• 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, [...]
  • Slippery Slope or Problem Solved? ACDC to give victims the power to hack their attackers

    The Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (ACDC), introduced by Georgia Congressman Tom Graves’ office, gives companies and individuals the power to monitor hacker activity. Under the act, companies can recover and corrupt stolen files and use beaconing technology, which allows its users to track nearby devices with wireless or bluetooth capabilities. The act modifies the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), which bars individuals and companies from using anything beyond preventative measures to protect themselves. [...]
  • Pricing and overflow accommodation still a housing concern

    Student housing made local news earlier this semester for overbudgetting the amount of students they’d be able to accommodate. As a result, over 400 students were moved from the nearby Sheraton hotel, to on-campus dorms as surprise-roommates to other students. The department rewarded all students affected with a cut in pricing, which for many was a break they were more than eager to get. “I would have had to pay $4,764 to have my own [...]
  • GSUPD checks in with SGA on new trends and updates

    In their last meeting before Thanksgiving break, Georgia State’s Student Government (SGA) welcomed a visit from the chief of police Joseph Spillane who came out to offer a list of updates from GSUPD. “It’s not a requirement, [but] we choose to be accredited to make sure we are following the industry best practices and really coming along as a police department in the 21st century which is different than it was in the 20th century [...]
  • Police require a permit to feed homeless, Atlanta activists refuse

    Georgia State Police issued a ticket to charity group Food Not Bombs in Hurt Park last week for a ‘food service violation’ after they began handing out food to the city’s homeless population as they’ve done for eight years. In the past month, GSUPD have been enforcing a city-wide, almost forgotten legislation which prohibits food donations without a designated, and expensive, permit from the city. State law 511-6-1-02 was originally intended for food trucks and [...]
  • Doubling up as a full-time student, and a full-time mom

    Georgia State student Ashley Stroud prepares for a busy day every morning: classes, work, and a 10-year-old son. “My biggest struggle would be getting enough sleep. My son and I have to get up around 5:30 A.M. to be out of the house at 6:45 A.M. to get him to school on time. After dropping him off, I’ll head to my classes. I may have to go to work after class depending on the day, [...]
  • Department of Transportation forced to return unused money

    The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) gave back $4.3 million to the federal government, which had been allocated towards improving the state’s transportation systems. GDOT Director of Strategic Communications Scott Higley said they chose not to use the money as it went over their budget. “Our department’s total budget was $3.5 billion,” whereas the budget for the program “was given $155 million of that budget,” he said. The money was to target for alternative transportation [...]
  • Weekly News Briefs: Nov. 27

    Local Sheriff issues warning statement on DUIs Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman published a statement on Facebook last Friday warning drivers of the punishments to come for driving under the influence. The sheriff’s statement came about a week after two officers were hit by two suspected DUI drivers, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I don’t want to see you in jail, lose your license, or spend thousands of dollars in fines and fees, but that [...]
  • Weekly Crime Blotter: Nov. 27

    Nov. 16 Ain’t no rollin when she’s gone A student complained of their bicycle being stolen near the E Parking Lot. GSUPD is still investigating the case. Nov. 17 (Not) happy holidays! A student was arrested in the University Commons for underage alcohol possession at 12:30 a.m. Nov. 19 Get him! A student fell victim to sexual battery while on John Wesley Dobbs around 7 p.m. Police are still investigating the incident. Is that punishable? [...]