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Spring 2016

Concert Review: Renowned drummer gets percussive at jazz concert

Written by Julie Jernigan, Staff Writer On Tuesday night, Valdosta State held a Jazz Appreciation Month concert in Whitehead Auditorium, featuring the Jazz Ensemble and guest drummer John David. Under the direction of David Springfield, the band performed in front of a fairly packed audience, and a well deserved standing ovation. John David is the Director of Jazz and Percussion ...

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Why is mental health not treated like physical health?

Written by Olivia Studdard, Staff Writer Two girls walk into a hospital, both with legitimate medical concerns. One tells the nurse that she fell down and broke her arm, the other says that she suffers from depression and is on the verge of a mental breakdown. Yet the hospital only treats one of the girls. Society makes it no mystery ...

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Blazers hot streak comes to an end

Written by Austin Wells, Staff Writer VSU versus West Georgia had the looks of an “unstoppable force meeting an immovable object” matchup, but as it turned out, it was a one-sided clash. With nine wins in their last ten games, the Blazer baseball team looked take out the Wolves, a team just as hot as VSU having won 11 in ...

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The NFL should acknowledge CTE

Written by Gabe Burns, Sports Editor As Jamaal Charles finds a gap, he explodes 20 yards into the open field until tackled by Raiders defenders. Just a “football play,” as it’s so often described by fans. But each one of those plays is much bigger than what the spectators see. According to Boston University, Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is ...

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The Major Keys to Success

Written by Miles Brown, Staff Writer The Office of Career Opportunities and Housing and Residence Life are having an event called “The Major Keys to Success.” This name is also a spin on DJ Khaled’s popular “major keys” saying. DJ Khaled is also a perfect example of someone who has the ability to brand himself and effectively sell whatever he ...

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The Manifestation of Depression

Written by Julia Rodriquez, Asst. Opinons Editor She sits near the woods at the far end of an overgrown garden patio.   Staring, past the faded cobblestone zigzagged with cracks and grass, at the old crumbling house she once lived in.  Everyone who lived there is dead.  Her parents are dead.  Her siblings are dead.  She hasn’t seen another human being ...

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Free counseling groups available to VSU students

Written by Kelsey Dickerson, Staff Writer The counseling center is a great resource for free counseling if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed and need someone to talk to. Each semester counselors offer a variety of therapy groups to help students figure out their problems alongside one another, in addition to or instead of meeting a counselor one-on-one. This semester, the counseling ...

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5 Top Best and Worst Dressed Athletes

Written by Erin Martin, Staff Writer Our reporter Erin Martin offers her take on professional athletes and their styles: Dwayne Wade has great fashion sense whenever he steps off the court. He comes in first on public polls, and in the popular opinion of many fashion critics. Wade along with his wife Gabrielle Union were named the Best Dressed Couple in ...

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Atheist group holds protest because of university’s implementation of prayer room for Muslim students

Written by Geneva Crooks, Staff Writer An Atheist group held a protest at the University of Iowa after the implementation of prayer rooms for Muslim students. The University of Iowa decided to open two prayer rooms for Muslim students and they are now facing legal action. A group of Atheists called the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) started to question ...

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