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Pop Addict: Nicki Minaj, It Chapter Two, Ariana Grande

Hello to all the pop addicts out there at Valdosta State! This has been a slow week for pop culture, but let’s see what tea we can get into this week! Undoubtedly the biggest story in recent news: Nicki Minaj announced her retirement via Twitter. This came as a shock to many people, especially her fans, as it was a ...

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Georgia ranked third strictest state in DUI laws

It’s no secret that college students enjoy a good party every now and then. The drinks come out and sometimes things get out of hand. It’s also no secret that many college students believe themselves to be invincible, and convince themselves that they are okay to drive after “just a few too many.” Although, Georgia residents may want to think twice ...

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Remember the Legend: Tupac Shakur

On this day 23 years ago, the hip-hop world lost one of their most iconic figures in Tupac Shakur. Tupac was shot on September 7, 1996 as he was going to watch a Mike Tyson fight at the MGM Grand Hotel when someone drove by and shot him four times. He was taken to a hospital where he was in ...

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Playing Chess or Playing Dirty? The Jay-Z Drama in Full

There’s reasonable doubt as to whether Jay-Z is either a sellout or a strategic businessman. There is no middle ground, at least according to social media, Fox and MSNBC. Lately, rapper Jay-Z has been receiving backlash from the public regarding his decision to team up with the NFL, whom he has been vocally against. The deal that Jay-Z made with ...

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People Poll: What Advice Would You Give Incoming Freshmen?

  “Do not procrastinate, if your teacher assigns something do it that same day,” he said. “Put your assignments before going out until you have free time. Don’t be a yes man.”   “Don’t let your friendships or relationships obscure you from your academics,” she said. “The relationships and bonds you create are not promised, you should focus on obtaining ...

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Introducing SpecTalk, the voice of students, by students

The Spectator has some new plans for this 2019-2020 year. As a staff, we want to reach our readers in different ways. SpecTalk came about and we are just thrilled for this new opportunity.  SpecTalk is a podcast for the students by the students.  Our engagement editor, Kaitlyn Baich, is the host and editor of SpecTalk.  On Wednesdays we plan ...

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VSU decides not to cancel class in the midst of Hurricane Dorian

After ripping through the Bahamas and leaving many people devastated as a category 5 storm, Hurricane Dorian is making its way up the East Coast. Even though the Bahamas were left in ruins and many areas on Georgia’s coast are expected to feel the impacts from Hurricane Dorian, the Lowndes County area is not expected to get hit by the ...

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Blazers’ XC 5K Race set for Aug. 24

The VSU Blazer Cross Country 5k Road Race will take place Aug. 24 at 7:30 a.m. An email was sent to students by Alice Smoot, a VSU Library Assistant, regarding the road race 5k course: The course will start near the corner of Azalea Drive and College Street at the VECA School. Travels Azalea Drive to a left turn on ...

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Metal straws cut down waste in Valdosta

As the Metal Straw Movement sweeps the nation in an effort to reduce plastic waste, many companies are joining in. Now, Red Owl Coffee Company is one of them. Red Owl is a local coffee shop that began its story in Valdosta in 2017. Since then, Red Owl has made its mission to provide a sense of home to customers ...

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The curious case of VSU and the governor’s office

Everyone talked but who listened. Students, community members, faculty and alumni talked. Dr. Carvajal, Dr. Miller and other administrators talked. But who was listening? On Monday, the office of Diversity and Inclusion and Student Government Association teamed to put together a forum for people to voice their opinions about the undergraduate commencement speaker, Gov. Brian Kemp. The forum felt more ...

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