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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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NAACP celebrates Black History Month with the “N Word”

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People kicked off Black History Month with a discussion of the “n word.” The event,”N Word,” was hosted by NAACP Historian Tyler Gibbs and NAACP Membership Coordinator Quiane Turner. The event gave people of different races the opportunity to give their thoughts on how the “n word” should be used. Photos by ...

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Crime Report 2/5 – 2/13: Theft inherently remains on-campus

Feb. 5, 2018 At 10:54 a.m., a student reported a bicycle theft from the east side rack at Georgia Residence Hall. Feb. 7, 2018 At 6:02 a.m., UPD arrested Valdosta resident Ralph Donaldson, 58, in connection to a recent wave of bicycle thefts across campus. At 7 p.m., a student reported the theft of their wallet from the Student Union ...

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SGA reviews new parking plan, energizer booths

On Monday, Feb. 12, SGA started its weekly meeting off with a review of the Tiered Parking Model Proposal for the upcoming year. VSU Parking and Transportation Director Jill Ferrell and Auxiliary Services Director Shannon McGee explained the proposal to the gallery. Over the past few months, SGA, as a whole, worked with auxiliary services on editing the proposal to ...

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UPD arrests bike thief, ends crime wave

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, the VSU Police Department arrested a Valdosta man who stole two bikes on campus earlier this week. Ralph Donaldson, 58, is facing multiple charges including two counts of possession of tools during a commission of a crime, two counts of theft by taking and one count for criminal trespass with unlawful purpose. The total amount of ...

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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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Meet our new marketing manager: Azhia Smothers

The Spectator proudly introduces its new marketing manager, Azhia Smothers. Smothers is a junior English major at VSU who will strengthen The Spectator’s relationship with its readers. She will also help facilitate a viable, open forum for students’ voices to be heard using interactions with The Spectator as a platform. Smothers’ background includes a bachelor’s degree in communications from Jackson ...

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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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Striving for excellence, Chris Thompson aims to motivate VSU

Born in Tallahassee, Florida and raised in Suwanee, Georgia, Christopher Thompson splits up his jam-packed days between work, school organizations and classes. However, his real passion is helping people better themselves, and he somehow finds ways to incorporate that desire into everything he does. “There’s a drive in me that always pushes me to be a little bit better,” SGA ...

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Crime Report 1/29 – 2/4: Theft wave continues to go unanswered

Jan. 29, 2018 At 2:54 p.m., UPD responded to a staff member who reported a missing computer monitor from an office in the University Center. Jan. 30, 2018 At 2 p.m., UPD responded to a student who reported a theft of a bicycle from Hopper courtyard. At 3:35 p.m., UPD responded to a student who reported a theft of an ...

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