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Valdosta City School closed Wednesday due to coronavirus case, VSU remains open

Valdosta City Schools will be closed Wednesday, March 11, due to a potential coronavirus case. According to a statement released by Valdosta City Schools on late Tuesday, March 10, a student teacher at Sallas Mahone Elementary School had indirect contact with family members who may have previously contracted the virus (COVID-19). The statement added that the student teacher or family ...

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VSU varsity sports scheduled to resume in fall semester

VSU’s Athletic Department is planning on having all varsity sports active during the fall semester, with new regulations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Herb Reinhard, director of athletics for VSU, said that he wants all students to understand upon return to make sure to do everything they can to prevent the spread of the virus. “It will be extremely important ...

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USG mandates wearing face masks on college campuses

The University System of Georgia announced Monday that starting on July 15 it will be required for faculty, staff and students to wear face masks on college campuses. The only places face masks will not be required are in dorm rooms, or outside where social distancing can be maintained. As of July 7, there are a total of 100,470 confirmed ...

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Column: A Country’s Crumbling

The killing of George Floyd was truly a turning point in American history. If the social and political consequences from the aftermath are allowed to go unchecked, the rule of law as we know it could wither away. What started in Minneapolis on May 28, was soon mimicked in several cities across the country: mass protests, but also riots, violence, ...

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VSU announces new contingency plan for fall semester

The Fall semester is still scheduled to begin face-to-face instruction on August 17 but VSU finally released a new contingency plan that will alter the fall semester due to COVID-19. The 80-page contingency plan that was released on July 2 lays out the university’s entire, detailed plan for how it hopes to operate, and control virus spread in the upcoming ...

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VSU students, faculty still digesting the switch to on-line learning

When 2020 started, students and faculty at VSU weren’t worried about the rise of a pandemic. They were focusing on starting a new school year, planning out their courses, and getting prepared for the classes they were signed up to take. No one expected to suddenly be switched to all online classes, However, this was the reality that the students ...

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Pop Addict: Justin Bieber, Jenna Marbles, City Girls

Hello, pop addicts of Valdosta State, and welcome back to another edition of Pop Addict. It has been awhile since our last discussion, so without further ado, let’s jump right into it! Pop superstar Justin Bieber has filed a lawsuit against two girls, who are being identified as “Kadi” and “Danielle,” for $20 million following sexual assault accusations. After the ...

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VSU needs to rethink reopening the campus

While VSU has brought relief to many students with the announcement of reopening campus for Fall 2020, that doesn’t change the fact that COVID-19 will still be active. On June 8, VSU updated their website under “Coronavirus Overview” informing students, faculty, and staff of the new guidelines following the reopening. The campus operations guide includes a “three-phase plan” to help ...

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Just because VSU isn’t an HBCU, doesn’t mean students should stay silent

While the entire world is in the midst of a fight against the life-threatening virus known as COVID-19, another illness, one that has been around for centuries, has continued to rock our nation. Racism. Racism can be defined as a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority ...

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VSU classroom instruction will be adjusted

In-class functions will be adapting to Center of Disease Control guidelines as VSU returns to face-to-face classes this fall. According to a recent summer orientation discussion answering parents’ questions about the changes VSU will be making during the pandemic, Dr. Rodney Carr, vice president of Student Success, discussed how classroom instruction will operate. “Instead of putting 35 students in one ...

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Valdosta State is one of many schools planning for face-to-face instruction

On June 8, VSU officially announced plans to return to face-to-face classes this fall, aligning with the majority of universities across the nation. Some other universities that also plan to go face-to-face next semester include Florida State University, University of North Carolina in Charlotte and Georgia Southern University. The Chronicle of Higher Education, a news organization which covers colleges in ...

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