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Biology professor stands firm with lectures

Dr. Leslie Jones is teaching Evolution and the Diversity of Life again this spring after she was given an ultimatum in the fall by a dean that the content of her course needed to be altered. She is teaching section A of the course, which has 130 students. This class is an introductory biology course for non-majors. Although there were ...

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Biology professor given ultimatum by her dean after controversial lecture

A VSU biology professor said she was told to change her course lectures after a complaint by a parent. Since 2004, Dr. Leslie S. Jones, an associate professor of the biology department, has been known for teaching about topics surrounding the biological aspects of religion, sex and gender and race in her introductory biology course, BIOL 1010 “Evolution and the ...

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VSU continues to see a decrease in enrollment this fall semester

Although the pandemic is starting to die out and the world is trying to pick back up, VSU is still struggling to increase enrollment numbers. With the exception of a spike in fall 2020, enrollment has been down since the start of the pandemic. The Budget Council discussed enrollment at the meeting that took place on Oct. 21. Rodney Carr, ...

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“Crisis in the Humanities”: What’s going to Happen to the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department?

Effective on July 1, the philosophy and religious studies department will no longer be its own separate department and will instead be merged in with the history department. As a result of the upcoming retirement of Dr. Fred Downing, the Department Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies, it has been decided that at the end of the summer semester, students ...

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Board recommends Carvajal for VSU president

Written by Gabe Burns, Editor-in-Chief When Dr. Richard Carvajal spoke with students at a VSU forum Nov. 10, he said he had a special “love” for and connection to South Georgia that was “hard to understand.” It may be a lot easier to comprehend now. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia announced Thursday it recommends the ...

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Staton promises an unforgettable commencement during press conference

Written by Tatyana Phelps, Managing Editor Staton promises an unforgettable commencement A press conference was held in Interim President Dr. Cecil Staton’s office Thursday morning regarding recent changes to the Spring 2016 graduation on May 7. After much speculation on campus after the new graduation ceremony schedule was posted nearly two weeks ago, Dr. Staton set the record straight. There ...

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Dr. Calvin Walker named Interim Director of African American studies

Written by Erin Martin, Staff Writer Along with changes to the faculty and staff at VSU, this semester Dr. Calvin Walker was appointed as the Interim Director of African American studies. Walker has been working at VSU for 31 years, and teaching for 38 years. The duties involved with the directory position include supervising the AFAM program, creating the schedule ...

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

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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New interim president announced, will start term once McKinney steps down

by Cole Edwards A week after the surprise resignation of Dr. William McKinney, the Board of Regents has tapped a five-term Republican Georgia senator to take over the helm of VSU for the foreseeable future. University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced in a press release released late Wednesday afternoon that Dr. Cecil Staton would take over as VSU’s ...

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