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Forrest Street to be changed to Barack Obama Blvd

On July 22, the sociology club of VSU, A Chance To Initiate Opportunities Now [A.C.T.I.O.N.], will be in attendance at the Valdosta city council meeting where they will host a press conference detailing the results of the vote to change the name of Forrest St. to Barack Obama Blvd. The decision to vote on the changing of the the name ...

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Study pinpoints best and worst entry-level jobs

There’s often pressure to find a job soon after graduation which can be difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help students see what jobs are in-demand WalletHub.com compiled data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, Indeed.com and Salary.com to rank 108 entry-level jobs putting them in two different categories the worst ...

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Masks and COVID vaccine completely optional for students this fall

On May 18, VSU announced that face masks and social distancing would no longer be required on campus during the summer 2021 and fall 2021 semesters. Robbyn DeSpain, director of strategic communications at VSU, disclosed this development in COVID-19 policy in an email to VSU students and faculty. According to the email, fully vaccinated people and unvaccinated people can return ...

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It’s a bit overdue, but college athletes can be paid now

As of July 1, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has ruled that athletes are now able to make money off of their name, image and likeness. It’s about time. Every American has the right to make money when their NIL is used. With this in mind, it seems clear that college athletes would be entitled to some of the ...

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Profile: Williamson continues her life through COVID

The ticking of the clock helps the hour along as Mekala Williamson rests, her eyes and ears focused on Janice Lowe, her psychology teacher. Williamson’s mind, however, is elsewhere. She is so far removed from the other classmates. Their desks were pushed apart, putting distance between them for their own good. She has her own little island to herself, almost ...

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College football should expand the playoffs to 12 teams

The College Football Playoff management committee presented a proposal on June 10 to expand the current four-team playoff format to one that would include 12 teams, and many people think it will pass. I think this is absolutely the right move, and most other college football fans would agree with me. A four-team playoff was a good start simply because ...

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Fleeting sensationalism is plaguing the boxing world

Logan Paul challenged Floyd Mayweather to a boxing match in 2019, Mayweather accepted and signed the contract in 2020, and the [joke of a] fight took place last Sunday. To anyone who paid $50 to see the fight, I apologize for the decision you made. I, like many others, was hoping for a fight that would end in a humbling ...

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Zach Blankenship triumphs through COVID-19

He steps up to the pitcher’s mound. The world around him goes silent. He tunes out all the cheers and jeers from the stands. His mind goes almost completely blank. Even as an applied mathematics major, he isn’t thinking about numbers or probabilities as they pertain to baseball. All he is thinking about is making sure he slings a fastball ...

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Pop Addict: Doja Cat, iCarly, “Cruella”

Hello, my fellow pop addicts at VSU, and welcome to another edition of our beloved pop culture column. You already know what we’re here for, so without further ado, let’s jump right into it. Doja Cat has revealed the cover and tracklist for her upcoming third studio album Planet Her, which will be released on June 25 and will feature ...

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VSU announces COVID-19 guideline updates for Fall 2021

Robbyn DeSpain, director of strategic communications, sent out an email concerning updates about COVID-19 operating guidelines. Since March 2020, students across the globe have had to handle the stress of college through online classes, mask wearing and social distancing in order to keep themselves and others safe. Since then, three vaccines have been developed, and the world is slowly opening ...

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