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2016-01-21

Flag football takes home second title in as many years

Written by Tiarra Bell, Staff Writer Winning a national championship is hard, but winning back-to-back national championships is historic; yet, the Nikes pulled it off with a cool demeanor. The Valdosta State University Nikes won the 2015-2016 National Intramural Recreational Sports Association Men’s National Flag Football Championship for the second year in a row. The Nikes and P-Rex traveled to ...

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Oregon militiamen’s treatment shows racial bias

Written by Tyra Mills, Social Media Editor On January 2nd, a group of militiamen walked into the Federal Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon and declared it their own. The standoff is happening at the headquarters for the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. They have been protesting for weeks now, allegedly due to an issue they have with the government and its ...

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SGA President addresses issues at first meeting

Written by Kyle Dawson, Photo Editor At the first meeting of the semester on Monday, SGA President David Burdette addressed the senators about some of the problems the organization had last semester as well as some upcoming events and news. “Last semester was a little rocky,” Burdette said, “I’m excited to be here, and we’re ready to get to work.” ...

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Mitchell lighting it up for the red-hot Lady Blazers

Written by Aldean Starr, Staff Writer The Valdosta State Lady Blazers basketball team needed to fill a significant scoring voide to have any chance at a title. It did just that and more by finding found a gem this past offseason in forward Madi Mitchell. Mitchell is a 6’1” sophomore from Warwick, Georgia who transferred to VSU from Mercer University. ...

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Sad attempt to defund Planned Parenthood fails: Obama vetos bill proposed by pro-life advocates

Written by Kenzie Kesselring, Opinions Editor Earlier this month, President Obama vetoed a bill proposed essentially by Republicans that would defund Planned Parenthood. This bill was a reaction to rumors from last year that Planned Parenthood was selling parts of aborted fetuses. It is no secret that our country is very polarized on the topic of abortion, but attempting to ...

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James LaPlant named new dean of VSU’s graduate school

Written by Tiarra Bell, Staff Writer After serving as the interim dean of Graduate School, James T. LaPlant is named the new dean of the Graduate School at Valdosta State University. LaPlant says that he plans to grow a fund for graduate student research, grow and support faculty research, implement 4 +1 programs, and pick up a bachelor’s degree and ...

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Savoie appointed Dean of Honors College

Written by Aldean Starr, Staff Writer Recently, VSU and the Honors College took a huge step forward by officially naming longtime Interim Dean Michael Savoie as the Dean of Honors College. The Honors College gives their honor students the opportunity to take enriched courses and participate in different types of activities. It is designed for different majors and the Honors ...

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Dr. Calvin Walker named Interim Director of African American studies

Written by Erin Martin, Staff Writer Along with changes to the faculty and staff at VSU, this semester Dr. Calvin Walker was appointed as the Interim Director of African American studies. Walker has been working at VSU for 31 years, and teaching for 38 years. The duties involved with the directory position include supervising the AFAM program, creating the schedule ...

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Sherri Noviello appointed Dean of College of Nursing

Written by Julia Rodriquez, Staff Writer Sheri Noviello keeps us healthy by ensuring that our nurses are properly educated.  Noviello is VSU’s new dean for the College of Nursing. She joined VSU in April of 2014 as an associate dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Three months later she was appointed interim dean and is now dean.  ...

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