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Gov. Kemp orders statewide shelter-in-place to curve coronavirus spread

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp held a televised news conference Wednesday afternoon to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order to curve the new coronavirus. The governor said he would sign the order on Thursday, and it will go into effect on Friday. Also, Kemp ordered that all public schools remain closed for the rest of the academic school year. Georgia has a ...

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Editorial: Concern for our nation in coronavirus pandemic

As I’ve observed the response of the U.S. government to the coronavirus pandemic, my level of concern has been on the same trajectory as the number of reported cases in our country. My 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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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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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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VSU Spring Commencement cancelled amid coronavirus outbreak

College students for generations have yearned for the opportunity to walk across the stage for graduation. VSU’s upcoming spring 2020 class will not know what that feels like. University System of Georgia has announced Spring Commencement ceremonies have been cancelled for all 26 USG institutions, including VSU. The decision was made Wednesday, March 18, by USG as part of massive ...

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