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VSU edges Flagler in nail-biter, 6-5

Valdosta State baseball (20-10, 12-7) was back in action at Bill Grant Field last night against Flagler (18-16, 9-12). After taking a 3-2 lead in the first inning, the Blazers didn’t look back as they held the lead for the rest of the game, winning 6-5. VSU certainly didn’t go untested. With a 5-2 lead heading into the eighth, the ...

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Pushing for more diversity

Take a look around campus, and you’ll see a plethora of identities. People of different genders, ethnicities and races come to VSU to get an education, and as a result there is an adequate amount of diversity. But take a look at members of the faculty and administration, and you’ll realize they are not a reflection of the students. According ...

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Content over grades

Written by: Jessica Cooke With five weeks left in the spring semester, it’s safe to say the final days are here, and students of every classification are ready to wrap up their papers, projects, presentations and exams to enjoy two months outside of the classroom. Although the anticipation is rising, so is the question of how students’ performance this semester ...

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Letter to the Editor: Scheduling conflict continues

Given the concerns raised by the op-ed and the letter to the editor in last week’s edition of The Spectator, I thought I would extend an apology to several entities on campus who I may have regrettably misled or misinformed during the scheduling-revision process. First of all, I would like to extend an apology to Maren Clegg-Hyer who is absolutely ...

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The GM recall: Compensating tragedy regardless of income

Written by: Jessica Ingram General Motors has made several grave missteps in recent years, and it’s time for the car manufacturer to accept the consequences for its actions. Malfunctioning vehicles built by GM have been linked to 13 deaths and numerous accidents, provoking a recent wave of recalls by the company−1.6 million vehicles on Monday and 2.6 million vehicles earlier ...

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Hobby Lobby: Controlling contraceptives

Written by: Abbie Baggerly & Elan Waite Pro Hobby Lobby should be allowed to freely exercise its beliefs without fear of punishment.  Hobby Lobby is many people’s first choice when they want to purchase arts and crafts, and it is on Fortune’s list of largest private companies in the Unites States.   The employer adheres to religious ideals such as honoring ...

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Tips for surviving allergy season

Written by: Jordan Hill Break out your tissues and medicine−it’s allergy season. Aa-choo! This sound is typically heard around town during spring when plants are blooming and pollen is painting vehicles. Allergy season is coming in fast, and after this year’s bout of rain, the pollen count is even higher. While you may be grateful that the rain washes the ...

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Dancing student dreams big

Written by: Elan Waite Sharia Stripling doesn’t let anything stop her from doing what she loves; not distance, not people and definitely not the  fact that she’s deaf. Stripling, an amazing dancer, pageant queen and member of delta psi delta, is deaf−and fabulous. Stripling, who has been deaf since the age of 4, is a VSU senior majoring in dance. ...

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West Hall gets a breath of fresh air

Written by: Jordan Hill   After over 25 years, West Hall’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system is being replaced, which will cause the building to be closed down during the summer semester.   During the summer construction, most of West Hall will be closed, and only the front section of the building will remain open.   Evy Harrell, a senior ...

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Sexual assaults plague campuses

Written by: LaShawn Oglesby Twenty percent of college students will experience sexual assault on campus, according to Ms. Magazine. This statistic isn’t new to Dr. Tracy Woodard-Meyers, director of Women’s and Gender Studies and professor of sociology, or Dr. Mark George, adjunct professor of Women’s and Gender Studies; both believe we need to educate more people about not only sexual ...

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