• Know your leaders: Tackling staff accessibility

    In January, The Signal tackled staff accessibility within university departments and their inclusion of staff contact information on their websites, prompting website changes from two university departments. Student concerns echoed the lack of PantherDining’s staff directories first. There were no bulletin boards outlining who the employees of each dining hall were, prompting one student to go on a scavenger hunt to get in touch with a manager. There was no website containing emails or contact [...]
  • Students launch initiative against gun violence, “Say Their Names”

    A day after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Georgia State student Sara Jane Wardlaw decided it was time to raise awareness on gun violence around the university’s campus. Wardlaw, alongside her friend Michelle Brown, put up posters around Georgia State’s campus that highlighted the names of the 17 victims that lost their lives on Feb. 14, 2018. “We were like, ‘what can we do?’ because we need to do something to make this stop,” [...]
  • Georgia State re-launches faculty diversity goals

    In 2016, there were double the amount of white tenured professors to black tenured professors at Georgia State, a statistic in stark contrast when compared to the university’s nationally ranked student diversity. Part of the school’s 2011 overall strategy was to establish a diversity plan for the school population. Designed to promote racial and gender diversity among faculty, the plan ended in 2016. But one year later, Dr. Jim Ainsworth, chair of the University Senate’s [...]
  • Georgia State housing encounters increasing facility issues

    For several Georgia State students, facility issues in residence halls have become progressively noticeable. And for one, these issues have become hazardous. Lola Velichkovsky, a Georgia State international economics major, lived in Piedmont North in the fall of 2017. She decided to move to University Commons after experiencing facility problems in her room that quickly led to personal health issues. “I did not feel that the health conditions were up to code,” she said. According [...]
  • Weekly Crime Blotter: Feb. 26

    Feb. 21 He’s acting weird… A Georgia State student was reported of acting suspiciously around the Commerce Building, around 3:00 p.m. Police are investigating the claims. Don’t wanna see that! A Georgia State student complained of being witness to an individual publicly exposing himself near the Urban Life building. The case is still active. Not today! Two Georgia State students were arrested near the Urban Life building for possession of an ounce or less of [...]
  • Weekly News Briefs: Feb. 26

    Local New ‘Religious Liberty’ bill passes Senate On Friday, Feb. 23, the Georgia Senate approved a bill that would allow adoption agencies to reject gay couples and use religion as a justification. Senate Bill 375 has previously raised concerns, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, of hurting Atlanta’s chances of landing Amazon’s HQ2. Sponsor Sen. William Ligon, said the bill will encourage more religious-based agencies to open up and thus open “as many doors as possible [...]
  • “I think it’s a big problem”: Why SGA is concerned with GSUPD

    Georgia State safety has once again made it to the hot topic list within the university’s student government. Senators have been bringing up lack of officer attendance, functionality of call boxes and concerns with the police department, and are actively looking for solutions. Concerns that the GSUPD chief confirmed the department has addressed. One major concern in SGA’s last January meeting was absence of officers around town at night time. Senators brought up both the [...]
  • SGA talks elections, hears updates from president

    The university’s Student Government Association has been springing into action, weeks before the next election, keeping up with weekly Thursday meetings. In their last university-wide meeting, senators put a special focus on the upcoming student government elections. In a university-wide bill to amend the election code of executive races, SGA President Corey Gray and Sen. Nashi Grand-Jean called for a change in winning results. In the past, running candidates had to achieve over 50 percent [...]
  • Goodbye, Georgia Tech: Georgia State Plans New Convocation Center

    Georgia State could be boasting a new state-of-the-art facility in just three short years, if all goes as planned. The new project was included in the 2019 fiscal budget presented by Gov. Nathan Deal on January 11. The total estimated budget for this project is $80 million with $60 million coming from state funding and 20 million from private funding. The proposed multi-level, 200,000 square-foot facility will be built on the corner of Fulton Street [...]
  • Addressing the bigger problem: What GSUPD is doing to help the homeless

    Randell is a homeless man from Thomasville, Georgia. He has lived in and out of prisons, homeless shelters and mental health hospitals. Now he lives under a bridge near Georgia State’s campus. “I was a dog. I never knew my biological family,” James P. Randell said. “I stay under the bridge near Avis. I have my own path back there. They’re willing enough to let me keep my property at the Waffle House on Courtland. [...]
  • Georgia calls for action at Capitol protest

    Over 1,500 protesters gathered outside of the Georgia Capitol on Feb. 21, 2018 to protest for stricter gun laws in the wake of the Parkland massacre. The protesters were mostly mothers and grandmothers representing the organization Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. They protested outside until around 11:30 a.m., and then entered the golden domed building to bring their claims to representatives, at the time breaking from session. Jake Busch, a senior at [...]
  • Atlanta’s youth becoming collateral damage to city’s burgeoning drug trade

    In the past decade, Atlanta has become a hub for drug distribution in America. A 2009 Department of Justice assessment reported the city’s growing narcotics prevalence, production, distribution, and abuse, and the Drug Enforcement Administration considers Atlanta to be a critical drug-trafficking region of the United States. Both agencies have since committed HIDTA (High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) law-enforcement assistance programs to the area. The prevalence of drugs is due in part to the location, according [...]
  • Weekly News Briefs: Feb. 19

    Local Atlanta Public Schools reassure parents of students’ safety Atlanta Public Schools executive director Marquenta Sands Hall announced that local school systems will be taking extra precautions following the Florida high school shooting. According to the Marietta Daily Journal, she said they will now plan on re-implementing surprise drills, including active shooter ones at random times and schools. Both APS superintendent Meria Carstarphen and the Fulton County School System sent out statements shortly after the [...]
  • Weekly Crime Blotter: Feb. 19

    Feb. 14 A little too much urbanization… A non-Georgia State individual was arrested near the Urban Life building for drinking in public around 7:30 p.m. Goin’ nuts! Two Georgia State students were accused of acting in a disorderly fashion in Langdale Hall. The GSUPD case is still active. Unwanted Valentine A Georgia State student complained of being the victim of sexual battery and misconduct in the Clarkston Campus library. GSUPD has cleared the case. Something [...]
  • College Law students offering pro-bono defense for struggling renters

    It is common knowledge Atlanta has a housing affordability problem. The city has made headlines for not only its unaffordable rent prices but also its recent eviction problems. That’s where the Atlanta Housing Court Assistance Center comes in. The Center began as the Fulton County Answers Clinic in 2016 but closed in August 2017. It reopened Oct. 3, 2017, as the Housing Court Assistance Center through a coalition between the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, the [...]