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Featured Photographer: Seth Willard of Urban Lights Photography

Seth Willard is the photo-editor of The Spectator at VSU. Willard started his own photography business named Urban Lights Photography this past spring. Willard’s work is known for his use of outdoor scenes and the incorporation of naturally lit settings. Urban Lights Photography was created to exhibit Seth Willard’s artistic style of portrait photography. Urban Lights launched their website in ...

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‘Be there for the big things’: Bell looks to a philanthropic future

It’s a hard job juggling school, work and organizations, but regardless of the struggle, Jacob Bell hopes to leave a legacy that inspires others to the same drive to see room for change. Bell’s greatest concern has always been others and making sure they have an outlet to feel heard and valued; however, this concern has not always been given ...

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Spotlight: Former alumna becomes VSU director

This year VSU has gained not just a new set of eager freshman for the 2018 fall semester, but also a new staff member to guide and provide them with ample opportunities to feel included. Sandra Jones became VSU’s director of Student Diversity and Inclusion on June 22. As the former employee relations coordinator, Jones knows she must welcome all ...

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Letter from the editor: A new era for The Spectator

Transparency, accuracy and consistency. Or at least the pursuit of it. Those are the three commitments I can make to the readers of our newspaper. The last two years have been transition years for us at The Spectator. We’ve moved from weekly print production to monthly print production all while redesigning and restructuring our website to handle the mass digital ...

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Spectator Spotlight: Reed Burkett

By: Zenobia Harris Reed Burkett, one of VSU’s own mass media alumni, hopes he never wakes up. Currently living in Los Angeles, California, fulfilling his childhood dream of being an actor, Burkett spent his early years in Alma, Georgia, where he first discovered his passion for comedy, film and improv. “I grew up running around with a video camcorder in ...

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VSU plays West Georgia in third round of D-2 playoffs

Written by: Alex Tostado   The No. 21 Valdosta State football team returns home for the third round of the Division-II playoffs. The Blazers will face No. 25 West Georgia Wolves, a Gulf South Conference opponent on Saturday at noon. VSU tamed the wolves fairly easily in October with a commanding 40-6 home victory. VSU had 586 offensive yards compared ...

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Pride of VSU: Organization helps recruit football players

Written by: Allison Thorpe Football. America’s most loved sport. But all the tailgating, touchdowns, and tears hinge on one of the most tedious and thought-out processes of the game: recruiting. What many fans aren’t aware of is how a player chooses a school. Not only do coaches hunt for the best of the best to play for their team, but ...

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Students deserve academic forgiveness

Please forgive us. For many students, college is a big adjustment that comes with even bigger mistakes. Unfortunately, some of those mistakes include getting bad grades that will haunt us for the rest of our collegiate careers. The Academic Forgiveness Policy that SGA passed will allow student records to reflect only the highest grade that a student receives in a ...

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VSU to host events to liven holiday spirits

    Written by: Lia Armistead The holiday season is upon us and VSU is hosting many events in the next week to help students, faculty and staff get in the holiday spirit while finishing the semester. VSU community members have an opportunity to help a child in need this holiday season by becoming a Holiday Helper. “For a child ...

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VSU hoops faces Lions, Chargers

This story was written by Shane Thomas.  The Blazers (5-1) begin Gulf South Conference play on the road tonight against the North Alabama Lions (3-3). The Lions, led by head coach Bobby Champagne, are the defending GSC champions. The Lions ended the Blazers season last year in the GSC tournament semifinals 88-79. The Blazers have lost eight straight against the ...

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