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EDITORIAL: Is our VSU degree worth the money?

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Is our degree at VSU worth it now? We have had this question rumbling through our mind for a while now. This question first arose after the flag controversy. VSU was front and center of the media spotlight. The bulb shining bright on that controversy eventually burned out, only to be replaced with a fresh bulb. This time, the drop ...

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Layoffs really bite: Debate rage over administration’s cuts to faculty, staff

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Written by John Preer & Jordan Barela, Editors-in-Chief and Tatyana Phelps, Managing Editor Two weeks into the 2015 fall semester, the VSU community is still adjusting to the announcement of the reduction in the size of the university’s faculty and staff. Prior to the start of the school year, 31 university employees were informed that their contracts would not be ...

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VSU welcomes new Interim President Dr. Cecil Staton; Staton talks with The Spectator on his plans for VSU

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Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief On July 1, 2015, the state of the administrative staff at VSU changed. Then acting President, Dr. William McKinney, served his last day having submitted his resignation a few months prior. With the president’s seat vacant, Dr. Staton was appointed by Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby to serve as the Interim President of VSU. Staton did ...

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Letter from an editor: Dear Juniors…

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Written by Tyra Mills, Social Media Editor This is a pivotal year for you. You are no longer a freshman, and you’ve survived sophomore year and it’s not quite time for graduation. Do you know where you’re going to live after graduation? Do you know where you want to work? Where do you see yourself in five years? These are ...

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Letter from an editor: Dear Sophomores…

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Written by Tatyana Phelps, Managing Editor To every student beginning his or her sophomore year, First off, I’ll start by saying congratulations! You survived your first year of college. You’re no longer a rookie and you have a bit of a better understanding of just how college works. However, there’s still a lot to learn and experience about college. For some of ...

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Letter from an editor: Dear freshmen…

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Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief  First off, welcome to Valdosta State University! You are about to begin your freshman year. The stereotype of what a freshman is, to put it simply, is outdated. A freshman is typically a fresh out of high school student, away from his or her parent(s) for the first time. With a taste of absolute freedom, ...

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Fall 2015 Convocation: “New students bring us new dreams.”

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Written by Kenzie Kesselring, Opinions Editor  Editor’s Note: To watch the full convocation, click the link here: Cecil Staton, the VSU Interim President gave the Fall Convocation last Monday in Whitehead Auditorium at 10 a.m. During the convocation, Dr. Staton addressed the importance of the incoming freshman class of VSU, and the importance of focusing on student retention and success in ...

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Letter from the editor: New look, same Spectator

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Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief    “The Spectator is the independent student newspaper of Valdosta State University.” This is the one thing that staff members and editors have been saying whenever someone asks about the paper, calling for an interview, or just simply describing the paper. There is one keyword in that phrase that is becoming dated: newspaper. The Spectator ...

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Dr. Rogers Steps Down as Provost

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Written by John Preer, Editor-in-Chief  Provost and Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Hudson Rogers, has stepped down from the position in order to resume teaching in the classroom.  Dr. Rogers will continue teaching as a tenured member of the Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration faculty.  Before taking on the role of provost, Dr. Rogers served as finance ...

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