• President Franklin Patterson promises improvements within SGA in the year ahead

    Editor’s Note: This article has been updated on June 8 to provide a brief addition addressing what Spotlight’s plans are for the 2018-19 academic year. With the Student Government Association’s new administration, led by SGA President Franklin Patterson, underway, Georgia State students can expect many changes to come in the year ahead. With the passage of two new bills in May, SGA plans to not only be more involved with the student body but to [...]
  • Air pollution in Atlanta worsening amid regulation rollbacks by the Trump administration

    Georgia’s short term ozone pollution has worsened according to the 2018 air quality report by the American Lung Association (ALA). This report came in the midst of several rollbacks on environmental protections by Scott Pruitt, the current administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Britney Reddick, the media coordinator for the ALA, said, “The ‘State of the Air’ 2018 found ozone pollution worsened significantly in 2014 to 2016 compared to the previous report. Many cities [...]
  • Medical marijuana for PTSD: Updates to policy and the ongoing limitations

    House Bill 65 was passed by Georgia legislature and signed by Gov. Nathan Deal on May 8 to continue the expansion of medical marijuana, adding more treatable conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It will take effect on July 1. Dr. Harry Heiman, a clinical associate professor at the Georgia State School of Public Health said, “One of the challenges for medical marijuana is that it hasn’t been studied for most of the conditions that [...]
  • Organizations recognized for giving H.O.P.E.

    On May 1, 2018, the Georgia State University Police Department hosted an awards ceremony recognizing several homeless shelters and individuals who have contributed to combating homelessness in downtown Atlanta. The awards were hosted by Sgt. Joseph Corrigan. The ceremony was opened with prayer and songs sung by the choir from the Stepping Stone Mission Church. The awards were a part of a program started by Chief Joseph Spillane in June 2017 called the Homeless Outreach [...]
  • Cameron Padgett: Identitarian or Racist?

    Posters put up by the Atlanta Antifascists warning against “white nationalist scum” emerged around the downtown campus on the night of April 8. The Atlanta Antifascists organization has published a summary on their website documenting the alleged alt-right agenda of Cameron Padgett, a graduate student at Georgia State. Padgett is the booking agent and legal advocate for Richard Spencer, a white supremacist known for his rallies and attempts to gather support at various college campuses. [...]
  • Atlanta’s plan for 100 percent renewable energy: What’s been done to reach this ambitious goal

    On May 1, 2017, a resolution introduced by Kwanza Hall was passed during the Atlanta City Council that commits Atlanta to transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy. A year later, the Atlanta Office of Resilience has created a plan for the ambitious goal and is taking action now to meet the deadlines. Cicely Garrett, the deputy chief resilience officer for the city of Atlanta Office of Resilience explained the office’s role in policy implementation in [...]
  • A look into what can lead to homelessness

    Homelessness and poverty are widespread issues across the globe and can be caused by a variety of different factors, leading to the many common misconceptions regarding the homeless community. In Atlanta, despite seeing a 25 percent decrease in homeless individuals since 2015, more than 10,000 people were homeless in a 2017 Point-In-Time Homeless Count. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “The homeless count is crucial for meeting federal requirements to continue receiving funds for homeless [...]
  • Georgia State student killed in Dekalb shooting

    A Georgia State student was the victim of a shooting at a Citgo gas station on Columbia Drive in DeKalb County on Tuesday, May 15. He has been identified as 24 year-old senior Jason Williams. He was reported missing by his family after he missed a job orientation that was scheduled for Wednesday morning, according to a Facebook post made by the family. Williams arrived at the gas station with another man who has yet [...]
  • Patterson reaches agreement for Commencement

    After meeting with Georgia State’s Division of Student Affairs and speaking with Georgia State University President Mark Becker, graduating students within the College of Arts and Sciences are now getting the recognition that they had hoped for. A recognition ceremony will occur on Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m. in the GSU Sports Arena. On Thursday, May 10, the Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony was abruptly cut short following the threat of rain and lightning [...]
  • A Stadium of Boos, Students Demand Action

    Angered students are calling for a graduation make-up, but Georgia State says the most they’ll do is reconsider next year’s ceremony. Georgia State College of Arts and Sciences students, their families and friends gathered at Georgia State Stadium on Thursday, May 10 for the spring commencement ceremony. However, the ceremony was cut short due to inclement weather and now many students are demanding action from the university. The ceremony was scheduled to start at 7 [...]
  • Data privacy concerns do little to change the masses

    In early March it was revealed that data firm Cambridge Analytica had gained access to the data of up to 87 million Facebook users. Since then, many have questioned the security of their online information. According to The Guardian, it is believed that this information was used in order to influence the outcome of the 2016 election, leading some users to delete their accounts altogether as part of the “#DeleteFacebook” movement. However, despite shares initially [...]
  • Billionaire activist calls to impeach Trump in Atlanta

    Billionaire Tom Steyer came to Atlanta on April 16 with a clear message: impeach Donald Trump. Steyer is the largest individual Democratic donor and the face of the “Need to Impeach” campaign which accuses Trump of eight impeachable offenses. The event was held at Georgia Freight Depot and Steyer said, as he as has many times, that “our democracy is under attack.” This $20 million campaign is only part of his efforts to create a [...]
  • Off-duty GSUPD officer shoots alleged attacker

    An off-duty Georgia State police officer shot a man who was allegedly attacking her. The female officer was off-duty at the time and was working as a security guard near the Greyhound bus station at 243 Forsyth St. SW when the man approached around 7:30 p.m. GSUPD Chief Joseph Spillane told FOX5 the man in question was known to hang out in the area. According to Channel 2, the officer tried to de-escalate the situation [...]
  • Development projects become a point of contention amongst Atlanta leaders and residents

    In the past decade, Atlanta has become all-too-familiar with the presence of large-scale urban development. The recent announcements of two significant development projects, a new pedestrian bridge and a MARTA extension have both urban planners and city leaders abuzz. The pedestrian bridge connecting Vine City to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a $23 million project that, according to contractor Georgia Bridge & Concrete’s website, “is designed to improve interconnectivity between the Westside neighborhood, downtown Atlanta and [...]
  • Will Governor sign Campus Speech bill?

    Senate Bill 339 is on Governor Nathan Deal’s desk after receiving approval from the Georgia General Assembly. The new bill would make college policies less restrictive for groups and speakers to obtain permits to the university free speech zones. The issue came into the spotlight when Christian organization Ratio Christi sued Kennesaw State University in February 2018, alleging unconstitutional restrictions on speech and post displays. The club claimed that, after calling their pro-life posts “controversial,” [...]