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Election follows historic pattern

 Written By: Austin Wells  The Republican party’s overwhelming victory on Tuesday night can be at least partly explained by past history, according to a political science professor at VSU.   Dr. Richard Saeger, a political science professor at VSU, explained how the Republican party’s success shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the president’s low popularity.   “It seems to be ...

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McKinney orders probe

 Written By: John Stephen and Jordan Hill  VSU President William McKinney has ordered a third-party investigation into a clash between a former adjunct professor and VSU alumnus that occurred this summer over the use of state resources for political purposes.   Dr. Mark George, the professor involved in the conflict, has filed a formal complaint with the USG’s Ethics and ...

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Graduation day and $300,000 in debt

By Maura Lerner Star Tribune (Minneapolis) / (MCT)   MINNEAPOLIS – Ashley Hall remembers clicking “yes” on the loan application and, inexplicably, laughing. Maybe it’s because the number seemed so surreal. Or because no one else in her family had done this before. But there she was, borrowing nearly $75,000. For her first year of veterinary school at the University ...

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VSU Steps up in October

Written By: Lia Armistead Organizations across campus strive to ‘Save The Ta-Tas’ One in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, making the disease the second leading cause of death among women in the U.S., According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. VSU organizations do many things each year in October to help make people ...

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Georgia colleges report more sex assaults

By Shannon McCaffrey and Janel Davis (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) The 18-year-old freshman was discovered by fellow students, passed out in a men's shower stall at a University of Georgia dormitory wearing only an oversized T-shirt that wasn't hers. Curled up in the fetal position, a dark bruise ran the length of her neck. The last thing she remembers: a tall ...

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VSU student body shrinks

By: Kenzie Kesselring     The number of students enrolled at VSU has dropped for the fall 2014 semester, leading many to wonder how it will affect the university.   According to VSU’s Office of Institutional Research, in fall 2013 VSU had 11,885 students enrolled in classes and by spring 2014 that number fell to 11,265 students. The final number ...

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McKinney shifts student affairs

Written By: Elan Waite & John Stephen   One day he was in, and the next he was out. Russell Mast, a VSU staff member since 1989, no longer works for VSU in any capacity as of last Thursday, according to VSU President William McKinney.   On Sept. 25, Dr. McKinney sent an email to all VSU students, faculty, staff ...

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Students disapprove of graduation application fee

With graduation right around the corner, seniors are making sure to dot the I’s and cross the T’s before it’s time to walk across the stage. A crucial part of this process is filling out the graduation application that includes a fee of $25 which does not cover the costs of a cap and a gown. While some seniors are ...

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Sigma Nu signs stir controversy

Written By: Jordan Barela Students holding inappropriate signs at Saturday’s VSU football game caused an uproar that led to the arrest of a student and the suspension of a VSU fraternity by its National Headquarters. The incident began during the first half of the game between VSU and Delta State at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium. Members of the Sigma Nu fraternity were ...

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NAACP: Mouths closed, Eyes Open

Written By: Elan Waite A group of around 50 students gathered between West and Ashley Hall Tuesday, armed with potent signs expressing their outrage for the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, as part of a planned protest. The students involved did not speak, not due to lack of opinion, but by choice. The silence was meant to speak volumes. The ...

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