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Opinion: Emergency situations should be taken seriously at VSU

Due to the recent school shooting at Parkland High School in Parkland, Florida, gun control conversations sparked across the nation. Faculty, staff, students and parents across America can’t help but prepare for the unexpected. Though gun control has been a topic of discussion since incidents such as Sandy Hook, the Pulse Night Club shooting in Orlando, Florida and the Las ...

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People Poll: How did you feel about Fergie’s National Anthem?

“I thought it was funny and I felt that our country deserved it,” Sonte’ Davis, a sophomore sociology major, said. “I don’t think I ever heard anything like that before in my life. It was terrible,” Jacob Styles, a sophomore communications major, said. “It was horrible. The players were even laughing at her. It was just a bad experience for ...

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VSU ignites The Bonfire blog

On Monday, Feb. 12, the VSU website announced that “The Bonfire is now live.” The Bonfire coins itself as “the official blog of Blazer Nation.” “We’ve had the idea for a while now, but we’ve been actively dreaming up ideas, creating content, and designing Bonfire about five months now,” Halle Zimmerman, VSU’s communications specialist, said. Jessica Pope, the communications and ...

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Show love year round, not just Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day, one of the more popular holidays, is literally around the corner. Bouquets of roses, oversized stuffed animals and chocolate hearts will be gifted around the world, but why do we need a specific day to show someone appreciation? “I love Valentine’s Day,” Bethani Overton, a junior art major, said. “I think it just holds special sentimental value in ...

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Waka Flocka performs at Valdosta State University spring concert

The Spectator: I know this is really weird, but I did not think you would be as tall as you were Waka Flocka: Yeah, a lot of people be thinking that. It’s crazy The Spectator: Have you been to Valdosta before? Waka Flocka: Yeah, definitely. The Spectator: When? Waka Flocka: Before I was famous. I went to Valdosta for spring ...

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Proposed law would make punishments for texting while driving harsher

A new texting-while-driving law is being pushed by a Republican state representative to more severely punish those who use their cellphones behind the wheel. The new law, if passed, would not only increase penalties for drivers who are caught, but would also cost drivers points on their driving record. In addition, the penalties would increase by a large margin, ranging ...

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People Poll: What are your Valentine’s Day plans?

“Just same as any other day. Maybe prepare for some exams,” Juhun Kim, a sophomore and international business major, said. “I don’t have any. I don’t have a Valentine,” Devin Clements, a senior computer information systems major, said. “I don’t know. I will probably go out with my boyfriend and we’ll just watch a movie and relax,” Natalie Dowdell, a ...

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People poll: What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial?

“The Bud Light commercial was the best, to me, because there were several of them throughout the Super Bowl and it kept me interested,” David Morris, a freshman mass major, said. “My favorite was the Alexa commercial because it was funny and I knew what was going on,” Bryuana Bynum, a freshman mass media major, said. “I like the Mountain ...

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The keto diet: pros and cons

According to the Cleveland Clinic, the ketogenic diet has successfully been used since the ’90s to treat epilepsy, but over the years more people are using the low carb diet to lose weight. Ketosis is a process that helps us to survive when food intake is low and during this, we produce ketones. These are produced from the breakdown of ...

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The Grammys: The best and worst moments

The 60th annual Grammy Awards were broadcasted on Jan. 28.  According to the Grammy’s website, music’s biggest night returned to New York City for the first time since 2003. For many of the artists nominated, this night cemented their spot in music history. The Grammys this year was good. There were several high points, low points and emotional points of ...

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