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Editorial: It’s hard out here for a journalist

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We’ve all seen the recent video of the journalist and cameraman from Virginia who were shot and killed during a live recording. Although the crime was committed by a former employee, this is not the first time within the past couple years that a journalist has lost his or her life. Some of the more recent and well-known events date ...

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Campaign Zero attempting to end police brutality in America


Written by Dillon Rountree, Staff Writer Those who follow the #BlackLivesMatter movement may be familiar with a new list of policy proposals put forward by some prominent activists known as “Campaign Zero.” Zero refers to the goal of zero deaths at the hands of police. For the uninitiated, the campaign lists 10 major areas where they are proposing changes to ...

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President Staton discusses drop in enrollment/ layoffs at faculty senate meeting

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Written by Kristin Whitman, Sports Editor Interim President Cecil Staton spoke on the reduction of 31 university employees at the Faculty Senate meeting held on Thursday, Aug. 27, at 3:30 p.m. in the University Center Magnolia Room. In total, 26 staff members and five faculty members were told that their contracts would not be renewed for the upcoming fiscal year. ...

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Hayden Barnes settlement reached

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Written by Jamel Shorter, Staff Writer Thomas Hayden Barnes was a student here at Valdosta State University in 2007 under the presidency of Ronald Zaccari. Hayden Barnes became known for his lawsuit against Zaccari, VSU, and the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia. Barnes filed the lawsuit in 2008 due to his rights being violated under the First ...

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VSU unveils new homepage

New VSU Homepage

Written by Tatyana Phelps, Managing Editor Students who visit the VSU homepage may have noticed that things look a bit different than they did when the Spring 2015 semester ended. “This is an exciting improvement to our university’s first impression,” Keith Warburg, assistant director of creative services, announced in an email to VSU students when the new webpage was going ...

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Previous NFL star defends VSU

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Written by Aldean Starr, Staff Writer The VSU football team made some changes to the coaching staff this offseason that is headlined by the signing of new defensive coordinator Chad Williams from Blazers rival West Georgia. Williams will be the third defensive coordinator at Valdosta State in three years after coach Bubba Walker left this offseason for a position at Colquitt ...

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EDITORIAL: Is our VSU degree worth the money?


Is our degree at VSU worth it now? We have had this question rumbling through our mind for a while now. This question first arose after the flag controversy. VSU was front and center of the media spotlight. The bulb shining bright on that controversy eventually burned out, only to be replaced with a fresh bulb. This time, the drop ...

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Build KARMA, aid others

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Written by Kenzie Kesselring, Opinions Editior Want to create some good karma for yourself? Consider taking VSU’s two credit course, KARMA. KARMA is a course offered every fall and spring on campus that grants students with the opportunity to become a peer mentor. KARMA, which stands for knowledge, awareness, respect, maturity and achievement, teaches students how to effectively help their ...

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