• The University Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs holds a meeting to discuss hybrid courses and the upcoming semester

    Because it’s the semester midpoint, faculty and staff will evaluate how the school year has progressed thus far. The Georgia State community has experienced a lot of change this year, from Georgia State University President Mark Becker’s resignation to hybrid learning. The University Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs held a meeting on Thursday to discuss plans moving forward. There are 19 University Senate committees. According to the University Senate website, the Faculty Affairs Committee is [...]
  • The Rialto Center for the Arts uses livestreams to promote events

    Despite its silent halls, the Rialto Center for the Arts has rediscovered its voice through a different instrument: livestreams. The Rialto Center was built in 1968 and is owned by Georgia State. It’s been silent since the beginning of quarantine. However, Lee Foster, the Rialto Center’s executive director, said that the center would host various online music series in collaboration with GSUTV. Lee Foster is a relatively new face at the Rialto Center. Georgia State [...]
  • The advisement department struggles to operate under wage gaps

    Despite a majority of students attending online courses, the Academic Advisement Center remains accessible. The center offers various student services like creating or adjusting academic plans via Webex so that advisors can better accommodate students.  But how are students responding to the virtual advisement format?  The Georgia State University Advisement Center serves all freshman, sophomores and juniors. Seniors, however, are served by the Office of Academic Assistance in their major college.  The National Academic Advising [...]
  • Oct.13: News Briefs & Crime Blotter

    NEWS BRIEFS  LOCAL Woman accused of smuggling drugs to inmates A Dawsonville woman faces several felonies for smuggling meth and illegal substances to North Georgia inmates. The investigation began last month when deputies found contraband in the Lumpkin County Detention Center; it led to the arrest of 26-year-old Kimberly Biggs. While investigating the woman’s home, investigators obtained paraphernalia and a cellphone. Biggs is linked to 38-year-old Calvin Turner who is her meth supplier. Briggs is [...]
  • SGA U-Wide Senate Meeting — Effective outreach and SERT

    On Thursday, the Student Government Association’s 91st administration held its third University-Wide Senate meeting of the semester.  The meeting began around 7:15 p.m. with the usual roll call; however, executive vice presidents and senators were asked to answer two questions before proceeding. Hoping to keep students “F.I.R.S.T,” SGA University-wide President Kaelen Thomas’s first question to SGA members was “how can we effectively reach out to students?” The majority of members believe that heightening the student [...]
  • ‘Outside the box and inside the house’: Local physician talks COVID and college

    With coronavirus myths aroused, Dr. Neha Shah suggests students think “outside the box and inside the house.” Dr. Shah, a physician at Piedmont Healthcare, wants to debunk the idea that only older people are affected by COVID-19, and address its risks and severity for young adults and college students. Shah is no stranger to viruses. She studied at the St. George’s University School of Medicine and then became a resident of internal medicine and fellow [...]
  • Georgia State promotes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. In the United States alone, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. On average, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with Breast Cancer every two minutes, making it one of the most common cancers worldwide according to the World Health Association.  Jill-Lee-Barber, associate vice president for student health and wellness, discussed activities Georgia [...]
  • The Fulbright Program is at a standstill

    Every year, graduates apply to the Fulbright Student Program hoping to get a chance to conduct research, study and teach abroad; however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many may not get the chance. According to its website, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program “provides grants for individually designed study [and] research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.” The program is the “largest U.S. exchange program” that allows students the opportunity for international research. But COVID-19 [...]
  • Oct. 6: News Briefs & Crime Blotter

    NEWS BRIEFS  LOCAL Mattie’s call issued for Tiola Vaughan On Friday, 57-year-old Atlanta woman Tiola Laverne Vaughan went missing from Emory hospital around 10 a.m. Vaughn is diagnosed with schizophrenia, leading to a Mattie’s call going out on Saturday. Similar to an Amber Alert, a Mattie’s call is an emergency missing alert for disabled or eldery people. Vaughan is a Black woman who was last seen wearing a gray Georgia Tech sweatshirt, brown pants and [...]
  • Students can not buy course materials to maintain enrollment

    As the fall semester midpoint approaches, some students are beginning to study for midterms, while others are being dropped from their classes. A few students have not been able to buy their books because they are struggling to receive their financial aid refunds.  Georgia State student Jess Brown relies on her refund to pay for needed course material, and she took to Reddit to complain about the matter. She said that her Spanish class required [...]
  • Creative students with disabilities raise funds for the future

    The Inclusive Digital Expression and Literacy (IDEAL) program, announced a fundraising raffle through Instagram on Sept. 16. A person who donated any amount of money would get 10 entries in the raffle. “We will be pulling from a list of names on Tuesday, [Sept. 29],” the Instagram post stated. “Everyone who enters qualifies for a chance to win a free photoshoot with @APVISUALS and IDEAL Swag.” The campaign’s monetary goal is $10,000; as of Sept. [...]
  • GSU Professor creates an intervention for language-based learning disabilities

    Cynthia Puranik, a communication sciences and disorders professor at Georgia State, is developing a new intervention program for early childhood education students with language learning disabilities.  The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences granted Puranik a $1.4 million grant. Colleagues at Seton Hall, including professor of speech-language pathology Anthony Koutsoftas, are helping Puranik develop the intervention program for students with language-based learning disabilities, or LLD.  “Students with LLD have a disability related to [...]
  • Happy Disability Employment Awareness Month

    The month of March is annually recognized as Developmental Disability Awareness Month, and Georgia State’s Center for Leadership in Disability encouraged students to spread awareness by using the hashtag #DDawareness2020 on social media. For the month of October, the nation recognizes Disability Employment Awareness Month. In 1945, Congress passed a law to annually celebrate the first week of October as Disability Employment Awareness Week.  Though it was originally called National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week, [...]
  • Sept. 29: News Briefs & Crime Blotter

    NEWS BRIEFS  LOCAL President Trump campaigns in Atlanta  On Friday, President Trump landed in Atlanta to host his campaign and win over the Black vote. With less than two months from Election Day, President Trump introduced the “Platinum Plan” that intends to provide Black economic empowerment. The plan includes a pledge of 500,000 new Black-owned businesses and 3 million new jobs for the Black community. NATIONAL Protests follow Breonna Taylor’s case decision  After Breonna Taylor’s [...]
  • Panthers push to make the university more diverse

    On June 9, Provost Wendy Hensel announced the Task Force for Racial Equality, composed of faculty and students. It intends to look deeper into Georgia State’s race relations and recommend an action plan.  Now it’s nearly October, and the task force has already made preliminary recommendations to tackle discrimination at Georgia State. The task force will investigate the issues more closely this month, and its final recommendations will come this November. According to the task [...]