• What’s Next? Fall Classes and Administration On Campus

    Georgia is reopening—or is it? On May 18, there were over 38,000 cases of COVID-19 reported and over 1,600 deaths in the state of Georgia.  Gov. Brian Kemp has recently enacted plans to reopen the state.  “I don’t give a damn about politics right now,” Kemp said, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’re talking about somebody who has put their whole life into building a business, that has people that they love and work with [...]
  • Georgia State awards CARES Act funds to those in need

    COVID-19 has shown to not only affect people mentally and physically, but also financially.  College students, who already faced difficulties transitioning to online-classes, are having trouble finding a way to make ends meet during this financial strain.  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was created to deal with the economic impact caused by the pandemic.  According to Panther Answer, the U.S. secretary of education made final decisions on the financial resources [...]
  • Thomas takes oath, Mejia takes off — SGA Inauguration & First U-Wide Meeting

    91st Administration Takes Over The afternoon of May 7 signified a turning of the guard as the Student Government Association’s 90th administration, as well as Georgia State faculty, welcomed the 91st administration.  Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the student government held the inauguration on Microsoft Teams.  More than 90 people attended the inauguration, including faculty speakers, inaugurated members and members of the previous administration.  Kaelen Thomas, as de-facto president-elect after the disqualification of former [...]
  • Congratulations Class of 2020: Georgia State holds first virtual commencement

    On May 6, Georgia State held its first-ever virtual commencement to honor the achievements of the class of 2020.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a formal graduation was postponed until further notice.  Georgia State still wanted to celebrate its students in the meantime. According to Andrea Jones, associate vice president of Public Relations and Marketing at Georgia State, the Division of Public Relations and Marketing created the virtual celebration. “We wanted to celebrate the class [...]
  • Virtual Town Hall with President Mark Becker

    On April 17 at 1 p.m., Georgia State University President Mark Becker held a virtual town hall to speak on new updates and answer questions concerning the pandemic’s impact on Georgia State. The Effects of COVID-19 in Georgia  According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, 31,580 cases have been confirmed in Georgia and there are 1,348 confirmed deaths.  Becker announced that the tools to prevent and treat this virus are “so far limited.” According [...]
  • Have You Donated Your COVID-19 Story to Georgia State?

    On March 26, the Georgia State University Library started collecting stories from students, faculty and administration about COVID-19 through an online submission form.  According to Katherine Fisher, a Georgia State archivist, this practice is known as rapid-response collecting. It is used to preserve important records pertaining to current events and situations that will have long-term consequences and historical significance.  The form has not been advertised publicly due to the university’s adjustment to online classes and [...]
  • Georgia SGA leaders urge USG to adopt pass/fail system

    Student Government Association leaders across Georgia created a formal petition to ask the University System of Georgia to implement a pass/fail system in response to the COVID-19 crisis. By doing this, students that pass their classes would receive the credits for the course, and students that fail wouldn’t.  The purpose of the system is so that the grade a student receives in each class wouldn’t have an impact on their GPA.  According to SGA Atlanta [...]
  • Journey through Georgia’s environmental laws

  • Augusta University Health brings healthcare providers to you

  • Are shelter-in-place restrictions helping Atlanta recover?

    Besides news about the negative effects of COVID-19, there have been social media posts claiming that the environment has improved tremendously due to lack of human traffic in major cities around the world. A photoset went viral on March 30, and it showed clear canals in Venice with fish and other animals swimming in the water. The Venice mayor’s office said that the change is “not due to improved water quality”, but lack of sediment [...]
  • Sustainable practices to prepare for Earth Day during a pandemic

    Panthers will be celebrating Earth Day indoors this year, and The Signal would like to help by offering a list of ways to practice sustainable living during COVID-19. The threat of the virus demonstrates how society can come together to protect healthcare systems and its most vulnerable, according to Aaron Durnbaugh, the director of sustainability at Loyola University Chicago. Loyola University released an article by Durnbaugh on how students can practice sustainability during a crisis.  [...]
  • Pollen count — Painting Atlanta yellow

    While people practice social distancing, Atlanta is being painted yellow as the amount of pollen reaches record numbers.  On March 20, 2012, the highest pollen count ever recorded was at 9,369 particles per cubic meter, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. This year, on March 29, Atlanta reached a pollen count of 8,918 pollen particles per cubic meter. This is the second-highest count recorded in history, according to Atlanta Allergy & Asthma. According to its website, [...]
  • Library services still available after transition to online

    Since Georgia State’s closure, many services have been made available online, including Georgia State’s library.  “Each year, more than 90% of the money spent on collections goes toward electronic resources … These resources remain available in this crisis,” Dean of Libraries Jeff Steely said. “For many years, library professionals have developed online research guides and tutorials. We have facilitated remote assistance through a chat interface and a FAQ that remains available after hours.”  The library [...]
  • Sustainability Senate creates certificate open to students in any major

    With the threats of climate change and pollution ever-looming, there is a need for more professionals trained, taught and inspired to tackle these issues head-on. To encourage this career pathway, the Office of Sustainability is now offering a geoscience certificate in sustainability for students interested in this field of work. The only issue is finding interested students. Open to any major, the certificate requires only five courses, including an internship in geosciences or biology. Three [...]
  • How COVID-19 has changed the way your votes will be counted

    For the first time in Georgia history, presidential primaries and general elections will only be held via mailed-in ballots. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state has decided to extend the election date to June 9 with early voting beginning on May 18. Absentee ballots will be mailed to people in hopes to restrain voters from engaging with large groups at polling stations. Previously, the Georgia presidential primaries were scheduled for March 24. The date [...]