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Senior editors say goodbye

Written by: Will Lewis, Olivia McLean, Rebecka McAleer, Joe Adgie, Hillary Straba   Will Lewis Editor-in-Chief It’s weird to write something in the first person. Working with The Spectator has caused me to grow increasingly comfortable with the third person omniscient tone of a narrator, but now I am casting that tone aside as I adopt something more personal. After ...

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FSU professor reads personal essays as part of Contemporary Writers Series

Written by: Olivia McLean It got deep on Tuesday when nonfiction writer and editor Dr. Ned Stuckey-French gave a reading that touched on subjects such as racism and the meaning of life. The West Lafayette, Ind., native who is a professor at Florida State University read two selections, “Nightmares” and “South Side,” to an audience in the Student Union Theater. ...

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Facebook talks gender

Written by: Olivia McLean Facebook finally took a step in the right direction. Last week, the website added the option for its users to select from over 50 gender options to be displayed on their profiles. Since Facebook was created in 2004, the gender options have always been “male” and “female,” but it seems the social media giant has gotten ...

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No worries: Concerned students able to graduate in May again

written by: Olivia McLean Tell Mom and Dad their kid will get to walk across the stage in May. VSU President Dr. William McKinney has confirmed that although summer commencement will not be returning, students who have six or fewer credit hours left to fulfill graduation requirements will be able to walk in May. On Nov. 1, McKinney sent a ...

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Integration Committee introduces honorary Thomas/Pierce Scholarship

Written by: Olivia McLean With financial limitations halting many students’ dreams, a group at VSU may help those dreams come true. The VSU 50 Years of Integration Planning Committee launched the Thomas/Pierce Scholarship in honor of the legacy of Drewnell Thomas and Robert Pierce, the first two black students to attend VSU (then Valdosta State College). The scholarship, according to ...

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Benjamin case opens eyes

A tragedy in VSU history has finally come to a resolution. Last week, Darien Meheux was sentenced to life in prison for murdering VSU freshman Jasmine Benjamin. The two graduated from the same high school in 2012 and began attending VSU in the fall. In November, Meheux strangled Benjamin in a study room in Georgia Hall. She was left there ...

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Cut-backs put students at risk

Written by: Olivia McLean As a typical “broke college student” we often moan and groan when it’s that time of the year to pay my tuition and fees. Institutional fees, athletic fees, student activity fees—the list goes on. Yes, students know that these fees are necessary to maintain the university’s upkeep, but do we really know exactly what our money is ...

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Black Crow Media wants a new DJ

Written by Olivia McLean   Valdosta radio listeners can expect to hear a new voice on the airwaves soon. Four of the Valdosta Black Crow Media radio stations: Hot 102.7, Rock 108, 99.5 Kix Country and Star 105.3, are hosting their first ever “Who Wants to Be a DJ?” competition. The event will be hosted by Jay Mathews, Hot 102.7 ...

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Amazon takes advantage of online shoppers

Written by Olivia McLean   Amazon.com is a favorite among college students looking to save a buck or two on textbooks. It’s also a favorite for students looking to sell used textbooks at the end of the semester; however, selling textbooks and other items on Amazon may become a bit more expensive with their recent increase in seller’s fees. As ...

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HIV/AIDS awareness comes to VSU

Written by Olivia McLean   Mark your calendars–the fight against HIV and AIDS is continuing to push through.   Advocates for Youth, an organization that aims to help and inform young people about reproductive and sexual health, called on President Obama, Congress, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the HIV and AIDS community to officially recognize April ...

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Current COVID-19 Stats for Valdosta State University

Check the current number of cases on the VSU campus here!