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Editorial: Mental health needs more spotlight at VSU

Mental health does not get enough light shined on it. Social media influencers post a picture of themselves in a face mask and call it “self-care” and advise people to take time for that “self-care.” People who suffer from depression and anxiety know that a face mask and candles are not what is going to make them feel like themselves ...

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Spectator readers have spoken

Two weeks ago, the Spectator’s top story was about Chipotle coming to Valdosta this fall. In response to this news, the Spectator newsroom got to thinking about what other restaurants our readers would like to see offered in the City of Valdosta. The Spectator Newsletter decided to offer a poll to see what readers would like to see. The Spectator ...

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Are you offended by these team names or just bored?

What do sports teams who are—or used to be—named after Apaches, Braves, Indians, Mohawks, Redmen, Warriors, etc. have in common? People who love to manufacture stories and narratives that accuse others of being hateful find them very offensive. I’ll tell you what: I could not care any less about what a football team chooses to call itself, barring that they ...

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Column: COVID-19 brings uncertainties to studying abroad

VSU is hoping to complete a study abroad program, led by English language director David Starling, in summer 2022. Starling, who has been at VSU for twenty years, has lead study abroad programs since 2001. VSU has been unable to do in-person study abroad programs for two years due to COVID-19. Starling said the safety of going to Japan was ...

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Cheerleading isn’t a sport, it’s an Olympic sport

Well, a lot of people aren’t going to like this, but those people aren’t paying close enough attention to what this new ruling is saying. In July 2021, the International Olympic Committee voted to recognize competitive cheerleading as an official sport in the Olympics. They also voted to recognize rock climbing, skateboarding and break dancing as official Olympic sports. Before ...

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Amari Jones is one of a few redeeming qualities of Titletown High

*Spoiler Alert* Thanks to “Titletown High,” Netflix reality TV has made its way to Valdosta to document the Valdosta High School football program, a couple of key players and a couple of not-so-key players. It was filled with all story, drama, faux “off-camera” moments and cringe that we have come to expect from reality TV. There were a couple of ...

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People Poll: What are some weekend activities you suggest for college students?

Mckayla Davis, a freshman nursing major “I’ll go to events on campus. I actually went to The Happening. I have also gone to Wild Adventures on weekends.” Landen Browning, a freshman chemistry major “I like to go to the movies and eat out on the weekends. I love spending time with my friends.” Benjamin Kotty, a senior computer information systems ...

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People poll: What’s your favorite Starbucks drink?

Ella Rose Clifford, dual-enrolled pre-med major “My favorite drink is the mango dragon fruit lemonade refresher because it is good, and I don’t like the taste of coffee.” Katlyn Hambrick, a freshman biology major “My favorite drink is the Vanilla Bean Creme because it is a vanilla flavor, and I like everything vanilla.” Iyanan Mitchell, a sophomore nursing major “My ...

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Editorial: You are stronger than you realize

VSU students, as we continue to face unforeseeable times during this fatal pandemic, we must realize how resilient we are in this situation. The world as we know it is changing in ways that we never thought would happen. We often learned about pandemics such as the Black Death and 1918 Influenza outbreak, but we never predicted that we would ...

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Here’s to the return of football and a bit of normalcy this fall

Last fall was a dark one in the halls of VSU. The thrills and excitement of a Saturday down south, or rather a Saturday down in Valdosta, were nowhere to be found as the football team was forced to forgo their 2020 season. We all know how pervasive COVID-19 has been throughout the world, and we have all felt its ...

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Disability Pride Month holds deep significance

July is considered Disability Pride Month to positively acknowledge the diversity among disabilities and to remember how far we’ve come in making the world an accessible place. On July 26, 1990, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed to prohibit discrimination against disabled people, and according to the ADA anniversary website, the first Disability Pride celebration was in Boston ...

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Current COVID-19 Stats for Valdosta State University

Check the current number of cases on the VSU campus here!