• Peter Pimentel: Combining forces of the Latinx and student community for the 2020 Census City of Atlanta campaign

    “All of my fellow students, young people, Latinx community members: Start posting, tweeting, get the word out that the 2020 census is coming and that you need to be a part of it.” These words came from the steps of the City Hall in Atlanta and from the mouth of Peter Pimentel, a Georgia State student and community navigator for Welcoming Atlanta, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Pimentel urged the 129,000 students living in [...]
  • Mejia and Jones enter runoff presidential election

    Georgia State students no longer have five presidential candidates to choose from, only two: Jazmin Mejia and Anthony Jones. After weeks of tabling and talking to students in Library Plaza, hanging posters in the halls of Student Center East and trying to prove their worth, both candidates will be headed to a runoff. This second election was triggered because none of the candidates in this year’s Student Government Association election received 51 percent of the [...]
  • The 2019 SGA Debates: a de facto Speaker and a diverse race

    The Signal hosted the 2019 Student Government Association debates on Tuesday, March 12. That same night, Atlanta Sen. Kaelen Thomas became the next speaker of the Atlanta Senate. Thomas had been running for the position against his competitor Averyona Walters. But, when she arrived over 30 minutes late to the scheduled debate, she was disqualified from the race. Walters appealed the election commission’s decision to the Student Judicial Board and had a hearing on March [...]
  • Conversations with presidential candidates: Anthony Jones

    A former speaker of the Atlanta campus senate is looking to get students to A.C.H.I.E.V.E. with him as president. Anthony Jones’ campaign for SGA’s presidency uses that acronym to simplify his platform and inspire students to join him in accomplishing his policies. “Each letter stands for something different. The ‘A’ is for adapt. I want us to be able to achieve and innovate. You know, we’re the No. 2 most innovative school in the country [...]
  • Conversations with presidential candidates: Ira Livnat

    He’s a freshman who has already taken up the mantle of a leader by being CEO of PantherHackers, but does Ira Livnat have what it takes to lead the student body? He certainly thinks so. “I lead by example,” Livnat said. When asked about his lack of experience in SGA, he said that he didn’t see a problem with it and that it could actually act in favor of him if he were to win. [...]
  • Conversations with presidential candidates: Jazmin Mejia

    “I do feel like no one knows what student government is doing or what it is. I feel like student government is really only known for having free blue books,” Jazmin Mejia said. Mejia is a candidate for president in the upcoming SGA elections of the 90th administration. An outline of who she is and who the other candidates are is available in a resource from The Signal  – but for a deeper look into her [...]
  • Conversations with presidential candidates: Shay’na Fields

    How do you unify a school that is made of commuters and has six campuses? This is the question SGA presidential candidate Shay’na Fields hopes to tackle in her term. Her answer? “We have to find the differences and link them,” Fields said. “Establishing a commonality … bridging the gap between organizations that may do the same thing or have the same initiatives, [but] they just don’t know each other.” Fields said that students on [...]
  • Conversations with presidential candidates: Nashbi Grand-Jean

    Nashbi Grand-Jean said it was “more of a spiritual calling” that lead him to pursue the office of SGA president. The junior Resident Assistant was inspired by former SGA President Fortune Onwuzuruike, who told him about the position. “He was one of the first people who told me, ‘Hey, you know it’s something to consider. You know your senior year, your junior year, to run as president,” he said. With four other candidates vying for [...]
  • University plans to expand staff and space in Counseling Center

    Recently, The Signal published an article detailing the growing student demand for counseling services at Georgia State and the counseling center’s struggles to meet those demands. Since the publication of that article, Georgia State officials Jill Lee-Barber, senior director of Psychological and Health services, and Allison Calhoun-Brown, interim vice president of Student Affairs, have met to discuss how to meet the growing needs of the Counseling and Testing Center. Here’s what they want students to [...]
  • Republican group tempts closeted conservatives with political action

    Peter Minetos, chair of College Republicans at Georgia State, hosted a set a of speakers at the Curve Center to enact grassroots movement among the Georgia State student body. Trey Kelley, representing District 16 and currently the youngest House Majority Whip, and Chad Williams-Owens, the 14-year-old Executive Director of the Black Conservative movement spoke. Minetos initiated the meeting with volunteer options with prominent Georgia politicians, such as Stewart Bragg, the Georgia Director at the Republican [...]
  • “Déjà vu” for SGA President Patterson

    The Student Government Association met for their second university-wide meeting of the spring semester on Feb. 28. During this meeting, SGA President Franklin Patterson confronted the senators asking them to step up and share their constituents concern. “This year, one of the things I came to do was to serve the student population,” Patterson said. When, at this particular meeting, there was no proposed legislation to review, Patterson decided to take a different approach to [...]
  • GSU professors assess criminal bias

    Mass incarceration has always been a controversial issue in society, but now individuals like to tamper with criminal sentences. Eyal Aharoni, assistant professor of psychology, Sarah Brosnan, professor of psychology and philosophy and Heather Kleider-Offutt, associate professor of psychology are working together as a team to determine how bias is found among individuals in deciding criminal sentences. “Our goals are to characterize how our internal biases and our informational environments work together to shape our [...]
  • Breaking even: how the bookstore profits off you

    In 2000, the Georgia State bookstore had a 1.3 million loss in profit. Now, the Georgia State bookstore breaks even in part due to student buyer loyalty – though that’s now on the decline too. Wade Douglas, store manager of Georgia State’s bookstore has worked for the company for the past 18 years and has seen this change firsthand. Douglas faced the deficit 18 years ago and managed to shift from red numbers back to [...]
  • Advisement advice: the numbers behind GSU advisement efficiency

    The University Advisement Center often receives a bad rep from students who share their complicated experiences. After crunching some numbers and reaching out to Timothy Renick, the senior vice president for Student Success, The Signal found that compared the the national average of 1 adviser per 300 students, Georgia State’s Advisement Center is actually lower than average at one adviser per 239 students. In 2011, the ratio was double it is now, at 700-to-1. But [...]
  • It’s not the White House, but it’ll do: SGA president receives housing stipend

    Every Student Government Association president from this year, starting with the 89th administration, forward will receive a $3,000 credit per semester off their university housing costs. But it doesn’t stop there, when this $6,000 stipend is added to the compensation of about $7,000 a year, the current president – given no changes – and all subsequent presidents net approximately $13,000 per year from the university. SGA President Franklin Patterson said he was told by Corey [...]