got lassie finding lost persons, bloodhounds hunting down criminals, and German Sheppard’s busting you for the coconuts you had to bring back from Costa Rica. With our few hundred scent receptors it’s hard to give our snouts any respect, ...

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Letter to the Editor : Students should consider cost

In a recent letter to The Spectator, Dr. Aubrey Fowler wrote about creating a “culture of change” through his proposed longer schedule for the university. He has never served on the faculty senate scheduling committee; I served for three years. He probably doesn’t know that the “new plan” which would give VSU the longest school year in the state of ...

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