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  • Understanding the red flags of recession

    From the inversion of the yield curve, losses in the stock market, a trade war with China, Brexit to a looming recession, the past few news cycles have been inundated by constant talk of economic red flags that might have even made it to your Twitter feed. But what do these actually mean, and will they affect you? Recession has been a hot talking point in American and global economics recently. But economics jargon is [...]
  • Records don’t corroborate a professor’s claims of pressures to inflate grades

    Earlier this year, The Signal reported on a professor’s allegations of grade inflation within the College of Arts and Sciences.  The professor, who declined to be named in fear of retribution, said their department was given a written directive — corroborated by a document obtained by The Signal — to keep drop, withdrawal and fail (DWF) percentages below 12%.  “Telling us not to give out Ds and Fs is a pressure to grade inflate,” they [...]
  • Georgia State biology chair removed minutes before meeting

    “No one in our department had any idea this was coming,” Matthew Grober, director of undergraduate studies at the department of biology, said. According to Grober, Eric Gaucher, the previous chair of the department, was notified that he would be replaced minutes before the faculty meeting.  The biology department’s faculty meeting took place on April 26 at 3:30 p.m., where it was announced that Geert De Vries would replace Gaucher as the new chair of [...]
  • First Week of Class: The carnage of Kell Hall

    The campus is doomed, or at least it appears that way as of Aug. 26, the first day of the fall semester. Nothing like Kell Hall’s heaping mass of twisted rebar and concrete covering the Library Plaza to abate the overwhelming terror of starting week. We’ve lost the smoking circle, dear friends, and the incoming freshmen will never know the wonders of indie music and chain smoking angst once located where the wreckage now lay.  [...]
  • SGA 90th Admin Starts back

    All Student Government Association campus senates have begun the 90th administration with their own social and academic initiatives, but with the shared goal of a healthier student body. Despite the senators’ ambitions, the organization faced a rather disorganized start. The Atlanta Senate meeting was pushed back three hours. Although their hopes were to start at 2:30 p.m., the meeting did not start until 5:37 p.m. and was adjourned at 6:18 p.m. A few senators seemingly [...]
  • Meet the New Spotlight Executive Board

    The Spotlight Programs Board’s 2018-19 year has come to an end, and the torches have been passed on to new leadership following their elections.  William Holley, the former Spotlight executive director, was involved in Spotlight for two years before passing the torch to Joliyana Riddick as the new executive director. Holley has also transitioned over to a leadership position at The Signal as the digital editor. Cyndi Adams, the former associate director, was succeeded by [...]
  • The Legacy of Georgia State’s “Shady Shell”

    As the campus’ beloved “Shady Shell” met its demise during the 2017-18 school year, a successor as the only gas station on campus has risen above its grave: RaceTrac. At the corner of Piedmont Avenue and John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, the new gas station can be found attached to The Mix, the newest student apartments on campus.  The Mix purchased and demolished both properties — the gas station and a dialysis clinic. Construction began on [...]
  • A GILEE delegation is briefed at the Israeli Police Academy

    Inside Georgia State’s highly secretive law enforcement exchange program

    The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange program, or GILEE, was founded by Robert Friedmann and partners with police departments across the state and nation, including the Atlanta Police Department to help expand and improve safety in the Atlanta area. GILEE’s essential function is to facilitate training exchanges between Georgia police departments and international police forces. Since 1996, GILEE has continued to exchange safety tactics for gatherings of law enforcement officials with 25 different countries, one [...]
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    Counterterrorism and GILEE: The Atlanta ‘96 Olympics to today

    GILEE was established in 1992 to provide counterterrorism training for police officers in preparation for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. But students in the past have questioned GILEE’s effectiveness – since there was in fact a terrorist attack at the Atlanta games.  Since its inception, a focus on counterterrorism and preparedness has been emphasized for its American trainees. In an effort to improve homeland security, GILEE works with international partners, exchanging American expertise in areas [...]
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    What is the Georgia State University Foundation?

      Tuition, fees and state support fund Georgia State. But these only cover two-thirds of the school’s expenses. What fills that last one-third? The Georgia State University Foundation. The foundation is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization that helps fund Georgia State, taking in millions of dollars of revenue each year, primarily through tax-deductible donations. Charitable donations to the school are also given through the foundation, which it then distributes the funds to Georgia State’s needs. GILEE [...]
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    What is GILEE? Exploring recent student opposition

    The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange program, or GILEE, was founded by Robert Friedmann and partners with police departments across the state and nation, including the Atlanta Police Department to help expand and improve safety in the Atlanta area. GILEE’s essential function is to facilitate training exchanges between Georgia police departments and international police forces. Since 1996, GILEE has continued to exchange safety tactics for gatherings of law enforcement officials with 25 different countries, one [...]
  • Answering the unanswered: Why GILEE matters to you

    The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange, or GILEE, has seen the last decade of its history marked by student opposition culminating last semester with SGA pushback — the details of which are outlined in the introductory story below. If you continue into the next two pages, you’ll find the product of months of investigation, with both a corroboration of claims and evidence against the program and the widespread and far-reaching support and awards it has [...]
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    The Investigation

    INTRODUCTION A program designed to train American law enforcement alongside international partners across the globe sounds like something that would find a home within a government agency. Yet the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) finds its home within Georgia State. Since its establishment by founding director Robert Friedmann, it has received high praise and accolades from educational, political and law enforcement leaders. It also has seen protests, petitions and resolutions knocking at its door. [...]
  • Man shot on Peachtree Street, in stable condition

    A shooting occurred Friday at 111 Peachtree St. SW at 1:24 p.m., according to a university broadcast. The Atlanta Police Department said the victim was a 35 year old man who is in stable condition at Grady Hospital. APD said that it was a drug-related shooting. “The victim was engaged in an illegal drug transaction with another individual right before the shooting occurred and is not cooperating with investigators at this time,” an APD spokesperson [...]
  • Orientation leader says they were told to ‘stay away’ from The Signal, magazine controversy

    Following Georgia State’s decision to bar the distribution of The Signal’s summer magazine, The Urbanite, through New Student Orientation bags, some students working as Orientation leaders have spoken up – both in favor of and against their supervisors’ decisions. Three students, who all work as Orientation leaders, shared their views from the inside of the situation. The first leader requested their name be withheld for fear of retribution by administrators. This student said they were [...]

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