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Don’t be another statistic: CRASE prepares students for the worst

Jennett Hall 1111 is a large lecture hall with two sets of double doors that open out, each accompanied by a glass case housing a fire extinguisher. Details which the hall’s occupants would soon come to soberly learn. Of the 720 seats in the hall on September 12, five were filled. The time was 4:54, and there was the vague ...

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VSU soccer opener at Florida Southern postponed

The Valdosta State’s women’s soccer season-opened has been postponed due to Hurricane Dorian. The game was set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, and no make-up date has been announced. The new season-opener is now a home game against Clayton State on Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Athletic Fieldhouse Soccer Field. The Blazers tied with Lee and West Alabama ...

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‘I made this decision’: Students voice concerns, Carvajal stands firm

President Richard Carvajal addressed over 400 students, faculty and staff in the Student Union ballrooms, and, standing doggedly, he said Gov. Brian Kemp is here to stay as this semester’s commencement speaker. With almost two dozen students speaking, their points were made; but then again so was the president’s. “At the end of the day, I made this decision, because ...

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Inside look: VSU Japanese Club seeks to bridge gaps

Japan has long been steeped in vibrant culture and customs, but what Americans see of the Land of the Rising Sun is often not representative of its people and values. The Spectator sat down with senior Jacquelynn Trapani, president of the newly-founded Japanese Club, which celebrates Japanese culture on campus and abroad. What is the Japanese Club’s mission? Trapani: “Our ...

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Celebrating 47 years: Odum Library’s past, present and future

It rises from the palm trees like a colonial fortress, two-toned against the blue sky. Overlooking the clay-tiled roofs of every other building on campus, Odum Library guards over 550,000 bound volumes and is one of VSU’s largest buildings. Last week was National Library Week, and the stars aligned so that Odum Library also celebrated its 47th birthday on April ...

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Visiting Author Jay Atkinson Discusses Inspiration, Motivation, and Narration

An award-winning author added another page to his story when he visited VSU earlier this month to talk about how his own experiences shaped his newest work. New England author and Boston University professor Jay Atkinson visited campus on March 13 and 14 to discuss the craft of narrative writing, give a reading, and sign books. He has published eight ...

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Rings of glory: Inside Valdosta’s professional wrestling circuit

Among the pantheon of American sports, professional wrestling is the estranged sibling. It is nebulous, somewhere between sport and artistic performance. Its extravagance and exaggerated violence have been ceded to sitcoms and combat sports in terms of cable television, and it would seem the crest of the professional wrestling wave of the ‘80s and ‘90s has all but broken. It ...

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Brown reveals film festival’s origins

This year’s South Georgia Film Festival is slated to be the largest yet, featuring 113 films from around the globe and 13 panels. The festival will span over three days, and screenings will be available in two locations on campus. However, the festival has not always been the powerhouse it is today. It came from humble beginnings and an unlikely ...

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Consider the Tortoise…and the Hare…2

Tortoise vs. Hare 2: This Time It’s Personal is, at first glance, a charming 45 minute long children’s play put on by VSU Theatre and Dance, but keen observers will see it for what it is: a dark look into the deeply rooted, tribal conflicts of man. It is set in a dystopian future after the titular race between the ...

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Coding for the community: Azalea Health Hackathon a success

A success with community solutions, the sixth annual Hackathon went according to plan. The Hackathon, held Feb. 9, saw 10 teams, the largest participating number the event has had so far, duke it out by coding the best solution to a problem. This year’s issue, “Coding for the Community,” asked for ways to unite the community. The teams, cloistered in ...

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