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Letter to the Editor: SAVE says Biomass spells bad news for Valdosta and VSU

How many of y’all have heard of the Biomass Plant that has been proposed for Valdosta?  Many of ya’ll probably don’t know what Biomass is; I know I didn’t until about two years ago when this project first started. The Biomass plant is an incinerator that will burn sewage, sludge and tree “debris” in order to create energy. What’s the ...

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Card readers needed

 Anyone who has visited a room in Hopper, Georgia, or Reade Hall will notice how they differ from the other conventional halls on campus. Although they are obviously much easier on the eyes, the prices are harder on the pockets. With that being said, the most significant attribute these halls possess that others do not, are the card access locks ...

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People Poll: Do you feel safe on campus?

“I don’t feel safe because there are a lot of drug dealers around campus. There are lot drunks roaming around and I heard someone got raped, so there seems to be a lot of safety concerns on campus.” Britney Williams freshman art major “The only time that I don’t feel safe on campus is at night, especially when I’m walking ...

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Dorm policy irksome

 According to the housing changes for next school term, the upperclassman-dominated Georgia Hall at VSU will be reserved for underclassman, and with that change, Hopper will now only house upperclassmen.  In all honesty, this is ironic to me.  When you think about the situation, it seems as though Hopper and Georgia are switching places as far as living requirements are ...

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The bus system timing horrible

I attend VSU like the next person, and, like the next person, I utilize the buses. Transportation has become an issue. The constant inconsistency of the route is too much. I have classes at 3:30 and at 3 p.m., 3:15 p.m. or even 3:20 p.m. a bus can be at the stop to help  me from Centennial to class. There ...

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People Poll: How do you feel about cuts to HOPE and Pell awards?

“I am worried about paying for college later with the HOPE and Pell grants being cut because right now those are the two things that are mainly paying for me to go to school. Along with an academic competitiveness grant and a small loan. I’m trying to avoid loans at all cost, and with the HOPE and Pell grant cuts ...

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Don’t be small-minded

 Sept. 11 tainted America’s acceptance of Muslims.  Last year, people fought the idea of building an Islamic mosque near Ground Zero.  Now, there is an issue of Christians and Muslims worshipping in the same building.  Both Heartsong Christian Fellowship in Cordova, Tenn., and Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Va., have opened their doors to the Islamic community. Last September, ...

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HOPE cuts not unexpected

Not all HOPE is lost. Even though, the HOPE Scholarship has gone through some major changes since last week, students will still get some lottery-funded help.

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Editorial misses the real issue in the library

What is the definition of a “community member?”  As residents of Valdosta, Remerton, Lowndes County, and Valdosta State, it appears to me that all students of VSU are members of this community, whether it is temporary or not.  As I seem to recall, one of the purposes of many student organizations is to reach out to, and help the community; ...

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Work quality matters most

 We have all either heard about it or read it on our syllabus. Most of us were introduced to it on the first day of classes. I speak of the attendance policy that is incorporated into VSU’s curriculum.  According to the policy, students who miss 20 percent of class for that semester will receive an automatic ‘F’. In other words, ...

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