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Search for new dean begins, Dr. LaPlant serves as interim

In the wake of former dean Keith Walters’ arrest in a child sex sting operation, VSU is left with a gaping hole in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Dr. James LaPlant, current dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, will assume the interim dean role of the college. Dr. Theresa Grove, associate dean, will work in conjunction ...

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Keith Walters offered bail, authorities say

VSU Dean of Sciences and Mathematics Keith Walters, one of 14 suspects taken into custody in a four-day child sex sting operation, has been given a bail of $25,000, according to Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office. As of Wednesday, Walters remains incarcerated, according to the department’s website. Of the suspects arrested in the operation known as “Operation Broken Arrow,” Walters was ...

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Crime Report: VSU dean arrested, charged for child sex crimes

Fourteen individuals, including Keith Andrew Walters, dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics at VSU, have been arrested in a sting operation targeting online child predators and child traffickers. Walters, 44, was charged with sexual exploitation of children after local and state agencies said he tried to meet someone for sex that he believed was a minor. Walters has ...

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Opinion: College branding for customers, not students

I remember my freshman year at VSU. Taking food runs to palms, chatting in the student union and late night strolls on the illustrious front lawn. I also remember going to some of my journalism courses inside of West Hall, walking past the rotunda on the second-level. It was quiet and one of the many reasons I chose VSU for ...

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Simpson Scarborough LLC selected for VSU branding services

It’s that time of year again where you will soon be surveyed for questions about how to better improve VSU. VSU’s Office of Communications and Marketing will conduct a comprehensive branding study during the 2019-2020 academic year. The department is responsible for managing the University’s branding, marketing, and public relations. Simpson Scarborough LLC was selected by VSU as the result ...

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Remembering Kobe: Everyone has a little bit of No. 24

Everyone has done it. Wadded up a paper ball (possibly homework or something) and aimed at the nearest trashcan. We would get into our stance, feet aligned perfectly and let out a subtle leap into the air. As the wad flew threw the air, we would extend our shooting arm, leaving the flick of the wrist. We all would yell ...

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Column: NFL has tainted process for hiring black coaches

I was driving back from Jacksonville a couple weeks ago, as I spent some time at the beach for my 21st birthday. Typically when I take road trips, I like to reflect. No music, no radio. Just thoughts. The drive was about a shade under two hours, considering the traffic that caught up with me at the Florida-Georgia line. I ...

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Crime Report: Lock up your stuff

VSU crime rates have been surprisingly low this month. Tallied at four larceny reports and one arrest for a drug law violation, this month is starting a little rough. On Jan. 13, a student reported a missing wallet and another student reported a missing bag. Subsequently, that same day a student was arrested for a misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Jan. 14 ...

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Software Updates: Out with the old, In with the new

VSU Information Technology will no longer be providing support for Windows 7 operating system and have successfully migrated towards the new Windows 10 upgrade. With IT updating all campus computers, they suggest students do the same for their personal computers. Because they cannot provide support for students’ personal computers, USG Technology Store offers the Windows 10 upgrade to students for ...

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Black Voters Matter Fund heads to Valdosta

This year, voting might be as crucial as it’s ever been. But one of the massive issues this country has faced since the invention of dirt is actually convincing the “less-informed” to go by the polls, making their voice heard. In the African-American community, this has been the norm. Furthermore, there’s an underlying need for engagement within the black community. ...

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