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Beloved VSU professor passes away

On March 18, 2018, Valdosta State University Professor Dr.  Prosper Yao Tsikata, 45, passed away after exercising in the Physical Education Complex. According to Chief of Police Alan Rowe, Dr. Tsikata felt weak while exercising and collapsed. Soon after, four UPD officers who were also exercising in the P.E. Complex, responded to the situation. The officers used CPR to try ...

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Get to know LASA at VSU

VSU houses countless clubs and organizations. This is great because there is a place for everyone, but some just slip through the cracks. It can be a bit overwhelming at times to decide. Here at The Spectator want to highlight those that students may not be aware of. One group, in particular, is the Latin American Student Association (LASA). LASA ...

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UPD teaches students about drunk driving

On March 7, VSU Police hosted the Blazer Safety Maze, an event where students can see the effects of intoxicated driving. The Blazer Safety Maze took place on the VSU front lawn and was coordinated by Sgt. Heidi Browning. “We want to educate students and remind them of the dangers of driving intoxicated before spring break,” Browning said. Officers at ...

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A mapped out life: Maya Mapp looks to a bright future

Maya Mapp took her place as SGA president over two years ago. Since then she has shown a fiery passion for helping the student body and her surrounding peers, but before all of this, Mapp’s life never went according to plan. Mapp hails from Milledgeville, Georgia or “Millie Vegas” as she calls it. Here, she lived in a two-parent household ...

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CORE goes to the Grand Canyon

How are your spending your spring break? Near the beach soaking up all the sunlight? That is a typical spring break for most people, but VSU’s Center for Outdoor Recreation Events (CORE) has a different plan in mind. It involves going deep into the Earth. CORE will be taking a group of students to the Grand Canyon for spring break. ...

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‘Plates in the Park’ helps feed the homeless

On Saturdy, March 3, Replenish Women and the Collegiate Men of VSU collaborated for an event know as “Plates in the Park.” The event was held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. under the bridge downtown. Volunteers handed out food, hygiene packets, sheets and even clothes to residents of nearby shelters as well as any homeless person walking by. Story ...

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The Student Success Center gets a name change

Interests were piqued when, seemingly overnight, signs outside of VSU’s Student Success Center changed to reflect a new name. The true story behind it lie in the new changes to propel student success forward. Dr. Chere Peguesse, the director of the, now, Academic Support Center, made the decision to change the name of the center simply to decrease confusion. After ...

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SGA reveals potential end for a tuition fee

With only a few days until spring break, SGA held nothing back on Monday’s meeting as they moved forward in making VSU a better place for students. The meeting started off with Director of Campus Recreation, Shawn Phippen, who asked SGA a question: What would students do with an extra $30? Phippen informed SGA that the bond representing VSU’s debt ...

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‘Roots’ caps off Black History Month

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, the Collegiate Men of VSU collaborated with the Mu Omicron chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and NAACP to host the 2nd annual Roots scholarship dinner. This event took place in the Magnolia room in the University Center and allowed attendees a chance to win a $100 scholarship and an ATM voucher. The winner was ...

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SGA announces future alumni benefits, Blazer Safe Ride updates

On Monday, Feb. 26, SGA opened their weekly meeting with an introduction of a new proposal for campus recreation given by Shawn Phippen, Director of Campus Recreation. Phippen discussed post-college benefits for alumni living in Valdosta. “We are trying to reach those students who have graduated from here and still want to be involved with on-campus activities such as the ...

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