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USG students experience decrease in state funding

“I didn’t know,” Jabarri Bradley, a junior majoring in mass media, said. “It upsets me because they don’t understand that they are setting us up for failure. Putting us more in debt will not help anything.” Since 1987, the state support of VSU has decreased by 22.9%, inconveniencing VSU students by raising the tuition. The state support as a percentage ...

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Remembering John “Pops” Witherspoon

On Oct. 29, iconic actor and comedian John “Pops” Witherspoon passed away at the age of 77. He died in his home in Sherman Oaks, California due to cardiac arrest. Born in Detroit, Michigan on Jan. 27, 1942, Witherspoon was one of eleven siblings. As a child, Witherspoon occasionally worked as a model. He and his older brother, William, took ...

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VSU’s Ethics Week encourages valuable skills among students

The Oxford dictionary describes the word ethics as the “moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity.” This week, Nov. 11-17, Valdosta State educates students on the meaning of ethics through activities and presentations. From pizza parties to scavenger hunts, the opportunities to learn about ethics incorporate more serious topics into less serious activities. Many ...

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First Latina lawmaker in Georgia Legislature motivates VSU students

Brenda Lopez Romero, the first Latina lawmaker in the Georgia Legislature, knows what it takes to stay driven and keep up your reputation while in school. In 2016, Romero became the first Latina elected to the Georgia General Assembly and now represents House District 99 in Gwinnett County.  Her focus is on education, retirement, state planning and community affairs committees. ...

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Test-only college admissions may spark racial discrimination

Researchers at Georgetown University have come out with a study that involves higher education only accepting students based on standardized test scores. Standardized tests are used to give all students with different backgrounds a fair chance with the same criteria. However, they can be a disadvantage for students whom don’t test well. Traditional college and university admissions usually include letters ...

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Crime Report: Aggravated assault, burglary decrease from 2016

Valdosta State’s crime on campus is nowhere near being obsolete, but in the first week of November, it seems to be slowing down compared to last month. With the fall coming in, you can snuggle up inside and read the resources the Valdosta State Police provides for students. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report provides students with information on ...

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Student loan debt at all-time high; should education be free?

Many American students must take out student loans to attend higher education institutions. As a result, the national student debt is $1.6 trillion. There is always that question of whether institutions should be offering college for free or what would happen if college was free? Currently students can receive federal financial aid and use scholarships first before resulting to student ...

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Editorial: Is diversity worth your voice?

Is diversity worth the cost of speech? In 2016, a national survey was conducted by Gallup, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Newseum Institute, with the main focus being college students. Its intent was to ascertain the current feelings of college students regarding the state of their rights and freedoms, specifically those upheld by the First ...

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Editorial: The dangers of social media

Social has been a staple in our society for the last 10 years, it has made everything and everyone the same and not for the better. Social media is dictating how people think and react, so many of us have our lives controlled by a phone. It’s getting so out of hand that in many states, including Georgia, laws exist ...

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Once more: VSU wins GSC crown, avoids Argos comeback

In the nippy November air, the VSU Blazers held onto the ball for the last three-and-a-half minutes to secure the 26-21 victory and the Gulf South Conference championship for back-to-back seasons against the West Florida Argonauts. Both teams entered the game undefeated in conference play, so whoever left Bazemore-Hyder Stadium with a victory would also hoist the illustrious trophy It ...

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