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Editorial: The importance of Democracy in American Institutions

Americans were happy to see 2020 come to an end considering all the controversial events and the life-threatening pandemic that occurred throughout the year. However, 2021 is not proving to be any better. The Senate runoff race is over with it resulting in the Democratic Party taking control of the senate. In response, pro-Trump supporters raided the U.S. Capitol building ...

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Democrats clinch the senate

The Georgia runoffs for the Senate have officially closed, and the Democratic party reigns victorious. In a historic pair of victories, Rev. Raphael Warnock defeated Kelly Loeffler, becoming Georgia’s first Black senator, and Jon Ossoff defeated David Perdue, becoming the youngest Democrat elected to the Senate since Joe Biden in 1973. Apart from history being made for both Warnock and ...

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Georgia senate races heating up

As of Dec. 14, early voting has commenced in Georgia for the Senate runoff races which will determine if Republicans or Democrats control the United States Senate. So far, it seems as though the Senate races have garnered a lot of interest. According to numbers obtained by 11 Alive, 1.2 million absentee ballots have already been requested. In addition, a ...

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Photos: Over 1,300 graduates received their degrees at face to face fall graduation

Approximately 1,000 fall graduates and 300 returning spring graduates walked across the stage at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium on Dec. 14 at four different graduation ceremonies. COVID-19 guidelines were upheld and followed at the graduation. Each graduate’s seat was spaced 6 feet apart and all graduates were required to wear face masks. COVID-19 guidelines and procedures for the ceremony were also displayed ...

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Bethany Davis leaves her mark on the VSU Spectator

When I first joined The Spectator three years ago, I had very little experience working in graphic design, but I always knew it was a career path I wanted to pursue. As my time at Valdosta State is coming to an end, I can honestly say that working with The Spectator was the best decision I made as an undergraduate. ...

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Trump Travels to Valdosta, Holds Rally for Senate Runoff

In what some might regard as a surprising location, President Trump campaigned in Valdosta Friday for Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. This, of course, is because a critical U.S. Senate runoff race is coming up on Jan. 5, which will determine if Republicans maintain control of the Senate, or if Democrats flip the Senate and control both chambers ...

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Column series: What it’s like being a student journalist during a pandemic

As a student journalist, I’m charged with the responsibilities of collecting and delivering concise, accurate information to readers who desire it. It may seem like an easy job to others, but, in reality, it consists of various obstacles and steps to achieve the ultimate goal of delivering correct information. This semester has been a series of revelations for me. I’ve ...

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Possible new transit system in Valdosta

During a conference with VSU student journalists on Oct. 22, Mayor Scott Matheson discussed the possibility of a newer, cheaper public transit system in Valdosta. Being a talk radio host, Matheson said he has been told by other mayors they will or will not accomplish a new transit system, but it never got done. There was about a 10-year period ...

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Congrats Grads: Another class of Blazers will get their degrees soon

Even with graduation being held at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium at four seperate times, The VSU Spectator still wanted to take the time to recognize some graduating seniors. Here is a sampling of some of this semester’s graduates and what they’ll be doing after graduation. Danielle Spivey, spanish major “I plan on getting my master’s and PhD in Spanish Literature and becoming ...

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What studying abroad during a pandemic could look like

The VSU history department is offering a virtual study abroad program in Poland during the Maymester 2021. This program was proposed by Dr. John Dunn, professor of history, on Nov. 3 to help students earn experiental credit. According to Dr. Dunn, experiential knowledge is obtained through internships, volunteer work for a nonprofit or study abroad which is required for VSU ...

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Current COVID-19 Stats for Valdosta State University

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