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Joe Biden follows through with 100-day agenda

President Biden transitioned various COVID-19 related policies within his first few days in office. So far, President Biden is ahead of schedule when it comes to his urgency in accomplishing each aspect of his “100-day agenda”. On just day one, President Biden reversed multiple Trump orders including Rejoining the WHO (World Health Organization), Rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, Formation of ...

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Newly signed election reform law stirs controversy

A new law aimed at reforming the election process in Georgia has brought much attention to the peach state. The law, signed by Governor Brian Kemp and formally known as the Election Integrity Act of 2021, takes precise measures to overhaul voting requirements and procedures. Some of the key parts of the law include requiring an ID number to apply ...

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Column: Asian-American hate crimes need to come to an end

On March 16, a mass shooting occurred at a local Atlanta Asian-owned nail salon and spa. Robert Aaron Long shot eight victims with six dying from their injuries. According to BBC News, police say Mr. Long claims that the shooting was not racially motivated but admits to the shooting. If you ask me, the attack could have been racially motivated ...

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Relief Grant Funds distributed to students

A second round of the CARES Act, now known as the Higher Education Relief Fund, was distributed to eligible students’ accounts on April 1. The HERF grant is $4.6 million and is meant to help students who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Each eligible student received $100 in their student banner account automatically but can choose to apply for ...

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People Poll: Will you be getting the vaccine?

Isaiah Wallace, junior communications major “The right to say yes or no to being vaccinated is an individual choice. With that being said, my choice is to participate in the country’s vaccination effort not only for my health but to also put in consideration of the people’s health around me including my loved ones who are already ill.” Jameion Capps, ...

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The Spectator receives multiple awards at annual state journalism conference

The Spectator won eight awards, including two first-place awards, at the Georgia College Press Association (GCPA) Better Newspaper contest held virtually on Feb. 19. The Spectator competes against 19 other newspapers including the largest colleges in the state: UGA, Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University. Notably, the Spectator won an award in all coverage categories. The staff receive ...

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A.C.T.I.O.N. pushes for the renaming of Forrest Street

A.C.T.I.O.N, a sociology and anthropology club at VSU, is currently petitioning for a change of “Forrest Street” to “Barack Obama Boulevard.” A.C.T.I.O.N stands for A Chance To Initiate Opportunities Now and is organized by David Davis, a graduate student and passionate activist. The club is consistently pushing for social change in Valdosta. Forrest Street is named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, ...

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Will the Biden Administration make student debt forgiveness a reality?

Since the Biden administration’s inception, the consensus was that having a Democrat president again would open the door for progressive ideas to become legislated. One of those progressive ideas is forgiving student debt. But ever since Biden said he would forgive up to $10,000 rather than $50,000 in student debt at a recent town hall, the question remains: Could a ...

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Lowndes County reopens Kendrick Johnson case

In January 2013, 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was found dead, rolled up in a gym mat upside down at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, GA. On March 10, eight years after the initial incident, the case is reopened. Lowndes County Sheriff, Ashley Paulk reopened the case due to receiving new documents he requested from federal investigators two years ago after being ...

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VSU finally receives COVID vaccine

VSU received doses of the COVID-19 vaccine yesterday, March 9. VSU President, Dr. Richard Carvajal said, “They are Moderna doses, they came from the Department of Public Health and we believe it is enough to work with our 1A group.” 1A group are those who are 65 and older or have health conditions, etc. Appointments are now being set up. ...

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False allegations of attempted poisoning at VSU

VSU police looked  into allegations of an attempted poisoning incident which occurred at the Oak Street Parking Deck Monday. Around 11:30 p.m. on Monday, March 1, two students were moving their cars from Oak parking deck when they noticed two people walking around. “My friend saw two sketchy people,” said one of the students, a visiting friend who said she ...

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Current COVID-19 Stats for Valdosta State University

Check the current number of cases on the VSU campus here!