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Out with Chartwells, in with Aramark

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Written by Julia Rodriquez, Asst. Opinions Editor Chartwells, the contracted food provider at VSU, lost the bid to resign a contract. Next year’s possible food provider is Aramark. Aramark is a business dating back to the 1930s when peanuts were sold out of the back of a young man’s old Dodge in Los Angeles. His name was Davre Davidson, the ...

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VSU Fishing Club qualifies to go to championship tournament

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Written by Kelsey Dickerson, Staff Writer A team from the VSU bass fishing club is headed to finals after a close weekend of qualifying. Senior criminal justice major Cody Clearly, the club’s secretary, and freshman marketing major Max Gresham, the club’s vice president, will travel to the 2017 Fishing League Worldwide championship after qualifying at the 2016 FLW College Open ...

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Parking tickets on the decline at VSU

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Written by Kenzie Kesselring, Opinions Editor Parking is a pain. It’s a pain for students. It’s a pain for teachers. It’s a pain for everyone. The cost of a parking ticket $15 and the cost of an extended parking ticket $20. The number of parking tickets for VSU students in one year is over 20,000. According to Jill Ferrell, VSU’s Director ...

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Bachelor’s degree: Is it the new high school diploma?

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Written by Tatyana Phelps, Managing Editor The bachelor’s degree has become the new high school diploma. It is the new base line standard degree that someone has to obtain to qualify to enter the work force. This gives students the conception that they can’t just stop after obtaining their undergrad degree. This belief tends to belittle a bachelor’s degree and ...

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Interim President Cecil Staton leaving Valdosta after serving one year

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Written by Jada Dukes, Staff Writer Interim president Cecil Staton will soon announce his selection for the new Vice President of the office of Student Affairs. Upon his arrival in July 2015, Dr. Staton had appointed Dr. James Gregory Archibald to the position as Interim Vice President. In an email sent out to the students and faculty, Dr. Staton stated ...

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The Manifestation of Depression

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Written by Julia Rodriquez, Asst. Opinons Editor She sits near the woods at the far end of an overgrown garden patio.   Staring, past the faded cobblestone zigzagged with cracks and grass, at the old crumbling house she once lived in.  Everyone who lived there is dead.  Her parents are dead.  Her siblings are dead.  She hasn’t seen another human being ...

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Free counseling groups available to VSU students

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Written by Kelsey Dickerson, Staff Writer The counseling center is a great resource for free counseling if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed and need someone to talk to. Each semester counselors offer a variety of therapy groups to help students figure out their problems alongside one another, in addition to or instead of meeting a counselor one-on-one. This semester, the counseling ...

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History lesson: when people stood against sexual assault

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Written by Olivia Studdard, Staff Writer The color teal may have been extremely prominent on VSU’s campus this month, and many students are wondering what it represents. Teal is the focus color of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which takes place every April. All throughout the month of April, teal ribbons and the slogans, “It’s About Time to Prevent Sexual Violence. Speak ...

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A look into the mental health of Valdosta State

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Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief The phrase “it’s all in your head” is something that is all too familiar. Because of this phrase, mental health is something that people rarely talk about. A college campus is the ideal place where the topic of mental health is a tricky subject. College often comes with anxiety, stress and depression. While it is ...

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‘Take Back The Night” educates students on sexual assault

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Written by Erin Martin, Staff Writer Tuesday night, VSU hosted “Take Back the Night,” an annual sexual assault awareness forum for students held in the Student Union Ballrooms. The event was hosted and sponsored by Office of Social Equity, Office of Health Promotions, The Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force. The purpose of this event was to acknowledge the ...

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