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Spring 2016

Parking tickets on the decline at VSU

Written by Kenzie Kesselring, Opinions Editor Parking is a pain. It’s a pain for students. It’s a pain for teachers. It’s a pain for everyone. The cost of a parking ticket $15 and the cost of an extended parking ticket $20. The number of parking tickets for VSU students in one year is over 20,000. According to Jill Ferrell, VSU’s Director ...

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AMC its theater texting ban…then changes its mind

Written by Miles Brown, Staff Writer Last Friday, AMC scrapped plans to allow theater patrons to text during movies. The AMC Ceo decided on this based on the negative response the policy received from critics and moviegoers. The policy was first introduced as a way to attract millennials. However, many moviegoers decided against this measure, one man Jeremy Conrad said ...

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Softball earns first bye in GSC tournament

Written by Terrance Johnson, Staff Writer The bases were loaded and everyone came home as the Blazers beat Delta State 9-3. As an added bonus, West Georgia fell to Shorter 1-0, allowing the Blazers to jump into second place and earn a first-round bye heading into the Gulf South Conference Tournament this week in Florence, Alabama. With the victory, the ...

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Pro/Con: Are new, stricter voter ID laws more protective or restrictive?

PRO Written by Meaghan Bitters Asst. Advertising Manager Georgia is one of nine states with strict voter laws that require photo ID. Georgia’s voter ID law enforces strict photo ID at the polling place. If the voter doesn’t have the required ID, he or she has to vote on a provisional ballot, and the voter has three days to return ...

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Bachelor’s degree: Is it the new high school diploma?

Written by Tatyana Phelps, Managing Editor The bachelor’s degree has become the new high school diploma. It is the new base line standard degree that someone has to obtain to qualify to enter the work force. This gives students the conception that they can’t just stop after obtaining their undergrad degree. This belief tends to belittle a bachelor’s degree and ...

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Blazer baseball bounces back against Delta State

Written by Austin Wells, Staff Writer After getting swept by West Georgia in their last series, the VSU Blazer baseball team looked to bounce back against another conference rival in Delta State University. The series started last Saturday with Game 1 of an afternoon doubleheader, where the Blazers couldn’t get back in the win column. VSU would get out to ...

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Last planetarium show of season ‘Radio Universe’ comes to VSU

Written by Kelsey Dickerson, Asst. College Life Editor Last Friday the Planetarium presented “The Radio Universe”, the final presentation in a series that ran throughout this past school year. “The Radio Universe,” presented by Dr. Cecelia Barnbaum, took the audience on a tour of the universe through radio wave imaging. Dr. Barnbaum explained how radio waves, which are usually associated ...

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The Heavy Pets rock Ashley Street Station

Written by Kyle Dawson, Photo Editor One of the hottest and most versatile jam bands in the country was in Valdosta last Friday night as The Heavy Pets took the stage at Ashley Street Station. The Heavy Pets, who are from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., have been releasing music for about ten years. The band has released three albums and four ...

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Interim President Cecil Staton leaving Valdosta after serving one year

Written by Jada Dukes, Staff Writer Interim president Cecil Staton will soon announce his selection for the new Vice President of the office of Student Affairs. Upon his arrival in July 2015, Dr. Staton had appointed Dr. James Gregory Archibald to the position as Interim Vice President. In an email sent out to the students and faculty, Dr. Staton stated ...

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Editorial: What we want in a new president

On June 30, the president’s chair at Valdosta State will be vacant. Again. On Wednesday, Interim President Cecil Staton was appointed as the new chancellor of East Carolina University. Until June 30, Dr. Staton will still serve as the Interim President of VSU. We at The Spectator want to congratulate Dr. Staton on his great news and wish him nothing ...

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