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Florida orders people to stay home, Georgia could be next

While Florida makes a move, Georgia waits. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Wednesday asking people to stay at home across the state due to the overwhelming spread of the coronavirus. DeSantis said people are only permitted to leave their homes for essential services or activities. The order lists the following as essential activities: Attending religious services Participating in ...

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Students express anger towards new refund plan

Dr. Vincent Miller, vice president of student affairs released an updated statement regarding student refunds for the spring 2020 term. According to the email, service fee refunds will be issued by April 10. The refund plan that was developed by the University System of Georgia will include $26 worth of student fees as well as 44% of housing fees, 100% ...

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First cases of coronavirus at Valdosta State confirmed

The VSU’s President’s Office confirmed that a staff member and a faculty member have tested positive for COVID-19 in a statement released today. The staff member was last reported on campus on March 18. The faculty member was last seen on campus on March 11. Despite the incubation period for coronavirus lasting two weeks, the President’s Office assures students, faculty ...

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Photos: A campus abandoned: Valdosta State left bare in light of coronavirus pandemic

Normally, VSU’s campus is bright and bustling the week after spring break. Most students are refreshed and ready to finish out the semester. Several students either look forward to the end-of-the-year events, finish up their registration or prepare for the spring commencement. With the front lawn sprawling with activity, most students are either enjoying the warmer weather or catching up with ...

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Petition and student concerns discussed at on-line press conference

VSU’s spring semester will continue as originally planned, despite the transition to on-line classes caused by the coronavirus, according to Dr. Rodney Carr, vice president for student success. Dr. Carr made the announcement and discussed related issues at an on-line press conference Monday afternoon. “We have not made any plans to extend the semester at all,” he said. “It looks ...

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Students rely on petition in hopes to avoid online classes

It’s no secret that all VSU classes have recently been converted to an online format due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, professors have had to tailor their syllabus to fit the online format so students can engage successfully in the classes as if they were still in face-to-face classes. But some VSU students are not okay with the ...

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South Health District asks people to take ‘social distancing recommendations seriously’

It might be the time to start that new Netflix series you’ve been procrastinating over. You have the time now. The South Health District has urged residents of Lowndes County and nine other counties to take social distancing recommendations seriously. Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding local public transportation (e.g., bus, trains, ride share), and maintaining distance ...

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VSU faculty adjusting amidst COVID-19 outbreak

A little over a week ago, an email from VSU was sent out stating that the university would remain open and classes would continue to meet as scheduled. Additionally, wishes of safe travels over spring break and sentiments of finishing the semester strong were conveyed.  Fast forward to now, the remainder of the semester is to be finished online, as ...

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Column: VSU graduation should be postponed, health should be priority

Each day the number grows. And, with each day, so does the pain. The coronavirus pandemic has infected around 220,000 people worldwide and has killed over 9,000. The confirmed death toll sits at 160 people in the U.S, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only France, Spain, Iran, Italy and China have higher totals. For the billions of ...

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