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Former VSU President to be honored at fundraising gala

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Written by John Preer, Correspondent Blazers that graduated between 2002 and 2008 may remember Dr. Ronald M. Zaccari as then, acting president of VSU. During Dr. Zaccari’s term and in the years that followed, the former president has been an active member in the Valdosta community. Now, Dr. Zaccari is returning to the VSU campus to be honored at a ...

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Valdosta ranks high on STD list; miseducation to blame

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Written by John Preer, Editor-in-Chief The city of Valdosta has made it to the top 100 of a list that not many are proud of.  Valdosta shared this precarious honor with other Georgia cities including Albany, Augusta, Columbus and Macon.  According to the Center for Disease Control, Valdosta comes in at 87 in a list of the top 100 sexually ...

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Cloudy forecast for VSU faculty still uncertain about future with university

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Written by John Preer, Editor-in-Chief The forecast for VSU’s future is cloudy at best, according to figures released by university officials.  Faculty senate members are understandably worried by the numbers and what they mean for their future with the university.  Low enrollment and retention are being blamed by administration for the recent downsizing of faculty and staff.  These cuts caught ...

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

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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…

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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

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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

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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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