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VSU aims to build on so-so season

Written by: Shane Thomas A 16-12 season certainly will not be remembered as one of head coach Mike Helfer’s greatest seasons. Following another season of roster renovations, this season represents a transition period for the veteran head coach that may propel the Blazers back to prominence next season. On the surface, the Blazers were a Jekyll-and-Hyde bunch much of the ...

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Save schools VSU on global warming

Written by: John Preer Through the combined efforts of VSU’s student organization S.A.V.E. (Students Against Violating the Environment) and Dr. Ari Santos’ ethics and environment course, motivational speaker Dr. Gerald L. Durley presented a lecture on environmental justice and climate change in Jennett Hall Wednesday night. Born to a 16-year-old mother, Dr. Durley was placed in a special education program ...

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VSU begins hiring new security

Written by: John Stephen When students return from Spring Break, two new security officers will be roaming the grounds of VSU. When the new security guards begin March 24, their main function will be to patrol the campus in the evening and early-morning hours, according to Thressea Boyd, VSU director of communications. These officers will report to the VSUPD but ...

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Florida ‘Keys’ open doors for VSU student research

Written by: Abbie Baggerly Ah, the beach. Dr. Thomas Manning and his students will be there−but not to play. Dr. Manning, a professor of chemistry at VSU, will travel with a group of students to the Florida Keys March 14-22.  The main purpose of the project is to try to produce a biodegradable material that will create a new marine ...

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Pokemon ‘catches `em all’: Website surprises with response to multiplayer gaming experiment

Written by: Joseph Albahari The Infinite Monkey Theorem states, “With one thousand monkeys typing on a typewriter, eventually one will write Shakespeare.” That deduction was considered when an anonymous programmer decided to create a program that allowed multiple people to play the same game simultaneously.  The social experiment named “Twitch Plays Pokémon” began on Feb. 12 and was hosted by ...

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Valdosta students say goodbye to local icon

Written By: Will Lewis   After nearly 30 years of business, students will have to say goodbye to a local icon. Ashley Cinemas, deemed the “Dollar Theater,” closed its doors March 2.   The theater closed due to a recent decision made by film distributors to cease production of movies in 35mm film, the kind used by the projectors at ...

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Professor’s collection a fun diversion

Written by: Sydney Devine English professors collect more than items of the literary kind. From salt and pepper shakers to pink flamingos and brooches (a type of clothing pin), Dr. Kinney has a wide variety of bizarre collections that she either keeps in her home as decoration or wears on a daily basis. “I’ve always collected books, it seems, but ...

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Hill Harper excites VSU crowd

Written by: Isaiah Smart   Hundreds of eyes gazed in a hypnotic state as Hill Harper captivated the attention of anyone near the Student Union ballrooms Tuesday during the VSU event titled “Celebrating 50 Years.” The Harvard Law graduate served as the keynote speaker of the 50 Years of Integration committee’s biggest event of the school year. Students, faculty and ...

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Officer 699: Man of Mystery

Written by: Matthew Sullivan The life of a VSU parking attendant is racked with peril. “I had just bought a drink from the Student Union and had set it down to write a ticket,” Officer 699, a VSU parking patroller of two years, said. “When someone walked by, they snatched my drink, ran away and threw it in the creek.” ...

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McKinney: VSU plans to hire private security firm

written by: Will Lewis VSU is considering hiring a private security firm to assist University police, according to President William McKinney. “What we need are additional eyes and an additional presence,” Dr. McKinney said. “Not necessarily additional armed police but additional security guards that work with our police.” The security personnel are expected to be active and visible sometime in ...

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