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VSU says “End It” to worldwide slavery

On Feb. 22, Valdosta State University hosted the first annual End It Movement event. The End It Movement is an anti-sex slavery movement where people pledge to be advocates, raise awareness and help fight against sex trafficking. During the ceremony, students, faculty and staff all gathered for stories, a candle vigil, prayer and words from Taylor O’Neal, a sexual assault ...

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The Spectator wins awards at Georgia College Press Association conference

The Spectator, VSU’s campus news organization, earned nine state-wide journalism awards at the Georgia College Press Association’s annual conference and ceremony on Friday, Feb 16. GCPA hosts a conference every year in February. This year it was held at the University of Georgia in Athens at the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library. “The trip to GCPA is always a ...

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VSU Out of the Darkness walks to raise money, awareness for suicide prevention

Students and community members will walk “Out of the Darkness” on March 3 to raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFP). This will be VSU’s second annual Out of the Darkness campus walk. Individual students and groups have already raised over $1,000 of the $5,000 goal. According to their website, AFP uses the funds from the walks ...

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Student becomes fraud victim in attempt to “flip” money

On Thursday, Feb. 8, a VSU student fell victim to fraud after being misled into a “flip it” money scheme. Freshman chemistry major Anisia Banks, 19, filed a police report on Tuesday, Feb. 13, almost a week after the theft occurred. According to the police report, Banks encountered her friend, Christian, who was accompanied by an unnamed black male. The ...

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SGA announces new bike service, parking survey

On Monday, Feb. 19, SGA began its meeting off with an inspirational message from Sen. Bob Greenbaum. Greenbaum opened the floor for discussion to the question: “What makes a good leader?” The floor sat silent, but Greenbaum came prepared with the answer. “The art of influencing and directing people in a way that will win their obedience, confidence, respect and ...

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NAACP celebrates Black History Month with the “N Word”

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People kicked off Black History Month with a discussion of the “n word.” The event,”N Word,” was hosted by NAACP Historian Tyler Gibbs and NAACP Membership Coordinator Quiane Turner. The event gave people of different races the opportunity to give their thoughts on how the “n word” should be used. Photos by ...

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Crime Report 2/5 – 2/13: Theft inherently remains on-campus

Feb. 5, 2018 At 10:54 a.m., a student reported a bicycle theft from the east side rack at Georgia Residence Hall. Feb. 7, 2018 At 6:02 a.m., UPD arrested Valdosta resident Ralph Donaldson, 58, in connection to a recent wave of bicycle thefts across campus. At 7 p.m., a student reported the theft of their wallet from the Student Union ...

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SGA reviews new parking plan, energizer booths

On Monday, Feb. 12, SGA started its weekly meeting off with a review of the Tiered Parking Model Proposal for the upcoming year. VSU Parking and Transportation Director Jill Ferrell and Auxiliary Services Director Shannon McGee explained the proposal to the gallery. Over the past few months, SGA, as a whole, worked with auxiliary services on editing the proposal to ...

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VSU ignites The Bonfire blog

On Monday, Feb. 12, the VSU website announced that “The Bonfire is now live.” The Bonfire coins itself as “the official blog of Blazer Nation.” “We’ve had the idea for a while now, but we’ve been actively dreaming up ideas, creating content, and designing Bonfire about five months now,” Halle Zimmerman, VSU’s communications specialist, said. Jessica Pope, the communications and ...

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UPD arrests bike thief, ends crime wave

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, the VSU Police Department arrested a Valdosta man who stole two bikes on campus earlier this week. Ralph Donaldson, 58, is facing multiple charges including two counts of possession of tools during a commission of a crime, two counts of theft by taking and one count for criminal trespass with unlawful purpose. The total amount of ...

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