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The Happening 2017: Vendors

VSU students will have the chance to explore the career opportunities at VSU and the businesses around the community at The Happening on Aug. 24. The yearly event is in its 26th year and will be held on the VSU front lawn from 1 to 4 p.m. The list of vendors for The Happening will be updated as more apply: AT&T ...

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NAACP celebrates Black History Month with the “N Word”

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People kicked off Black History Month with a discussion of the “n word.” The event,”N Word,” was hosted by NAACP Historian Tyler Gibbs and NAACP Membership Coordinator Quiane Turner. The event gave people of different races the opportunity to give their thoughts on how the “n word” should be used. Photos by ...

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Decker on Deck: Softball can’t stop hitting

Ten games in and the offensive juggernaut, VSU Softball, is on the move and mercilessly looking for new victims to leave in their destructive wake. The softball team’s overall record is currently 9-1, and they are playing very well for the start of the season. In softball, the game always starts the same. The umpire says, “Play ball.” Then the ...

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Helping Hands: Helfer’s experience extends beyond the court

Mike Helfer’s fiery passion and cool confidence make him one of the most respected coaches in the country but his success never came overnight. Helfer was born in Newark, Ohio, where he attended Newark Catholic High School. During his teenage years, Helfer was heavily involved with athletics. He was a tri-sport star, receiving All-State honors in basketball and football, while ...

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SGA reviews new parking plan, energizer booths

On Monday, Feb. 12, SGA started its weekly meeting off with a review of the Tiered Parking Model Proposal for the upcoming year. VSU Parking and Transportation Director Jill Ferrell and Auxiliary Services Director Shannon McGee explained the proposal to the gallery. Over the past few months, SGA, as a whole, worked with auxiliary services on editing the proposal to ...

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VSU ignites The Bonfire blog

On Monday, Feb. 12, the VSU website announced that “The Bonfire is now live.” The Bonfire coins itself as “the official blog of Blazer Nation.” “We’ve had the idea for a while now, but we’ve been actively dreaming up ideas, creating content, and designing Bonfire about five months now,” Halle Zimmerman, VSU’s communications specialist, said. Jessica Pope, the communications and ...

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Eating disorders come in many disguises

When college students return home for winter break, it is an opportunity for parents to notice changes in their children, and sometimes they’re not always good changes. Those changes could include eating disorders. The real signs of an eating disorder not only lie in appearance but also mood and habits. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 25 percent ...

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UPD arrests bike thief, ends crime wave

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, the VSU Police Department arrested a Valdosta man who stole two bikes on campus earlier this week. Ralph Donaldson, 58, is facing multiple charges including two counts of possession of tools during a commission of a crime, two counts of theft by taking and one count for criminal trespass with unlawful purpose. The total amount of ...

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Waka Flocka performs at Valdosta State University spring concert

The Spectator: I know this is really weird, but I did not think you would be as tall as you were Waka Flocka: Yeah, a lot of people be thinking that. It’s crazy The Spectator: Have you been to Valdosta before? Waka Flocka: Yeah, definitely. The Spectator: When? Waka Flocka: Before I was famous. I went to Valdosta for spring ...

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Kuhns is in for the long haul

In the two seasons that she has been coaching at VSU, Carley Kuhns has been a firecracker of success and shows no signs of burning out. Women’s Basketball Head Coach Carley Kuhns produced VSU’s first 20-plus win season since 2011 and the first NCAA South Regional Tournament appearance since 2010 in her first season with the team. This season she ...

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Meet our new marketing manager: Azhia Smothers

The Spectator proudly introduces its new marketing manager, Azhia Smothers. Smothers is a junior English major at VSU who will strengthen The Spectator’s relationship with its readers. She will also help facilitate a viable, open forum for students’ voices to be heard using interactions with The Spectator as a platform. Smothers’ background includes a bachelor’s degree in communications from Jackson ...

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