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EJ Hilliard prepares for NFL opportunities

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Written by Gabe Burns, Sports Editor As the great Walt Disney once said, “All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.” For Valdosta State quarterback EJ Hilliard, that dream in pursuit is an opportunity in the NFL. He got his first taste of such when the signal caller competed in the Dream Bowl in ...

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Valdosta to house Trump headquarters

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks after coming in second place at his Iowa caucus night gathering in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (Dennis Van Tine/Abaca Press/TNS)

Written by Kenzie Kesselring, Opinions Editor Valdosta voters could add a bump for Trump. The reality-star-turned-Republican candidate is setting up shop in Valdosta. The headquarters will be located on North Valdosta Road and will open on Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. with a free public event. The grand opening of the center will be run by Lowndes County Trump Manager Barbra ...

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Super Bowl features clash of new school vs. old school

The walls of the Carolina Panthers' entrance to the field are decorated during a tour on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, of Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., site of Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

Written by Austin Wells, Staff Writer With the calendar turning to February and winter starting to walk out the door, it can only be time for one event: the Super Bowl. This year is Super Bowl 50, and with it comes two teams that traveled different paths to the greatest game of the year. The first team is a team ...

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Staton promises an unforgettable commencement during press conference

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Written by Tatyana Phelps, Managing Editor Staton promises an unforgettable commencement A press conference was held in Interim President Dr. Cecil Staton’s office Thursday morning regarding recent changes to the Spring 2016 graduation on May 7. After much speculation on campus after the new graduation ceremony schedule was posted nearly two weeks ago, Dr. Staton set the record straight. There ...

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Campus Rec gets a facelift

The Campus Recreation Center  circuit room will be replaced by  with a cross fit training  room within two months. All the current equipment  will be removed. (Photo Courtesy Tierra Bell/THE SPECTATOR)

Written by Tierra Bell, Staff Writer The Department of Campus Recreation has plans to repurpose the upstairs area to assist different students. The circuit room, which is located upstairs on the left side near the restrooms, will serve as a CrossFit training area. “We discovered the circuit room doesn’t see as much use as we would like,” Shawn Phippen, associate ...

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Black History Month is here to stay

With Maya Angelou on the screen, Sara Barielles sings "Smile" during the memorium during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

It’s February, the one month of the year where African Americans are able to celebrate their culture and history. Unfortunately, it’s the only time of the year that public schools focus on black history in the classroom. It’s unfortunate that throughout history the only topics students are taught about black Americans is the civil rights movement and a kid-friendly version ...

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Kerwin Bell hopes to win in style

JU head football coach Kerwin Bell watches the quarterbacks. The Jacksonville University Dolphin football team held their first practice of the season on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 on campus in Jacksonville, FL. (Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky)

Written by Gabe Burns, Sports Editor Kerwin Bell is trading oranges for peaches. A legend in the state of Florida, Bell is crossing the border to make his mark in Georgia as the new coach of Valdosta State football. “It was a privilege just the other day to meet Kerwin Bell and his wife,” said VSU president Cecil Staton at ...

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VSU student slain in shooting, suspects arrested

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Written by Tatyana Phelps, Managing Editor A VSU student and three other suspects were arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with a shooting that resulted in the death of another VSU student on Monday. According to the Valdosta Daily Times, sophomore Lenton Swint was found with a bullet wound to the head on the front doorway of a duplex residence on ...

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Editorial: New graduation schedule needs clear explanation

Photo Illustration: Kayla Stroud/SPECTATOR

By now, most students are probably aware that the school administration has changed the graduation lineup for Spring 2016. According to the new schedule, all graduations will be held on one day—Saturday, May 7. The schedule change is opposed to the lineup VSU has had in the past, where the first set of graduation ceremonies are held on Friday evening, ...

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Spring graduation pushed to one day

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Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief Spring commencement will be a late bloomer this year. On Monday, the commencement schedule for the spring 2016 graduates was changed. The confirmation of the change came from VSU’s official Twitter account. In the past, commencement ceremonies have been held on Friday and Saturday. The change has moved all the commencement ceremonies to Saturday, May ...

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