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Senior editors say goodbye

Written by: Will Lewis, Olivia McLean, Rebecka McAleer, Joe Adgie, Hillary Straba   Will Lewis Editor-in-Chief It’s weird to write something in the first person. Working with The Spectator has caused me to grow increasingly comfortable with the third person omniscient tone of a narrator, but now I am casting that tone aside as I adopt something more personal. After ...

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New app shares STD results

Written by: Stephen Cavallaro & Hillary Straba Pro Social media has been an ever-increasing tool for the exchange of information. In the last decade, internet goers have misused social media, exploiting it by turning popular sites such as Twitter and Facebook into blasé showcases, displaying their deplorable lives and desperate need for affirmation. Early this year, Ramin Bastani released Hula, ...

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Pressed for play-time

Written by: Hillary Straba One month, two plays, $400. That’s the challenge faced by students participating in the Immediate Theatre Project (ITP). The ITP is sponsored by Alpha Psi Omega, a national honorary dramatic fraternity, and is completely student-run. “We take student-written works−10-minute plays or so−and we produce them ourselves, direct them ourselves, cast them ourselves and we put them ...

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Local band releases first full-length album

Written by: Hillary Straba From Valdosta, the New Natives are raising the bar for local music. The local band released their first full-length, self-titled album in December. The band was founded by Jeffrey Haineault, junior computer science major, who was the former drummer for the band Ninja Gun. In 2011, Haineault recruited Taylor Patterson, senior deaf education major, on drums, ...

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DrawProject draws large crowd

2014 DrawProject Silent Auction

Written by: Hillary Straba In 2014, DrawProject is bigger and better than ever. The seventh annual scholarship fundraiser set a record with over 75 entries, making it the largest DrawProject exhibit to date. “This year, we had about 20 more entries than in previous years,” Bill Shenton, curator for the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, said. “The DrawProject ...

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Tallahassee residents now receive in-state tuition

Written by Hillary Straba   Florida students may be getting their degree at a Georgia price thanks to a new tuition waiver at VSU. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has approved a new Florida tuition waiver that grants in-state tuition for VSU students who live in counties on the Florida/Georgia border. “Our ability to offer ...

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VSU welcomes Nepali natives


Written by: Hillary Straba/Photo by: Ritsuki Miyazaki   Apa Sherpa holds the world record for successfully climbing Mount Everest twenty-one times between the years of 1990 and 2011. Wednesday night, the VSU English Department hosted two Nepali natives, Dr. Samrat Upadhyay and Sherpa, in the Student Union Theater. The evening’s speakers took the audience from the streets of Kathmandu to ...

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Proposal drafted for Greek Housing

by: Hillary Straba   Fraternities and sororities might get a housing village in the future. A proposal is under consideration for a housing plan for Greeks. Brookdale Drive near Sustella Avenue is being considered for the Greek Village and is owned by a local attorney and developer, Pope Langdale. The land, which had been zoned for residential housing, was modified ...

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Students survive without Fall Break

by Hillary Straba   For the first time in eight years, VSU students have to power through the fall semester without Fall Break. Last year, the Academic Scheduling and Procedures Committee approved an academic calendar change that omitted Fall Break and instead gave students a full week off for Thanksgiving (previously, classes were still in session on the Monday and ...

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Fall enrollment down, organizations feel impact

by Hillary Straba   A report released by VSU says that this year’s fall enrollment is set at 11,820 students. This represents a 4.9 percent decrease from last year. The decrease is seen in both undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as in majors across the board. However, this decline in student enrollment has not negatively impacted the organizational leadership ...

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