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American flag supporters rally around campus, remain peaceful


Written by: John Stephen, Print Editor  One week after protesters walked on the American flag at Valdosta State’s campus, hundreds of students, veterans and community members rallied along VSU’s perimeter under a clear blue sky to show support for the American flag. Around 1,000 people took part in the “Flags Over VSU” demonstration – according to Valdosta Police Chief Brian ... Read More »

Two protests unite under common flag: Students, veterans and Valdosta citizens come to campus to support their cause


Written by: Jordan Barela, Digital Editor & John Stephen, Print Editor  Hundreds of VSU students, alumni and Valdosta citizens gathered on VSU’s Pedestrian Mall Monday at 3 p.m. to show support for the American flag, in the exact same spot where Air Force veteran Michelle Manhart was detained by police on Friday for attempting to take the American flag from ... Read More »

McKinney to address faculty over complaints

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by John Stephen VSU’s highest officials will attend today’s faculty senate meeting to discuss a report detailing the senate members’ numerous problems with VSU’s administration and current condition. “The last couple of weeks have brought to light a number of issues at VSU we cannot ignore, distracting us from our success stories, and holding us back at a time when ... Read More »

“A Royal Affair” is in the air

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by John Stephen It’s time to break out the tiaras and dust off the tuxedos. SGA and the campus organization Model Mentors are collaborating to host a couples pageant at the end of the semester. The pageant, titled “A Royal Affair,” will take place April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballrooms. This event is free to the ... Read More »

Anonymous document proposes no-confidence vote on VSU president and provost at Feb. 19 faculty senate meeting

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By John Stephen Update: Posted Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. The faculty senate did not perform a no-confidence vote at its Feb. 19 meeting. Members discussed this issue near the end of the meeting, but ultimately the matter was tabled. More updates to come soon. ——————– An anonymous document allegedly sent by numerous VSU professors to faculty senate members led to an emergency meeting by ... Read More »

Roadwork causes campus detour

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by John Stephen Detour for students: check. This week, students who normally use Georgia Avenue or College Street for their commute were rerouted due to maintenance taking place on those two roads. The City of Valdosta is resurfacing portions of Georgia Avenue and College Street, and this work should be complete by the end of the week, according to Sementha ... Read More »

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


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 »