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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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Dr. Carson event tonight

Written By: Cole Edwards The anticipation surrounding the appearance of Fox News personality Dr. Ben Carson will finally be satisfied tonight as Dr. Carson is scheduled to speak at 8 p.m. inside Whitehead Auditorium while a multitude of protestors demonstrate outside the facility.   Dr. Carson is expected to give a speech entitled “America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made this ...

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Annual Blazer Dash 5k Is Here!

Written By: Alex Tostado The 9th annual Blazer Dash 5K is happening Saturday in front of the Student Recreation Center. The race will begin at 7:30 a.m. VSU’s Campus Recreation and Campus Wellness host the event to encourage community building as well as promote healthy lifestyles. The Student Recreation Center encourages all ages and levels of participation, including walkers. The ...

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Blazers beat the heat: Five ways to stay cool during the heat wave

Written by: Jordan Barela The heat wave is set to emblazon Valdosta with high temperatures in the hundreds. Below are a few tips to help beat the heat this upcoming week. One of the most important things to do is to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Another good tactic, eat fruits and vegetables as they have water in ...

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VSU Cracks Down On Former Professor Protesting Against Confederate Memorials In Georgia

Written By: John Stephen Political controversy is brewing between the highest officials at VSU and a former VSU professor over the use of the professor’s email to promote an effort to remove Confederate monuments and celebrations in Georgia. In June, sociology professor Mark P. George joined forces with Reverend Floyd Rose, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s local chapter, ...

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