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  • 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,” [...]
  • Georgia State to nominate sites to the World Heritage List

    Georgia State has been tasked with getting some of the city’s Civil Rights Movement sites on the World Heritage list, a list put together by the UNESCO World Heritage Center. The list includes famous landmarks around the world, such as the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Wall of China. In 2018, the university was awarded $50,000 to nominate for the list sites that have played an integral role in the city’s and nation’s history. [...]
  • Who is Furquan Stafford?

    Two months ago, GSTV released a Panther Report on an individual they claimed was a doctorate student and Georgia State’s No. 1 fan. That same person was set to receive Georgia State’s President’s Volunteer Service Award yesterday, honoring students with exemplary community service. But Furquan Stafford isn’t a doctorate student. He’s not a Georgia State student at all. Now, he’s claiming he’s in pursuit of an honorary doctorate degree from Georgia State, but that Georgia [...]
  • The final curtain call for Kell Hall

    THE PLAN Kell Hall is set to be torn down as a part of Georgia State’s master plan. Kell will soon become a green space called the “Greenway,” part of a redesigning effort of the courtyard in front of Library North. The Signal has recently reported on the process of approval by Mark Becker in October 2013 and the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. The Signal also previously reported that Russell Seagren, Director [...]
  • Furquan Stafford, photographed by The Signal

    Breaking: University withholds award after failed fact-check revealed

    Last week, Furquan Stafford received an email from Georgia State’s Office of Civic Engagement informing him he was the chosen recipient set to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award, given to university students with volunteer service accomplishments. The only problem? Stafford isn’t enrolled in Georgia State, and hasn’t taken a class since 1997.
  • Weekly News Briefs: Apr. 17

    Local: McIver still in courts, won’t testify on his own behalf https://www.ajc.com/news/icymi-mciver-murder-trial-facebook-fallout-city-hall-scandal-and-shake/FDqmvzKpahnj8eaGbgnobM/ The Tex McIver case continues as the former lawyer takes the stand. Two charges about for influencing a witness were dropped by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney. The murder charges are still in play and come from McIver allegedly accidentally shooting his wife in a car while asleep. He also said to the court that he will not be testifying on [...]
  • Weekly Crime Blotter: Apr. 17

    April 10 That’s one way to wake up A student at Georgia State was the victim of a simple battery early in the morning at Piedmont North. This isn’t O-K! A suspicious person was spotted in the morning at the K Parking Deck on campus. Bringing green to the Urban city A Georgia State student was arrested for possession of marijuana at the Urban Life Building. April 11 Want a sip, officer? A non-Georgia State [...]
  • Recent protests raise questions regarding on-campus gun safety

    After the Parkland shooting this past February, House Bill 280 (HB280), or “Campus Carry,” and Georgia State’s preparedness in the event of a shooting have once again caused concern among the student body. “I have definitely seen a shift in people’s willingness to openly discuss their own views and openly oppose other people’s views,” Georgia State public policy student Audrey Maloof said. “[Gun violence] shouldn’t be impacting our educational environment. That bothers me.” In 2017, [...]
  • More women in politics, even in Georgia

    The 2016 election race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump served as inspiration for more women to get involved in the political world, and Georgia is no exception. “It’s something that has been building for a long time,” said Georgia State Political Science professor Alexandra Pauley. “The more women we see in positions of power, the more women will aspire to those positions.” This is known as the concept of descriptive representation, wherein a person [...]
  • Atlanta needs to develop its own style to remain in the industry

    In recent years, the Georgia media industry has seen a tremendous growth due in part to the state’s covetable tax incentives for film production. Hundreds of productions have amassed billions of dollars for the state’s economy, and Atlanta is now on the map as the No. 3 overall production center for film and TV. But as the city’s commercial media enterprises continue to flourish, questions have arisen over future sustainability of the industry here and [...]
  • Georgia State’s Recreation Center is paid off, leaving extra money to be used

    As Georgia State’s spring semester begins to wind down, plans for next year are already in the making. One plan, worth over one million dollars, is the reallocation of some student fees. Georgia State’s Atlanta campus is home to roughly 32,464 students. Previously, each student paid $53 towards the recreation center building through required student fees. However, as the building is finished and requires no further funding, the bond used to pay for the building [...]
  • 21 and in recovery: students share struggles of substance abuse in college

    A Georgia State graduate that wished to remain anonymous recalled getting drunk for the first time on the night of her high school graduation party. She told The Signal that while she never really drank much in high school, as she entered her first semester of college at Oglethorpe University and joined a sorority, drinking excessively became a part of her daily routine. “Even though Oglethorpe was a really small school, it still was pretty [...]
  • Patterson Takes SGA Presidency With 52 Percent

    On Thursday, April 5, students cast their final votes to determine their new Student Government Association President. Following a code violation, a runoff election was created between candidates Sai Maddali and Franklin Patterson. Now, four days later, the results are finally in, along with the previously announced winners of the additional leadership positions. With 503 votes (52.51 percent), Franklin Patterson won the seat of SGA President, with Sai Maddali in second with 455 votes (47.49 [...]