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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, ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 »