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How Effective are Plexiglass Shields on Campus?

The table tops around campus have recently received an addition. Dining tables now have plexiglass dividers to act as a barrier between students eating together.  These dividers first appeared in Palms Dining Hall and now are in eating areas across campus.  But how effective are these dividers when it comes to stopping the spread of COVID-19? According to WebMD, these ...

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New parking meters create closer parking spots on campus

Parking at VSU has transformed in the fall semester with the addition of four new parking meters available for students. The new parking meters are bright green signs with location numbers listed on them and are located in the Langdale lot, Baytree lot, Café lot and the Student Union lot. Melissa Wolfe, SGA president, said that the parking meters were ...

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Homecoming moved

Annual traditions are being postponed due to COVID-19 and VSU homecoming is no exception. It will now be replaced with Blazer Week. Homecoming is an annual tradition which showcases the best of Blazer Nation for new and returning students, alumni and countless other traditions. However, this year is different because of COVID-19, which caused the postponement of homecoming to a ...

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Photos: COVID-19’s affect on campus environment

When walking through campus there is a huge and frankly disappointing amount of litter. The cups, bottles, wrappers, and trash in general is piling up outside garbage bins. However, now we have the added trash from disposable masks, disinfectant wipes, and gloves.  According to the Environmental protection agency in 2013, the average American created 4.40 pounds of trash per person ...

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COVID-19 and its effect on mental health

The mental health of college students has been considered an epidemic by the American College Health Association since the early 2000s. Recent studies have found that COVID-19 has had a serious effect on the overall mental health of University students. The Census Bureau holds a yearly Household Pulse Survey where questions about mental health are used to identify what percentage ...

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Free COVID-19 testing Locations Around Valdosta You Should Know About

As college students, we are always worried about money, and now with the pandemic, we are worried about contracting a life-threatening disease. However, to ease that worry, there are free testing locations in Valdosta that students can get tested at for free. According to Georgia’s Health Department, Lowndes County currently has 3,848 positive COVID-19 cases and some VSU students are ...

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Photos: VSU’s campus transforms during COVID-19

It’s been five weeks of classes for students at VSU during the coronavirus pandemic. To make sure students, faculty, and staff stay as safe as possible, a multitude of precautions have been put in place. Possibly the biggest everyday change on campus is our role as a community to wear a mask to stop the spread of the virus. When ...

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People Poll: Are you registered to vote?

The 2020 presidential election is quickly approaching. In November many students will vote for the first time. Kayla Ellis, sophomore biology major “Yes! I voted in this past election. I’m eighteen. Obviously not the presidential election, but the election for the nominees. I voted because I want to have a voice and I want to participate in voting for people ...

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People Poll: Do you think VSU should have started the semester face-to-face?

Ian Penix, junior biology major “No, because of the way that the U.S.A. is handling the pandemic and the spike in coronavirus cases, it seems like a bad idea for college students, of all people, to come back to campus where social activities are still going to occur.”   Carter Gilbert, senior environmental geosciences major “No, they also should’ve given ...

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Top 5 mobile apps VSU students need downloaded on their phones

Technology has evolved into an important aspect of everyday life especially during the age of COVID-19. College students in particular have had to rely on video platforms and online resources to quickly adapt to a virtual learning experience. There are so many new reliable resources that students can easily access through their mobile phones. Here are the top five mobile ...

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