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Probe clears McKinney

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by John Stephen The investigation into events involving former VSU professor Dr. Mark George has concluded, finding that no wrongdoing took place in the VSU administration’s treatment of Dr. George last summer. The University System of Georgia’s director of ethics and compliance, Wesley Horne, conducted the review after Dr. George and VSU President William McKinney separately requested it. This report ... Read More »

Rare Manuscripts now on Display in Odum Library

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by John Stephen The titans of history have arrived on campus – well, their writings have, at least. A collection of rare manuscripts is now on display at Odum Library. The wide-ranging compilation of books, documents and scrolls—the oldest dating back to 1250—is quite impressive. The collection includes works by Machiavelli, Aristotle, John Locke, Thoreau, Booker T. Washington and Ben ... Read More »

McKinney orders probe

 Written By: John Stephen and Jordan Hill  VSU President William McKinney has ordered a third-party investigation into a clash between a former adjunct professor and VSU alumnus that occurred this summer over the use of state resources for political purposes.   Dr. Mark George, the professor involved in the conflict, has filed a formal complaint with the USG’s Ethics and ... Read More »

McKinney shifts student affairs

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Written By: Elan Waite & John Stephen   One day he was in, and the next he was out. Russell Mast, a VSU staff member since 1989, no longer works for VSU in any capacity as of last Thursday, according to VSU President William McKinney.   On Sept. 25, Dr. McKinney sent an email to all VSU students, faculty, staff ... Read More »

VSU Employee Dies in Head-on Collision

Written By: John Stephen A young VSU employee died after colliding head-on with another vehicle on Sept. 4 in Lowndes County, only a few miles from his home, according to an article published by the Valdosta Daily Times.   Cody Morris, a 22-year-old maintenance worker at VSU, was driving through a severe thunderstorm when he collided with a vehicle on ... Read More »

Armed Robbery in Drexel Park

Written By: John Stephen Two VSU students became the victims of armed robbery when they were walking through Drexel Park a little after midnight on Sept. 9, according to police reports.   Lt. Cindy Cobb of the VSU Police Department said the offenders – meaning more than one – stole a phone and multiple wallets. The phone was later recovered, ... Read More »

Bush To Come To Valdosta

Written By: John Stephen Everyone has seen George W. Bush on a screen or in a paper, but now Valdostans will have the chance to see him in the flesh. In December, Bush will be the keynote speaker at Georgia Christian School’s annual Benefit Dinner, which will be held at VSU. GCS is a small, private institution in Valdosta that ... Read More »

Ex-VSU Professor’s Anti Confederate Stance Stirs Controversy

Written  By: John Stephen       A former VSU professor is at the center of a rapidly growing controversy over an open letter that the professor sent to Georgia legislators condemning government support for Confederate commemorations.       Dr. Mark P. George, VSU professor until May 2014, is planning to file an official complaint against VSU for what he said are wrongful ... Read More »

VSU Cracks Down On Former Professor Protesting Against Confederate Memorials In Georgia

Written By: John Stephen Political controversy is brewing between the highest officials at VSU and a former VSU professor over the use of the professor’s email to promote an effort to remove Confederate monuments and celebrations in Georgia. In June, sociology professor Mark P. George joined forces with Reverend Floyd Rose, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s local chapter, ... Read More »