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VSU hosts Google start up week

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Written by Julia Rodriquez The Google tech start up weekend is being hosted at VSU on June 17-18. The program is a chance to pitch business ideas, and work on making them a reality. Executives from industries such as Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft and more will be attending to give training on how to start and run a business. “A curator ...

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Communications, VSU trending upward

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Written by Gabe Burns, Editor-in-Chief “Everything that goes up must come down. But there comes a time when not everything that’s down can come up.” That quote, made famous by the late comedian George Burns, recognizes the reality that unfavorable conditions don’t always improve. Recently, VSU has undergone what most schools would consider unfavorable conditions. Since 2011, the university has ...

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Greek Week’s canned food drive ‘Canstruction’ raises more than a thousand cans

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Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief Canned food is not just for eating anymore. As part of the annual Greek Week, sororities and fraternities competed in an event called “Canstruction.” The event was held on the Pedestrian Mall, in front of Odum Library last Wednesday. During the event, Greeks utilized cans to create structures. There were a total of six teams. ...

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Out with Chartwells, in with Aramark

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Written by Julia Rodriquez, Asst. Opinions Editor Chartwells, the contracted food provider at VSU, lost the bid to resign a contract. Next year’s possible food provider is Aramark. Aramark is a business dating back to the 1930s when peanuts were sold out of the back of a young man’s old Dodge in Los Angeles. His name was Davre Davidson, the ...

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VSU Fishing Club qualifies to go to championship tournament

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Written by Kelsey Dickerson, Staff Writer A team from the VSU bass fishing club is headed to finals after a close weekend of qualifying. Senior criminal justice major Cody Clearly, the club’s secretary, and freshman marketing major Max Gresham, the club’s vice president, will travel to the 2017 Fishing League Worldwide championship after qualifying at the 2016 FLW College Open ...

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Parking tickets on the decline at VSU

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Written by Kenzie Kesselring, Opinions Editor Parking is a pain. It’s a pain for students. It’s a pain for teachers. It’s a pain for everyone. The cost of a parking ticket $15 and the cost of an extended parking ticket $20. The number of parking tickets for VSU students in one year is over 20,000. According to Jill Ferrell, VSU’s Director ...

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Bachelor’s degree: Is it the new high school diploma?

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Written by Tatyana Phelps, Managing Editor The bachelor’s degree has become the new high school diploma. It is the new base line standard degree that someone has to obtain to qualify to enter the work force. This gives students the conception that they can’t just stop after obtaining their undergrad degree. This belief tends to belittle a bachelor’s degree and ...

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Interim President Cecil Staton leaving Valdosta after serving one year

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Written by Jada Dukes, Staff Writer Interim president Cecil Staton will soon announce his selection for the new Vice President of the office of Student Affairs. Upon his arrival in July 2015, Dr. Staton had appointed Dr. James Gregory Archibald to the position as Interim Vice President. In an email sent out to the students and faculty, Dr. Staton stated ...

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The Manifestation of Depression

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Written by Julia Rodriquez, Asst. Opinons Editor She sits near the woods at the far end of an overgrown garden patio.   Staring, past the faded cobblestone zigzagged with cracks and grass, at the old crumbling house she once lived in.  Everyone who lived there is dead.  Her parents are dead.  Her siblings are dead.  She hasn’t seen another human being ...

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Free counseling groups available to VSU students

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Written by Kelsey Dickerson, Staff Writer The counseling center is a great resource for free counseling if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed and need someone to talk to. Each semester counselors offer a variety of therapy groups to help students figure out their problems alongside one another, in addition to or instead of meeting a counselor one-on-one. This semester, the counseling ...

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