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Spring 2012

Disney arrives at production crossroads

 I’d be lying if I said I knew exactly why Rich Ross got the ax as head of Disney Studios on Friday after barely two years in the job. But like a lot of people in Hollywood, I’d also be lying if I said I knew why he got the job in the first place.    Ross was a pure-blooded ...

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Letter to the Editor

   I am writing to rebuke several claims of an opinions article, entitled “VSU events running on empty”, within the April 19th edition of the Spectator. As Reservations Coordinator of the Student Union, I was surprised by the claims of the writer, as many were grossly overstated. I am concerned with the facts behind the opinions article as no one ...

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Driving has distractions

   As you prepare for final exams, summer, graduation, or whatever else is on your mind, the last thing you are probably thinking about is traffic safety.    As you leave Valdosta State for the summer (or maybe for good), you might not even be worrying about those around you. Speaking from experience, this is a mistake.    I was ...

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Students make predictions on NBA playoffs, MVP candidates

 As the regular season concludes, a hot topic amongst NBA fans these days is who going to win the regular season’s most valuable player award and what team could potentially take it all.   The debate about the MVP award has become a two man race between Kevin Durant and LeBron James.     Both guys are very important part to their teams ...

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VSU football players give back

 Two offensive linemen from the Valdosta State Blazer football team gave a helping hand at raising autism awareness as they volunteered their time to help autistic kids in the community. � Autism is a brain disorder that causes social awkwardness, the inability to communicate and odd behavior patterns, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Cameron Short, ...

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Scream it loud and proud

The First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” � Within the past year especially, Americans have taken advantage of ...

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The Blazers come back to earth heading into the post-season

 The No.1 Valdosta State Blazer softball team is very capable of winning a national championship as long as they remember to keep their “eye on the prize.”  A familiar phrase said by senior ace Alanna Hadley was used to describe her team trying to achieve their ultimate goal.  The regular season is over and the post-season begins with the 2012 ...

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New House bill could help alleviate student loan debt

H.R. 4170 is a bill that, if passed, will forgive student loan debt for millions of hardworking Americans through a 10/10 program.  Representative Hansen Clarke of Michigan introduced H.R. 4170, the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012, in the House of Representatives on March 8.  “This bill provides that if a student loan borrower makes payments equal to 10-percent of ...

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Hungry students learn about ill-fed community

On Wednesday night the Hunger Awareness Dinner was held to shed light on the issue of hunger and food waste around the community.  Speakers from various organizations such as: LAMP, Student Action Council, Haven, Peanut Butter and Jesus, Blazer Pantry and Hungry at Home were present to speak against the negative issue of hunger.  The event began as tables were ...

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Gas prices hurt VSU wallets

 As world leaders struggle to understanding rising gas prices, the VSU student population is heavily impacted by costs.   The rollercoaster ride associated with gas prices began its ascendancy prior to April of 2009.  At the onset, the price per gallon was close to $2 per gallon.  However, a peak of $4 per gallon, on average nationally, hit the pumps two ...

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