• Breaking: Petition mounts to expel soccer player

    Georgia State women’s soccer team member Natalia Martinez is suspended from the university’s team after using the N-word on her Finsta account on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. Martinez is a freshman defender from Florida, who is petitioned for expulsion by other Georgia State students after getting exposed. Her name is no longer on the team’s roster team. Georgia State University Sports Communications released a statement saying they were aware of an “incident on social media” [...]
  • New Mayor and New Plans. What can we expect in the next four years?

    Keisha Lance Bottoms emerged as victor over Mary Norwood in an intense – and stretched – political battle for mayor of Atlanta last month. With her new position as the head of the city, she has promised to lay the foundation for various social programs to help increase the opportunities of minorities and low-income individuals throughout the city. She calls this plan All Rise, because she believes that Atlantans will be able to rise up [...]
  • The garden magic of Georgia State’s back yard

    In July 2016, Georgia State’s PantherDining began using a freight farm located behind Piedmont North to produce crops, such as kale, lettuce and herbs, using a method known as hydroponics. Hydroponics is the process of growing crops without soil while using a nutrient based water solution. “With hydroponics, the nutrients come from a derivative of a solution that aids the plant in speedy seed germination and growth without need for extensive root growth,” said James [...]
  • African-American women in politics share the obstacles they face – and how they overcome them

    Since the 2016 election, women have been running for office in record-breaking numbers. Georgia State women share their experiences of what it is like being a woman studying political science. She Should Run, an organization that trains women interested in being politicians, saw an increase of annual inquiries from 1,800 to 15,000 since November 2016. The increase hasn’t been just from Democratic leaders eager to take a leadership role, but also from members that want [...]
  • The Atlanta HIV Epidemic That Remains

    HIV in Atlanta has steadily climbed to reach an epidemic level on par with developing countries and isn’t getting any better. Earlier this summer, Dr. Carlos del Rio, co-director of Emory University’s Center for AIDS Research, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that HIV levels of Downtown Atlanta were “as bad as Zimbabwe or Harare or Durban.” But why? According to, more than 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV and less than [...]
  • Weekly News Briefs: Jan 15

    Local Flu season turns deadly in Georgia The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed there have already been five influenza-related deaths this flu season. The most dominant strain this flu season is H3N2, associated with severe symptoms. It is included in this year’s flu vaccine. The flu rates have not yet reached those of the 2014-2015 flu season, another severe year when H3N2 was common. National Hawaii shaken by false alarm Hawaii residents waited [...]
  • Weekly Crime Blotter: Jan. 15

    Jan 8 Attempted suicide At the university Lofts, a Georgia State student attempted suicide. If you see something… A call was made from Kell hall about suspicious behavior by a Georgia State student. The case was cleared. Jan 10 Is that a threat? A case is active involving the robbery of a Georgia State student by intimidation that occurred off the Downtown campus. If it’s not tied down… Larceny in the university Commons was reported [...]
  • How a long feud between Reed and AJC reached the mayor’s race

    In the final days of the mayoral runoff, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed criticized a piece by Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) columnist Bill Torpy for what he believes were attempts to discredit Reed’s endorsement in the mayoral race. The piece in question focuses on Atlanta’s participation in the Safe Cities Network, an XX organization, and the possible hypocrisy Torpy suggested it poses for the city to also maintain a lucrative partnership between the Atlanta City Detention [...]
  • Weekly News Briefs: Jan. 8

    Local Atlanta Freeze nearly over Atlanta, and much of the south, endured temperatures far below freezing beginning Thursday. Temperatures reached down to as low as 10 degrees, with wind chill. According to their twitter, the city of Atlanta opened warming stations overnight Thursday in Grant Park at 537 Park Ave. SE, at Central Recreation Center at 400 Merrits Ave. NE in the Old Fourth Ward, and at Old Adamsville Recreation Center at 3404 Delmar Lane [...]
  • Weekly Crime Blotter: Jan. 8

    Dec. 22 That’s inhumane! A Georgia State staff member reported having their things tampered with and damaged while inside the Arts and Humanities building. The case is still active. Jan. 2 Smells fishy… Members of Georgia State staff in the Urban Life building reported property damage as well as the smell of smoke. The area was cleared and the case was closed. Jan. 3 No Trust A Georgia State staff member reported being assaulted at [...]
  • Woman found dead at Gwinnett Place Mall identified as Georgia State student

    A woman found dead at a mall in Gwinnett County on Dec. 21 was identified to be Georgia State student Silling Man. Man went missing in mid-October and had not been found until her death. According to Gwinnett County Police, her death has not yet been ruled a homicide and there are still investigations to be made. When asked about an update, Gwinnett County Police responded “We cannot provide any more information than what is [...]
  • President Mark Becker visits Israeli universities

    Early December, Georgia State University President Mark Becker visited Israel to gain insight on the practices of its universities and colleges and create a better relationship between them and Georgia State. The trip was sponsored by a nonprofit educational institute of the American Jewish Committee known as Project Interchange, who have hosted other seminars in Israel in the past, all aimed to bring community leaders together to share ideas and create solutions to local problems. [...]
  • New apartments aim for luxury and affordability

    The famous gas station-turned-landmark facing the University Commons that satisfied midnight craving runs for students has closed its doors, and will give way to a luxurious new – and greatly needed – off-campus housing facility. On Dec. 11, 2017, Suntrust Banks, Inc. rolled out a press release announcing they had closed a loan with South City Partners for the development of an off-campus student housing project. The new apartments are estimated to open their doors [...]
  • GSU to Study Impact of Yoga on Juvenile Offenders

    A team of public health specialists led by two professors at Georgia State hopes to establish links between the perceived benefits of yoga with improved outcomes for juvenile offenders over a three-year period. Dr. Ashli Owen-Smith, an Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy, is the principal investigator of this study, which she said was inspired by her personal experience. Owen-Smith practices yoga a couple of times per week, and she said she’s not alone. [...]
  • On the Road to Ending Cancer

    Imagine a world without cancer. Dr. Ning Fang’s development of Single Particle Orientation and Rotational Tracking (SPORT) is on the track of making that dream a reality. Fang is a chemistry professor at Georgia State. He developed SPORT to target cancer cells and track the relationship between a single particle and live cells. The research for SPORT began more than three years ago. Fang’s research was initially driven by curiosity. He was fascinated with nanomaterials, [...]