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VSU’s Department of Art and Design presents Faculty Exhibition

VSU’s Department of Art and Design opened the Faculty Exhibition on Monday, Aug. 26. It was breathtaking. The gallery was filled with family members, faculty, students and professors who all came out to support and take in the artwork. Jazz melodies by the VSU Faculty Jazz Combo floated and intermixed with little comments on the pieces around the room. Two ...

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BREAKING: Armed robbery near VSU campus

On Jan. 12, students received a text message and phone call from VSU stating that there had been an armed robbery reported at Azalea Woods. At 8:38 PM, the text message read, “Armed robbery was reported at Azalea Woods (Mary St – Off Campus) Suspect was last seen heading south, away from campus. Avoid this area until further notice.” This ...

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Biology professor given ultimatum by her dean after controversial lecture

A VSU biology professor said she was told to change her course lectures after a complaint by a parent. Since 2004, Dr. Leslie S. Jones, an associate professor of the biology department, has been known for teaching about topics surrounding the biological aspects of religion, sex and gender and race in her introductory biology course, BIOL 1010 “Evolution and the ...

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VSU’s enrollment decrease could hurt programs in the music department

Christina Kato, a junior psychology major, walked into Whitehead Auditorium with a joyous feeling during her freshman year. This was her first concert with Concert Band. After finding her seat in a u-shaped pattern that was spaced out in perfect symmetry, Kato pulled out her instrument. Time crawled and crawled until it reached 6:30. Showtime! The conductor finally raised her ...

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VSU students are Running to the Polls for the 2022 Midterm Election

The polls are open for the 2022 Midterm Election, and many Georgians are running to vote for who will take control of congress for the last two years of President Joe Biden’s term and the next Georgia governor.  The candidates that are running for the U.S senate position during this midterm election are Republican Herschel Walker and Democrat Raphael Warnock.  ...

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VSU continues to see a decrease in enrollment this fall semester

Although the pandemic is starting to die out and the world is trying to pick back up, VSU is still struggling to increase enrollment numbers. With the exception of a spike in fall 2020, enrollment has been down since the start of the pandemic. The Budget Council discussed enrollment at the meeting that took place on Oct. 21. Rodney Carr, ...

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Latest Budget Council Meeting angers VSU biology professor

The Budget Council met in the Cypress Room at the University Center on Oct. 21. The meeting was led by Dr. Robert Smith, the provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, and Traycee Martin, vice president of Finance and Administration. They discussed the financial expectancies of the fall and spring semesters, leaving some professors and department heads with a limited ...

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Opinion: VSU’s revised policies grants a step in the right direction

On Feb. 23, the University Policy Administration sent an email with an updated version on new or revised policies.  The policies include a revised non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy that adds gender identity and expression being protected by the policy. It also replaces binary and non-inclusive language in the policy.  VSU’s non-discrimination policy protects students and faculty of differing disabilities, race, ...

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Demolition of Converse Begins after Five-Year Vacancy

The demolition of Converse Hall Annex has begun after a five-year vacancy. It was rumored that there was asbestos founded in the building; however, this is untrue. In the pre-demolition asbestos inspection in Sept. 2018, Regulatory Compliance Services reported no discoveries of asbestos containing materials in Converse Hall Annex. Alan Sanderson, associate director for facilities planning, said this space was ...

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Truman Scholarship program opens for VSU graduates

VSU has opened their application period for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship program for students who want to pursue in graduate school or professional education. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program is a federally funded scholarship granted to U.S. undergraduate students for demonstrated leadership potential, academic excellence and a commitment to public service. The program selects 55-65 Truman Scholars each ...

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VSU COVID response still evolving

VSU has been offering incentives for students and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccines, but not everyone is on board with being “bribed” to get the vaccine. The fall semester has started to return to “normal” because masks are strongly encouraged inside campus building but are not required. Those who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks. ...

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