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Fall 2023 Semester Underway at VSU

August has arrived and so has the fall semester at Valdosta State University. The scenic campus is once again teeming with life. Students have locked in their classes for the rest of the year and are settling into the hustle and bustle that comes with college. When asked how they feel about VSU, student’s responses varied. Some enjoy the diversity ...

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VSU releases statement following viral TikTok recording

On Tuesday, Aug. 22, a video depicting a conversation between an alleged VSU coach and player regarding the player’s hair began circulating on social media. The video, which was originally posted to TikTok, is a recording of a conversation between baseball player Asher Akridge and an unseen person identified as Head Baseball Coach Greg Guilliams. In the video, Akridge expresses ...

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Tour Challenge: Beyoncé or Taylor Swift?

Two of the most successful recording artists in this generation, both with incredible talent and devoted fanbases, have made a monumental impact for people all over the world. But which star can claim to have the bigger and better tour- Beyoncé or Taylor Swift?  Both artists are currently touring on their respective world tours, Beyoncé on her Renaissance and Taylor on ...

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Odum Now Closed on Saturdays

Odum Library’s hours of operation have changed as Valdosta State University continues to face unemployment rates. Odum is now closed on Saturdays, but the staff still offers all the previous resources. Services Director at VSU, Laura Wright, found when Odum is used most frequently by focusing on traffic patterns. “Very few students use the library after 10 p.m. Saturday was ...

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Austin’s Angles: Do preseason polls matter?

Hello, everyone. My name is Austin Bruce and I am the Co-Editor in Chief of The Spectator. I have started a sports column titled “Austin’s Angles” to give a fresh take on the sports world at large. Everyone has their own angles or views on topics they care deeply about, and this series is aimed to highlight some of my ...

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Win Tickets to the Midtown Music Festival!

To kick off the 2023-24 school year, we are proud to announce one of the biggest giveaways in Spectator history. One lucky Spectator reader will win four tickets to Music Midtown, a three-day concert in Piedmont Park in Atlanta featuring some of the biggest names in music today. Musical acts scheduled to perform at Music Midtown include Pink, Billie Eilish, ...

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It’s Happening- The Happening returns to VSU

The Happening is back again this year, and the lineup of businesses has faces old and new. Here’s what students can expect this year.   The Happening is an on-campus information fair that hosts campus organizations, local businesses, local religious and civic groups, and nonprofits. Games, food, and giveaways will be provided, and guests are able to sign up for organizations.  ...

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Feature: The BoykinZ take on VSU

It’s all about family. At least, that’s what it’s like for singing sisters, The BoykinZ. Amassing almost half a million followers across social media, The BoykinZ – Kylan, 21; Anale, 20; Nytere, 19; and Alona, 16 – found popularity online after posting clips of their singing on TikTok. Known as “the Black girls of country TikTok,” The BoykinZ are taking ...

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Under the Sea. . . Again

Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid” has been a subject of controversy since it was first announced; however, its release has provided an experience full of fun and joy and finds itself just as magical as the original cartoon.  The film follows Ariel (Halle Bailey), the fun-loving, red-headed mermaid who has a curiosity about the human world above her. After saving ...

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Slingin’ “Across the Spider-Verse”

Sequels can be tricky, especially when following the success or failure of the preceding film, but Sony’s highly anticipated “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” brings about a deep, high-stakes story that some would say rivals its predecessor.   The sequel to “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” continues to give the audience a thrill ride.  The film follows Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) a few months ...

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