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Blazers better equipped for postseason this go round

Despite the departure of star guard Jeremiah Hill, the Blazers are better equipped to make a tourney run this time around. At 26-3, the Valdosta State Blazers are currently ranked No. 14 in the NABC Coaches Poll and find themselves ranked No. 3 in the South region.  The ranking, as well as the national perception of the team, seems to ...

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People Poll: Where do you feel safe on campus?

In a recent campus safety survey, The Spectator asked 20 students where they felt most and least safe on campus and why. Of the people who answered, most felt safest in the main areas of campus around the library or in their dorm rooms. Most felt unsafe around the parking lots and on the outskirts of campus, where lighting is ...

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The Spectator wins awards at Georgia College Press Association conference

The Spectator, VSU’s campus news organization, earned nine state-wide journalism awards at the Georgia College Press Association’s annual conference and ceremony on Friday, Feb 16. GCPA hosts a conference every year in February. This year it was held at the University of Georgia in Athens at the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library. “The trip to GCPA is always a ...

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Opinion: James’ comments spark ‘words war’

In an already divided country, race became a topic of discussion during NBA All-Star weekend. LeBron James had an interview with ESPN’s Cari Champion where he expressed his displeasure for Donald Trump and gave his take on experiences of being a black man in America. Those comments were met with, comments by someone who is unaffected by the hardships of ...

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Helping Hands: Helfer’s experience extends beyond the court

Mike Helfer’s fiery passion and cool confidence make him one of the most respected coaches in the country but his success never came overnight. Helfer was born in Newark, Ohio, where he attended Newark Catholic High School. During his teenage years, Helfer was heavily involved with athletics. He was a tri-sport star, receiving All-State honors in basketball and football, while ...

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People Poll: What are your Valentine’s Day plans?

“Just same as any other day. Maybe prepare for some exams,” Juhun Kim, a sophomore and international business major, said. “I don’t have any. I don’t have a Valentine,” Devin Clements, a senior computer information systems major, said. “I don’t know. I will probably go out with my boyfriend and we’ll just watch a movie and relax,” Natalie Dowdell, a ...

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Striving for excellence, Chris Thompson aims to motivate VSU

Born in Tallahassee, Florida and raised in Suwanee, Georgia, Christopher Thompson splits up his jam-packed days between work, school organizations and classes. However, his real passion is helping people better themselves, and he somehow finds ways to incorporate that desire into everything he does. “There’s a drive in me that always pushes me to be a little bit better,” SGA ...

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Editorial: Private profiles don’t protect prejudice

People love to speak their minds, especially on their “private” social media profiles. But what if the content that is posted is troubling, or, like in some recent news, racist? Even though we are not a full month into 2018, incidents of prejudice and hate speech have flooded the media. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 19-year-old Harley Barber, a ...

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Tennessee residents receive in-state tuition for VSU

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has approved Valdosta State and nine other institutions to extend in-state tuition to eligible residents of Tennessee starting this spring semester. Starting the academic year of 2015, VSU offered the Border States Waiver for all residents of Alabama, Florida and South Carolina. “We are very excited about this announcement,” Ryan ...

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People poll: How do you feel about politics after 2017?

“My views have changed only because we went from Obama to Trump and I don’t know how to deal with it,” Devin Neal, a junior business major, said. “My views on politics haven’t really changed. Trump with this wall though; I see his purpose, but there are many ways he can work around that. With all this foreign policy, I ...

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