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Metal straws cut down waste in Valdosta

As the Metal Straw Movement sweeps the nation in an effort to reduce plastic waste, many companies are joining in. Now, Red Owl Coffee Company is one of them. Red Owl is a local coffee shop that began its story in Valdosta in 2017. Since then, Red Owl has made its mission to provide a sense of home to customers ...

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Young Valdostans losing interest in agriculture

As young Valdostans’ interest in agriculture and farming decreases, economic issues within the food industry increase. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association website archives show low member numbers for new applicants. For the past couple years, the NCBA has tried to boost its membership numbers. The association hopes to gain more members to expand its numbers and encourages members to recruit ...

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Art Walk going down in Downtown Valdosta

Throughout the year, the City Center Art District brings Valdosta’s community together through the Downtown Valdosta Art Walk. The Art Walk draws attention to the Art District by promoting an art-centered community and increasing exposure and revenue for local businesses. While the kickoff for this year was initially scheduled for March 15, inclement weather moved the date to March 22. ...

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What’s new and what’s old: The advising update

It’s that time of year again. Before you start freaking out about finals and daydreaming about summer vacation, it’s time to start thinking about plans for next semester’s classes. A new system has been set in place to assist students in registering for classes. The Visual Schedule Builder has been adopted to make the registration process run smoother. “Visual Schedule ...

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‘It’s a way to meet students where they are’: Formal vs. informal teaching

Students and teachers coexist here at VSU. Professors have the job of teaching information to the best of their ability while students have the job of obtaining that information and using it in their desired field of study. But can professors’ methods of instruction affect how well students obtain the information? Some professors have an informal teaching style while others ...

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‘We saw this as an opportunity’: VSU opens Learning Commons

On Feb. 19, Alan Berenstein, VSU dean of libraries, cut the ribbon for the new Common Learning student center, welcoming all students to come and explore the new renovations. Bernstein said he’s excited about the center’s future and the prospect of students coming and doing more group study sessions to increase academic success. “The library has always been a great ...

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Preview: Hackathon searches for community solutions

VSU’s STEAM Center for Applied Creativity and Innovation will be home to Azalea Health’s sixth annual Hackathon on Saturday. The Hackathon is an eight-hour software design competition where teams of up to five participants must design a solution to a problem. The problem is created by the event’s organizers, and the winners will receive a grand prize of $1,000. Although ...

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African American Male Initiative aims for student success

Blacks and Native Americans are tied for the lowest post-secondary graduation rates, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The African-American Male Initiative (AAMI) hopes to change that. Aimed at minority groups, the organization recently came to fruition at VSU, thanks to Dr. Tameka Hobbs, coordinator of AFAM studies on campus. Through her work, the program has begun this ...

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Techno-Frat: Automation in the modern world and beyond

Forget Uber Eats. Students at George Mason University in Fairfax County, Virginia, have been offered a more innovative and exciting alternative to their meal deliveries: robots. That’s right, students can now call upon a fleet of twenty-five cooler-sized wheeled robots to deliver their on-campus foods or midnight snacks. The robots in question can tote up to 20 pounds and, according ...

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City of Valdosta battles homelessness

Valdosta is bringing in the new year with a community service project: The Points in Time Homeless Count. At its core, the project involves city officials and volunteers to get a count of Valdosta’s homeless population. This year’s project will see the Georgia Department of Community Affairs spearheading the count by utilizing citizens’ smartphones and tablets for mobile surveys. Vanessa ...

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