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College students will decide this election, vote! (sponsored)

This is a sponsored letter from VoteAmerica – a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to increasing student voter turnout. Dear Students, Let’s cut to the chase –  a lot of people have probably told you that you’re the future of our country. I’m here to tell you: they’re right. Young voters between the ages of 18-29 changed the outcome of the 2018 ...

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How has COVID-19 impacted the film and theater industry?

Known as the “Hollywood of the South,” Georgia’s film and performance industries added a whopping $9.5 billion to the state’s revenue in 2019. However, after the country was overrun with the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia’s film industry took a major hit. After big productions such as Lionsgate’s adaptations of The Hunger Games and AMC’s The Walking Dead showcased many of Georgia’s ...

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May the Virus End This Month: Celebrations of May

Remember when I said social distancing would end in my last column? Yeah, about that… May is upon us, and either through sheer optimism or bitter denial, I was hoping COVID-19’s curve would be flattened by now. Georgia’s shelter-in-place will be officially over at midnight, but with the number of cases still rising, it’s not looking too good. Even though ...

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Editorial: We need to take personal responsibility now; The government won’t save us

Gov. Brian Kemp officially announced that “due to favorable data and more testing,” fitness, beauty and some entertainment centers have the option of reopening on April 24 with “basic operations.” This pretty much shortens his original shelter-in-place-order by 6 days, since going bowling and getting your nails filled in isn’t exactly “essential.” According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, ...

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Covid comedy: Miss Rona ain’t here to play, but the internet is

It is understood that we are all under some sort of stress due to the coronavirus aka Miss Rona. Due to this pandemic, almost everyone is homebound with nothing to do: no dates, no hand sanitizer, no sports to air, no toilet paper and no going to Olive Garden for the salads and breadsticks. It never seems as though memes ...

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NCAA grants additional year of eligibility for spring student-athletes

Some senior athletes have been given one more change to make their mark. The NCAA has given all spring sports student-athletes an extra year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the nation. The previous rule stated that all student-athletes have a five-year period of eligibility. The change applies to those athletes whose eligibility would be exhausted after this ...

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Google is publicizing your location data due to coronavirus; how Georgia can be affected

Taking a page out of George Orwell’s “1984”, Google has officially launched a tool that publicizes users’ location and movements in order to help health officials develop a plan of attack for COVID-19, according to the company’s blog post. The first data report was published on April 3. These findings are “Community Mobility Reports”: They detail the places people have ...

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Editorial: Concern for our nation in coronavirus pandemic

As we’ve observed the response of the U.S. government to the coronavirus pandemic, our level of concern has been on the same trajectory as the number of reported cases in our country. Our two primary areas of concern are combatting the pandemic efficiently and simultaneously dealing with the economic implications that come with it. As of now, the U.S. has ...

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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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Current COVID-19 Stats for Valdosta State University

Check the current number of cases on the VSU campus here!