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5 inexpensive ways to have fun this summer

Summer is in full swing, and seeing your fellow college students live it up on Instagram, is kind of making you jealous. How are they affording all these trips and lavish activities while you’re over here just surviving? I get it. Some of us are working at least one job in order to pay for the upcoming semester, and that ...

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Valdosta aims to change the conversation on homelessness

On Friday, April 20 Joni Staton, mental health benchmark coordinator, hosted a quarterly community collaborative conference that addressed and aimed to increase the awareness surrounding Valdosta’s  homelessness, mental health and substance abuse issue. The conference was a collaborative effort between the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), along with a ...

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ASL Club educates students with Deaf Deaf World

Until you have walked in someone else’s shoes, you will never understand what they are experiencing, but on Thursday, April 5 at VSU, students had the opportunity to experience firsthand what life is like as a deaf person. The event, titled Deaf Deaf World, was held by VSU’s American Sign Language Club. The ASL Club’s mission for Deaf Deaf World ...

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Ways students can earn extra cash this summer

Summer is finally here, and VSU students are ready for a break. Whether it’s soaking up the sun on a beach in our neighboring state of Florida, escaping to a cooler climate by heading up north or just catching up on long needed beauty sleep, many are happy to kick up their feet for 10 weeks. Thinking about an upcoming ...

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Valdosta honors Madeline Pitts with “Maddie Day”

June 9 will officially be known as “Maddie Day” in honor of Valdosta native, 13-year-old Madeline Pitts who is fighting two forms of terminal cancer. The event will take place in Veterans Park. Maddie has been an advocate in the pediatric cancer fight for 13 years as she supported her sister Elizabeth who had the same form of cancer she ...

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VSU waves goodbye to three hoop stars

On May 5, VSU’s Madi Mitchell, Kenya Samone’ Dixon and Taylor Buie will be walking across the stage as their final days as a student athletes wind down. Their accomplishments in the classroom and on the hardwood will not be forgotten as they become alumnae of VSU. “It is a great place, and I will walk around bragging to anybody ...

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Helfer’s cardinal criteria

Mike Helfer’s success as Valdosta State’s head coach is predicated on more than just talented athletes and what plays he draws up on a white board. Coach Helfer has lead the Blazers to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances and has turned Valdosta into a basketball powerhouse in the Gulf South Conference Helfer’s style of play is fast and to constantly apply ...

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VSU Spec’ Sports Spring Update

VSU athletics has had a strong spring semester on the courts and the diamonds, but as the end nears, the foundation is set for the future in several sports. Here’s a round-up of VSU’s spring teams to this point in the season: MEN’S BASKETBALL The men’s basketball team had its best season in recent memory. The team finished their season ...

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What’s Your Take: Can’t miss picks for the draft

The idea that the Cleveland Browns have to draft a quarterback as the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft seems irrational. The first overall pick comes with a lot of hype, especially at the quarterback position. That title comes with the glorifying hype of being number one, and the pressure of being an instant impact is inevitable. Cleveland ...

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Column: Consistency can give Blazers advantage in post-season

In sports, some teams are one dimensional, lacking the ability to produce in a variety of areas. This season, the Blazers, ranked atop the Gulf South Conference, have proven to be multi-dimensional. The first dimension is the most evident: scoring. The Blazers have done an excellent job of putting the ball through the net at a high volume. The Blazers ...

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