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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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BREAKING: Bond appeal decision in Sheppard case not made

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Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief  The decision for bond on appeal for Eric Sheppard has not been announced as of Wednesday. Sheppard, 21, was transported to the Lowndes County Jail, after being arrested last month. Sheppard was denied bond earlier this month. Sheppard was arrested on June 4 in Tampa, FL, after hiding from law enforcement. In April, Sheppard was charged with ...

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BREAKING: Eric Sheppard arrested.

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Eric Sheppard at the April 20 rally.

Written by Kenzie Kesselring, Opinions Editor  Eric Sheppard was arrested Thursday morning in Tampa, Florida. After being arrested, Sheppard was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail. He will remain there until he can be brought back to Lowndes County. Authorities have been searching for Eric Sheppard since April 22, after he allegedly brought a handgun onto Valdosta State’s campus. Throughout ...

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A phish out of an email; a recent phishing attack sent through VSU emails

The malicious email that was sent to VSU email users.

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief    UPDATE: Shawn Merdinger provides more clarity on a statement in the article. He states that “this particular phishing attack email did not contain a malicious attachment or contain embedded code that would compromise the user.” Merdinger also states that “users should be wary when opening any email, especially attachments like .zip and .doc files, ...

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The VSU Spring 2015 Graduating Class

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Here’s to the Spring 2015 Graduating Class! ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE Elizabeth Caroline Barnes Delaney Diane Priscilla Caballero Brendan Michael Collins Anne Dorris Combs Isaiah Rishard Edwards Tammy Elaine Gladysz Eric Gustafson Heather LeBlanc Jasmine Danielle Lee Akeem Rashad Roberts George David Thrasher Malcom Khaliq Webb     ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE   Rebecca Brooke Altman Lauren Bennett Conine ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 a ...

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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 now ...

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

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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 firestorm ...

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