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Hoverboard ride straight into ban across college campuses

Written by Erin Martin, Staff Writer An especially popular Christmas gift, more recently known as the “hover board,” is a technology trend that caught on quick. Despite its admiration from the thousands of buyers, some college campuses have deemed the boards unsafe due to the potential fire hazard it poses. More than 30 schools have now banned or restricted hover ...

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Editorial: Show us the money

The last two semesters at VSU have been rough. Last spring, a simple protest lead to a media frenzy which engulfed VSU. In the fall, over 30 faculty and staff members were let go. Faculty and staff were at the pinnacle of their careers and some relocated to Valdosta because of VSU. Because of this, it seemed that VSU was ...

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New exercise building to open today

Written by John Stephen, Correspondent A new extension of the Student Health Center will now allow all VSU students and employees access to preventive and therapeutic clinical services previously offered only to university athletes. The Center for Exercise Medicine & Rehabilitation (CEMR) will host its grand opening ceremony and reception tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will include information ...

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Campus to test emergency alert system

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief  A brief test of the emergency notification system will go into effect tomorrow morning. Starting at 10 a.m., the emergency test will include both an email and text alert to any registered devices. The test will also utilize a new desktop alert. A sample alert message will display to anyone logged on a campus computer. The ...

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Dean departs for Georgia Southern

Written by Gabe Burns, Sports Editor  Last Tuesday, the landscape of Valdosta State’s sports scene changed.  Head football coach David Dean accepted a job offer at Georgia Southern University. Dean accepted a position as co-offensive coordinator for Tyson Summers’ new Golden Eagles staff. “I’ve been coaching for 28 years, and 20 of those were spent at Valdosta State,” Dean said. ...

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Interim President Cecil Staton appoints new administrative positions

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief  In an email sent to the VSU community earlier today, Interim President Cecil Staton appointed several new members to administrative positions. Staton appointed a total of five administrative positions, three of which were vacant dean positions. “During my almost six months as interim president at Valdosta State, one of the most encouraging things I have ...

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Editorial: SGA keeps public in the dark

Transparency in our country, state, local and school government has been on our minds a lot lately here at The Spectator. Last weekend, The Spectator staff, along with journalism and mass media students attended a workshop about transparency between the media and our government. The goal of this workshop was to ensure that as we grow as members of the ...

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Starbucks free to do without the ‘Merry Christmas’ on cups

Written by Julia Rodriquez, Asst Opinions Editor Every year the holiday season hits with an array of seasonal promotions from various companies. Annually, Starbucks has released a festive version of their cup to celebrate the upcoming holidays and winter. This year’s cup was a simple red ombre design. As in past years, there have been praises over the temporary looks. However, ...

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VSU’s historic season comes to a close

Written by Gabe Burns, Asst. Sports Editor A season that will forever be entrenched in the school record books came to a close on Saturday, as the Valdosta State Blazers (9-3) were eliminated by the West Georgia Wolves, 27-20, in the second round of the playoffs. VSU was unable to overcome UWG’s 292 rushing yards and six sacks while falling victim ...

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