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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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Fandoms, Social media and the hysteria that follows

Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction celebrate their VMA for Song of the summer at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at The Barclay Center in New York City, NY, Sunday, August 25, 2013. (Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press/MCT)

Written by Olivia Studdard, Staff Writer Fandom can be expressed in many different ways. Some people write fan fiction devoted to their favorite characters based around scenes that they’ve imagined and dreamed about, and that’s only one end of the fandom spectrum. The ultimate goal is to find others with the same passions. That is why social media is such ...

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Horrors of the Flint River Water Crisis

Carl Huntere, 48, of Flint, Mich., walks home through the snow from the North End Soup Kitchen in Flint on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, where he received a case of free bottled water. (Regina H. Boone/Detroit Free Press/TNS)

Written by Jada Dukes, Staff Writer Although I have seen news on the Flint water crisis either while flipping through news channels or scrolling past a Facebook article, I honestly didn’t take the time to really get informed about what is happening in Flint, Michigan. now that I’m all caught up I must say I am both appalled and disgusted by ...

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Dr. Calvin Walker named Interim Director of African American studies

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Written by Erin Martin, Staff Writer Along with changes to the faculty and staff at VSU, this semester Dr. Calvin Walker was appointed as the Interim Director of African American studies. Walker has been working at VSU for 31 years, and teaching for 38 years. The duties involved with the directory position include supervising the AFAM program, creating the schedule ...

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New Years Resolutions

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Written by Olivia Studdard, Staff Writer Author Melody Beattie wrote, “The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, wanting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” Within her simple words there is a challenge—how do you greet the new year? Some people celebrate with parties and fireworks, or maybe hands filled ...

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Campus to test emergency alert system

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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

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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

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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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Horoscope: Daily Forecast 12/8/15

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Today’s Birthday (12/08/15). Personal dreams come true this year with dedication and focus. Feather your nest this spring for parties and group gatherings, especially after 9/9, when Jupiter enters Libra for a year-long community phase. Your influence rises next autumn, before family matters require attention. Protect what you love. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the ...

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