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Layoffs really bite: Debate rage over administration’s cuts to faculty, staff


Written by John Preer & Jordan Barela, Editors-in-Chief and Tatyana Phelps, Managing Editor Two weeks into the 2015 fall semester, the VSU community is still adjusting to the announcement of the reduction in the size of the university’s faculty and staff. Prior to the start of the school year, 31 university employees were informed that their contracts would not be ...

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Letter from an editor: Dear Seniors…


Written by John Preer, Editor-in-Chief My fellow seniors, fall semester is nothing new.  However, this particular fall semester will (hopefully) be your last of undergrad.  There will be many pitfalls this close to the finish line, but don’t worry.  Your years of Starbucks fueled all-nighters and late night Odum study sessions have prepared you for this final test of will. ...

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Dr. Rogers Steps Down as Provost

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Written by John Preer, Editor-in-Chief  Provost and Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Hudson Rogers, has stepped down from the position in order to resume teaching in the classroom.  Dr. Rogers will continue teaching as a tenured member of the Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration faculty.  Before taking on the role of provost, Dr. Rogers served as finance ...

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Daily Strange: Solar panels the new concrete?

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Written by John Preer, Editor-in-Chief  Could Solar panels replace concrete pavement? Scott and Julie Brusaw seem to believe so.  The couple’s company, Solar Roadways, is based in Idaho has spent nearly a decade developing and testing their solar powered road panels.  Although, these panels could potentially serve multiple purposes, there are still many critics that doubt the panel’s ability to ...

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Waka waka waka: Namco heavyweight still going strong after three decades


Written by: John Preer, Features Editor If you’re old enough to recall a time before video games, you may well remember when the arcade gaming system arrived on the scene. Along with this “new” entertainment system, a slew of game titles were made available in arcades across the country. Perhaps the most memorable game titles were the “Pac-man” games. Having been ...

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University of Oklahoma SAE under microscope after racist video goes viral

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by John Preer The Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter of Oklahoma University has been in national headlines lately for a video that surfaced on social media last week. The video depicts several members of SAE on a bus singing a racially charged song full of derogatory terms for African-Americans. After the video went viral, OU immediately disbanded the chapter and suspended ...

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Crate diggers rejoice: The wax comeback


by John Preer Remember way back when? This question is the driving force behind the recent trend of vintage items. This retrospective movement has gone from dusty clothing and discontinued candy to ‘90s cartoons and restored automobiles. People seem to have an involuntary need to reminisce about the “good old days.” Music can be a powerful trigger for memories, but ...

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Glenda Hatchett gives inspiring words Thomas-Pierce Scholarship Dinner

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by John Preer Valdosta State’s campus was visited Tuesday by celebrity judge and community activist Glenda Hatchett. Hatchett was the keynote speaker for the Thomas Paine Scholarship dinner held in the Student Union Ballroom. Hatchett is an Atlanta native and still resides in the city. Between filming for her new show and being a spokesperson for CASA, Hatchett has only ...

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Next Flick Picks: New movie pick feature is answer to your online streaming indecision and boredom

by John Preer Drama – Short Term 12 (2013) This week’s drama title is an award winning independent film by director Destin Daniel Cretton. The film centers on a supervisor for a group home of at-risk teens. Brie Larson portrays the main character, Grace, a dedicated caregiver who struggles with juggling her own personal shortcomings and the troubled teens in ...

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Systematic shortcomings to blame for Michael Brown case, not race


Written by: John Preer  The fragile faith minorities have in the justice system has been left out cold in the streets like Michael Brown’s uncovered, lifeless body. The nation is in a state of disarray and a lot of people seem to be confused, misinformed or just oblivious to the situation America has found itself in.  The Michael Brown shooting ...

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