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Blazers get mauled by the Lions in first conference game

Sharmaine Washington tackles the Lions' quaterback, Luke Wingo, for a loss. Washington posted 7.5 tackles on the day. The Blazers defense totaled three sack against their conference rival. (Darian Harris/THE SPECTATOR)

Written by Gabe Burns, Asst. Sports Editor The Valdosta State Blazers’ first conference game did not play out as the team had hoped. The team’s defense could not find ways to get off the field in a 34-12 loss to the North Alabama Lions. The Lions (4-0, 3-0) protected their unblemished record with an impressive offensive showing. The team racked ...

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Editorial: Gun obsession must end

Heidi Wickersham, left, wipes away her tears while consoling her sister, Gwendolyn Wickersham, center, a UCC student who is grieving for her creative writing mentor, the slain Lawrence Levine, 67, a Umpqua Community College mass shooting victim, during candlelight vigil at a memorial service at Riverbend Park in Winston, Ore., on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

When mass violence on college campuses becomes the norm, there is a big problem. There has been multiple college campus shootings since 2013 and the recent tragedy at Umpqua Community College has brought the total to 142. There has been 45 shootings in 2015 alone.  Enough is enough. We at the Spectator would like to extend our condolences to the ...

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Munch on Menchie’s: Menchies freezes Valdosta’s taste buds, variety of sweets for perfect froyo toppings

Menchies opened up in Sept. of this year at the Valdosta mall. To promote their business, they gave out free frozen yogurt at VSU's The Happening with flavors like red velvet cake.

Written by Tiarra Bell, Staff Writer Valdosta welcomed a new business that is offering a sweet, cool way to beat the South Georgia heat with a mission to “make you smile.” Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt opened in early September at the Valdosta Mall. It offers a weekly rotation of fourteen low fat or nonfat yogurts and sorbets at their self-serving station. ...

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VSU protestor indicted on weapon charges

Eugene Sheppard debating with other students during a protest on campus last semester. Sheppard was seen walking on an American flag in protest a few days prior to the demonstration. (John Preer/THE SPECTATOR)

Written by Jamel Shorter, Staff Writer Eric Eugene Sheppard, Jr., known for his avid protesting of the American flag on Valdosta State University’s campus, has been indicted by a Lowndes County grand jury for carrying a weapon in a school safety zone. Sheppard will be arraigned on October 16, according to Assistant Southern District Attorney Brad Shealy. Although Sheppard created ...

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SGA discusses Project Pink and school spirit


Written by Jyrell Wynn, Staff Writer The Student Government Association had a general assembly meeting at 8 p.m. in the University Center Cypress Room earlier this week. At the meeting, SGA discussed things such as the Fill-a-Truck food drive, Project Pink to address breast cancer, and decorating the stadium red to show school spirit. Nicole Njoku, committee head for student ...

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Memorable home opener for Blazers


Written by Gabe Burns, Staff Writer The Valdosta State Blazers had a memorable home opener that will forever be entrenched in the school’s record books. The Blazers’ record-setting day resulted in a 56-22 win over Cumberland at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium on Saturday. In the 2nd quarter of play, quarterback EJ Hilliard rolled out to the right and hit D’Amonte Ridley for ...

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Social media may be affecting your sex life

Photo Illustration: Kayla Stroud/SPECTATOR

Written by Terrance Johnson, Staff Writer If you are spending too much time on social media, it is possible that you are not having as much sex as you would like to. According to leading sex experts, studies show that an unhealthy fixation on social media can prove to be detrimental to your sex life. One reason that this is ...

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Valdosta ranks high on STD list; miseducation to blame

Photo Illustration: Kayla Stroud/THE SPECTATOR

Written by John Preer, Editor-in-Chief The city of Valdosta has made it to the top 100 of a list that not many are proud of.  Valdosta shared this precarious honor with other Georgia cities including Albany, Augusta, Columbus and Macon.  According to the Center for Disease Control, Valdosta comes in at 87 in a list of the top 100 sexually ...

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Editorial: Wrap it or don’t tap it


Sex is great. It’ fun, intimate, workout friendly, experimental and puts you to sleep.  And it can kill you. It’s frustrating to know how powerful sex is, and yet many people don’t educate themselves. Too many don’t practice safe sex. Too many die or have to alter their lives over one encounter. Even if you take every precaution, you can ...

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VSU looks to dog it out: Blazers return home after a winning streak on the road


Written by Aldean Starr, Staff Writer After coming off a dominant 31-3 victory against the Winston-Salem University football team, the Valdosta State Blazers are set to face off against the Cumberland University Bulldogs this Saturday. The Blazers are coming in at a perfect record of 2-0 while the Bulldogs stand at a record of 1-2. Defense has been a key ...

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