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Greek Week’s canned food drive ‘Canstruction’ raises more than a thousand cans

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief Canned food is not just for eating anymore. As part of the annual Greek Week, sororities and fraternities competed in an event called “Canstruction.” The event was held on the Pedestrian Mall, in front of Odum Library last Wednesday. During the event, Greeks utilized cans to create structures. There were a total of six teams. ...

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A goodbye from our seniors

Passing the reins with a heavy yet hopeful heart This is probably the hardest thing that I have ever had to write. Saying goodbye is never easy. So, with a heavy heart, here goes nothing. This is the last issue that I will be serving as the Editor-in-Chief. As this issue runs through the printing press, I will have said ...

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A look into the mental health of Valdosta State

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief The phrase “it’s all in your head” is something that is all too familiar. Because of this phrase, mental health is something that people rarely talk about. A college campus is the ideal place where the topic of mental health is a tricky subject. College often comes with anxiety, stress and depression. While it is ...

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Get thrifty: $20 Thrift Store Challenge

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief One person’s old clothes can be someone else’s vintage fashion vision. Thrifting can go one of two ways. Some consider thrifting to be an art form; a way of finding clothes that have a story written in the seams. Others see thrifting as a headache. As an avid thrifter, I have had my fair share ...

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Student with cancer enjoys early graduation

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief While most students were getting ready to take in the beach sun or catch up on Netflix over spring break, one VSU student graduated early. Michael Cowger graduated cum laude with a double major in finance and economics on March 11. The reason for his early graduation: Li-Fraumeni syndrome, a rare type of cancer that ...

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HB 859 set to head Georgia Senate

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief Despite protest from Valdosta State, the Georgia Legislature could soon allow students to start packing heat. House Bill 859 or what is referred to as “Campus Carry” is making its way through Georgia Legislature. On January 27, the bill was reported to have entered the Georgia House. As of Monday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported ...

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Letter from the EDITOR

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief Since the move to our new format, we at The Spectator do what we have dubbed a “themed” issue. With this new format, we dedicate an entire issue to a specific theme. Last semester we did millennials, finances, and sex. Last semester was our testing ground for this new format. This semester we are starting ...

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Spring graduation pushed to one day

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief Spring commencement will be a late bloomer this year. On Monday, the commencement schedule for the spring 2016 graduates was changed. The confirmation of the change came from VSU’s official Twitter account. In the past, commencement ceremonies have been held on Friday and Saturday. The change has moved all the commencement ceremonies to Saturday, May ...

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Campus to test emergency alert system

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief  A brief test of the emergency notification system will go into effect tomorrow morning. Starting at 10 a.m., the emergency test will include both an email and text alert to any registered devices. The test will also utilize a new desktop alert. A sample alert message will display to anyone logged on a campus computer. The ...

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Interim President Cecil Staton appoints new administrative positions

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief  In an email sent to the VSU community earlier today, Interim President Cecil Staton appointed several new members to administrative positions. Staton appointed a total of five administrative positions, three of which were vacant dean positions. “During my almost six months as interim president at Valdosta State, one of the most encouraging things I have ...

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Current COVID-19 Stats for Valdosta State University

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