• Increase of package delays during this holiday season

    Increase of package delays during this holiday season

    January 12, 2021 Leah Li 0
    USPS began informing their customers about package delays due to limited transportation availability through their website early in April. As the holiday season approaches, USPS continues emphasizing the importance of mailing packages early.   The USPS official website states that they are “experiencing unprecedented volume increases and limited employee availability due to the impacts of COVID-19.” These COVID-related difficulties have caused package delays to become another widely-discussed topic amid the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has lasted [...]

  • Georgia State Police Department Chief resigns after second DUI arrest

    Georgia State Police Department Chief Joseph Spillane has resigned after being arrested for a DUI charge in Fayette County. This arrest is Spillane’s second DUI charge as Georgia State chief of police. Following his resignation, the university named Assistant Chief Anthony Coleman as interim police chief. Peachtree City Police arrested Spillane on Nov. 25 at 11:22 p.m. at a traffic stop on Highway 54.   According to the incident report, police officers stopped Spillane due to [...]
  • Georgia State top donor convicted of accounting fraud charges

    Parker H. “Pete” Petit, an alumnus of and former multi-million-dollar donor to Georgia State, pleaded guilty on fraud accounting charges.  Audrey Strauss, the acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced after a four-week trial, Petit was convicted of one count of securities fraud that carries up to 20 years in federal prison.  Along with William Taylor, the former chief operating officer of MiMedx Group, Inc., who pleaded guilty of conspiracy to [...]
  • Who will control the U.S. Senate? Breakdown of Georgia’s run-off election

    Georgia faces two runoffs for both its U.S. Senate seats. Voters will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate with two January runoff elections.  Georgia election rules called for runoff races for both Senate seats when no candidate in either race received the 50% majority of votes required by Georgia Law to be titled the winner during the Nov. 3 general election.  Democrats need to flip both seats to have unified control of the White [...]
  • Georgia State students warn about cheating through GroupMe

    Apps like GroupMe could help students keep in touch with their classmates outside of the classroom, reminding each other of upcoming assignments and what happened in class if they are absent from class.  This semester, students relied on GroupMe more than ever due to most classes being online. The app’s increased use led to more cheating scandals and inappropriate messages circulating in an environment meant to be educational. With the increased use of technology and [...]
  • On-campus students receive gifts for taking COVID-19 tests

    Georgia State housing offers gifts and incentive drawings for students taking COVID-19 tests on campus to encourage more people to get tested.  Since Sept. 28, University Housing started to provide $5 vouchers for on-campus dining sites like Chick-Fil-A and Steak ‘n Shake for housing students who take COVID-19 tests on-campus.  To encourage more students to get tested, every week from Oct. 26 through Dec. 4, tested students will qualify for incentive drawings for prizes up [...]
  • Georgia State will host in-person graduation in December

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the university canceled all formal events, including graduation ceremonies for 2020 graduates.  On Dec.16 and 17, Georgia State will hold its 105th in-person commencement ceremony to celebrate all 2020 graduates.  Chandler Brown, coordinator of Administrative Communications at Georgia State, “We wish we were celebrating together in person today, Chandler Brown, coordinator of Administrative Communications at Georgia State said. [We] look forward to seeing everyone at our in-person ceremonies as soon [...]
  • Georgia State’s $85.2 million project for Aug. 2022

    Georgia State’s current projects — the greenway, Hurt Park’s renovation and the convocation center — have been criticized after announcing these projects’ budgets. Since last year, Georgia State withdrawals have increased by 10% after students moved to online learning.  The patronage of the projects It’s not clear if enough students will be on campus to enjoy the projects after crews complete their renovations. Zuri Nelson, a senior at Georgia State, felt the construction projects would [...]
  • Georgia State Professor Carolyn Bourdeaux pulls off upset in Georgia’s 7th District

    Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux has flipped Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, defeating Republican Rich McCormick. After incumbent Rep. Rob Woodall announced his retirement, the open seat became a top priority for Democrats seeking to expand their majority in the House. She grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, and the daughter of public school teachers. Just like many others during the 1990s, Bourdeaux’s family suffered during the recessions.  Thanks to federal loans and public grants, she earned a bachelor’s [...]
  • Alumni tell students to take their time with graduating

    “What if I don’t graduate on time?” is a thought almost every college student has had before. Getting valuable experience while in school can determine if a student is prepared for life after graduation.  The pandemic has caused students to stress over graduating more than usual.  Many students didn’t land the internship they were hoping for, or it got cut short because of COVID-19, leaving them wondering about their future.  Withdrawal rates have spiked again, [...]
  • Profile of the poll: A look at who’s on your ballot

    It’s voting season again, and thousands of Georgians will stand in long lines at the polls to make their voices heard. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that in the first 11 days of early voting alone, participating Georgians beat their count in the 2016 election. The presidential candidates are household names, and the candidates for Senate appear regularly in YouTube ads. However, some lesser-known candidates are still on the ballot, including those running for the public [...]
  • USG announces Georgia State’s presidential taskforce

    On Sept. 15, The Signal reported that a nationwide search had begun for Georgia State’s next president after the announcement of Georgia State University President Mark Becker’s retirement.  On Oct. 29, the University System of Georgia named the members of the Georgia State University Presidential Search Committee to find Becker’s replacement.  “[Georgia State] is a national leader in student success with significant increases in graduation rates. Our national search seeks someone with the knowledge, energy [...]
  • Nov. 3: News Briefs & Crime Blotter

    NEWS BRIEFS  LOCAL 28-year-old man shot outside Riverdale High School Police have identified the man shot outside Riverdale High School early Tuesday night as Eyton Lemar Edwards. The Clayton County Police Department discovered Edwards’ body outside the school parking lot shot to death. Officials say the man was not a member of faculty or staff, police are still trying to figure out what sparked the incident.  NATIONAL Amy Coney Barrett sworn into Supreme Court  Amy [...]
  • Student Government Association gets a new logo and standing with GSU

    At the Oct. 8 Student Government Association University-Wide Senate meeting, SGA members finally voted on a new logo. Following this new decision, all SGA members have recently decided to take steps. “We will now move on to our first item under old business, which is the SGA logo,” SGA University-Wide President Kaelen Thomas said at the meeting. “So, SGA has been working towards creating a new logo … and revis[ing] the logo design that was [...]
  • Facilities vice president forecasts Georgia State’s future projects

    At Wednesday’s Georgia State Budget Committee meeting, Facilities Management Vice President Ramesh Vakamudi gave updates on the university’s construction projects. Progress on Georgia State’s several construction projects has not dwindled, and Vakamudi expects a couple of projects to be done next year. “We’ve been busy since March,” Vakamudi said. “We’ve [been] working non-stop since April. We’ve not stopped since then.” Social Distancing on the Campus Their most immediate project introduced social distancing to the campus. [...]
  • Perimeter students can no longer dine on campus

    Due to a decrease in face-to-face classes and on-campus activities, Perimeter dining halls saw a considerable decline in business.  As a result, Perimeter campus dining halls have closed for the remainder of the fall 2020 semester. Executive Director of Dining and Sustainability Lenore Musick said this change in sales and not meeting business expenses were the leading causes for the campus cafeterias closing.  The reopening of the cafes has yet to be determined by the [...]