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Tanked: Gas prices extremely low in Valdosta, lowest since 2009

Sally Poppe, right, demonstrates filling her car at the hydrogen fuel station on Oct. 21, 2014 at Hydrogen Frontier Inc. in Burbank, Calif., owned by her husband Dan Poppe, left. Automakers are turning to another new technology - hydrogen fuel cells that have zero emissions. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Written by Julie Jernigan, Staff Writer You’ve probably heard that gas prices have, well…tanked. The last time gas prices were this low was in 2009, and many VSU students were just starting high school.  According to GasBuddy, on Sunday, Valdosta’s lowest price was $1.64, which is up seven cents from last week, but all stations are still under two dollars. ...

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Shuttle program to offer assistance for those in need

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Written by Kelsey Dickerson, Staff Writer A new public transit system is coming to Valdosta this year that could help students without access to cars get off campus and into the city. The route mapped out by the new shuttles will include nine stops but won’t come directly to VSU. JD Dillard, coordinator of the Transit and Mobility Department of ...

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VSU Student Health Center now providing on call nurses

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Written by Tatyana Phelps, Managing Editor Once doors are locked and “open” signs are flipped to “closed” when 5 p.m. hits, services at the Student Health Center will only be a call away. After SGA reached out to VSU’s Student Health Center, they are now providing an after-hours on call nurse service to students. “Offering the service was a great ...

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Valdosta to house Trump headquarters

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks after coming in second place at his Iowa caucus night gathering in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (Dennis Van Tine/Abaca Press/TNS)

Written by Kenzie Kesselring, Opinions Editor Valdosta voters could add a bump for Trump. The reality-star-turned-Republican candidate is setting up shop in Valdosta. The headquarters will be located on North Valdosta Road and will open on Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. with a free public event. The grand opening of the center will be run by Lowndes County Trump Manager Barbra ...

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Georgia governor signs in new law

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Written by Jyrell Wynn, Correspondent Michael’s Law passed in Georgia It’s Friday night and time to party with friends, but don’t forget to bring your parents. This will be the reality for many underage college students as Georgia passed Michael’s Law in July. Michael’s Law is also referred to as House Bill 152. This new law will require minors to ...

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Staton promises an unforgettable commencement during press conference

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Written by Tatyana Phelps, Managing Editor Staton promises an unforgettable commencement A press conference was held in Interim President Dr. Cecil Staton’s office Thursday morning regarding recent changes to the Spring 2016 graduation on May 7. After much speculation on campus after the new graduation ceremony schedule was posted nearly two weeks ago, Dr. Staton set the record straight. There ...

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Campus Rec gets a facelift

The Campus Recreation Center  circuit room will be replaced by  with a cross fit training  room within two months. All the current equipment  will be removed. (Photo Courtesy Tierra Bell/THE SPECTATOR)

Written by Tierra Bell, Staff Writer The Department of Campus Recreation has plans to repurpose the upstairs area to assist different students. The circuit room, which is located upstairs on the left side near the restrooms, will serve as a CrossFit training area. “We discovered the circuit room doesn’t see as much use as we would like,” Shawn Phippen, associate ...

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Study abroad offers a variety of options

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Written by Geneva Crooks, Staff Writer If the thought of traveling the world while earning college credits sounds like a dream come true, perhaps studying abroad should be considered. VSU offers an extensive study abroad program with nearly endless possibilities of what students can learn and where they can go. Benefits to studying abroad don’t only include seeing the world ...

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VSU student slain in shooting, suspects arrested

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Written by Tatyana Phelps, Managing Editor A VSU student and three other suspects were arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with a shooting that resulted in the death of another VSU student on Monday. According to the Valdosta Daily Times, sophomore Lenton Swint was found with a bullet wound to the head on the front doorway of a duplex residence on ...

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Spring graduation pushed to one day

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Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief Spring commencement will be a late bloomer this year. On Monday, the commencement schedule for the spring 2016 graduates was changed. The confirmation of the change came from VSU’s official Twitter account. In the past, commencement ceremonies have been held on Friday and Saturday. The change has moved all the commencement ceremonies to Saturday, May ...

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