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Job Market Decline

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Written by: Erin Martin, Staff Writer  In America, it is no secret that getting into the job market is not as easy as it once was. Even more, college graduates are having difficulty finding their dream job for the major they’ve studied right after they graduate. The current national employment rate in the United States is 5.5 percent, which is the ... Read More »

Campus crime decreases, students don’t see the results

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Writen by: Jyrell Wynn, Staff Writer Ann Farmer, the assistant director of the VSUPD, states that crime has not surged on campus. According to the crime statistics report, rape, robbery and aggravated assault are just some of the crime that decreased dramatically. From 2011 to 2013, documented robberies have declined from 111 to just 70, according to VSU police clergy ... Read More »

Model United Nations places highs at national competition

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Written by: Jamel Shorter, Staff Writer VSU has many hidden talents and hardworking students that aren’t in the everyday spotlight, and some of these students are in the VSU chapter of the Model United Nations. The Model United Nations is an academic competition in which students engage in diplomacy, matters about international relations and the United Nations. It ideally is ... Read More »

Dead Day gone

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Written by: Cole Edwards, Multimedia Editor Enjoy yourself Tuesday on “dead day” because there’s not another one coming along at least through 2020. Last year at this time, President William J. McKinney approved a schedule devised by the faculty-senate that will take effect this fall. The final schedule we have been accustomed to will be changed. The new calendar will ... Read More »

Still Wanted: Support group for wanted protestor plans to raise thousands of dollars


Written by: Cole Edwards, Multimedia Editor Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress expressed his annoyance Monday over a group of supporters claiming that his police department is treating Eric Sheppard wrongly, just as Sheppard’s family has hired a lawyer who is calling on the community to support what they are referring to as a “protestor’s activism.” Sheppard created a national media ... Read More »

SGA passes series of resolutions based on recent campus events

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Written by: Kayla Stroud, Web Editor VSU’s Student Government Association approved of a series of resolutions Monday night, including consideration for student parking on Georgia Avenue and a position statement on the current flag controversy. Several of the resolutions were in reaction to last week’s protest in which several students stepped on the American flag and a veteran was detained ... Read More »

Day of reaffirmation

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Written by: Tatyana Phelps, Copy Editor After Eric “EJ” Sheppard and others walked on an American flag on Friday as part of a protest, many across the country are now blasting VSU for allowing the protest to happen. In response to this criticism, VSU President William McKinney is postponing his annual State of the University address and calling for a ... Read More »

Freedom of speech at VSU on FIRE

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Written by: Kailee Kivett, Staff Writer VSU is in the red, and not in the money sense. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) categorizes VSU as a Red Light University, which means that VSU has at least one policy that FIRE says clearly and significantly restricts freedom of speech. FIRE’s  grading system for these policies is Red Light ... Read More »

American flag supporters rally around campus, remain peaceful


Written by: John Stephen, Print Editor  One week after protesters walked on the American flag at Valdosta State’s campus, hundreds of students, veterans and community members rallied along VSU’s perimeter under a clear blue sky to show support for the American flag. Around 1,000 people took part in the “Flags Over VSU” demonstration – according to Valdosta Police Chief Brian ... Read More »

Remembering VSU student Vicki Sanders

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Writen by: Jyrell Wynn, Staff Writer On April 10, VSU student Vicki Sanders passed away, nine days before her 47th birthday. In an email sent on April 16, VSU President William McKinney announced Sanders’ death to the VSU community. Sanders, a junior speech communications major, was a full-time student, activist and parent all at once during her time at VSU. ... Read More »