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How COVID has affected the Deaf community on campus

VSU is one of the only colleges in Georgia that provides a community for Deaf students and provides majors like Deaf Education and American Sign Language interpreting. Since school started on Aug. 17, students have been required to wear masks on campus. However, it’s harder for people of the deaf community to communicate with others with a mask covering their ...

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Big changes expected to happen at The Happening this semester

Everyone is asking the question – What’s Happening with the Happening? – and it’s no surprise to hear that this year The Happening will look different than previous years at VSU due to COVID-19. The Happening is an event for VSU clubs and organizations to showcase their special qualities to attract incoming freshmen. This event typically takes place on the ...

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Photos: Over 2,700 students move on campus for fall semester

Despite the growing COVID-19 cases in Valdosta and the city being reported as a ‘red zone’ in leaked white house documents, according to the Valdosta Daily Times, VSU still opened their housing to over 2,700 new and returning students.   This year move-in day was organized differently in order to keep students, their guests and move-in day volunteers safe. It ...

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VSU announces new contingency plan for fall semester

The Fall semester is still scheduled to begin face-to-face instruction on August 17 but VSU finally released a new contingency plan that will alter the fall semester due to COVID-19. The 80-page contingency plan that was released on July 2 lays out the university’s entire, detailed plan for how it hopes to operate, and control virus spread in the upcoming ...

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VSU students, faculty still digesting the switch to on-line learning

When 2020 started, students and faculty at VSU weren’t worried about the rise of a pandemic. They were focusing on starting a new school year, planning out their courses, and getting prepared for the classes they were signed up to take. No one expected to suddenly be switched to all online classes, However, this was the reality that the students ...

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VSU needs to rethink reopening the campus

While VSU has brought relief to many students with the announcement of reopening campus for Fall 2020, that doesn’t change the fact that COVID-19 will still be active. On June 8, VSU updated their website under “Coronavirus Overview” informing students, faculty, and staff of the new guidelines following the reopening. The campus operations guide includes a “three-phase plan” to help ...

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Coronavirus and the impact on South Georgia

A VSU professor and one of her students are gathering data for a study they hope with eventually provide important information about how the current coronavirus pandemic is affecting South Georgia. Wesley McCauley, a senior, physics and astronomy major isconducting a study about the impact COVID-19 and how it’s affected South Georgia, according to an email sent out about the project. ...

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VSU community angry about student’s post

The VSU Community is upset about an offensive post made by a VSU student recently and are fighting for the student to be expelled. Christian Stephens, a sophomore nursing major, posted a Snapchat showing him covered in blackface with the caption “Am I black now?” Stephens has since deleted all of his social media platforms and has not responded to ...

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Face to Face Instruction to Resume in the Fall Semester

On an online orientation held on May 28, Dr. Rodney Carr, vice president of Student Success and Dr. Vince Miller, vice president of Student Affairs, announced that VSU will be returning to face-to-face instruction in the fall semester. According to Dr. Carr, The University System of Georgia informed him on May 27 that VSU will be going back to face-to-face ...

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Drop-N-Shop continues to give back to community despite COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, one VSU organization has stepped up to the plate to aid students and the community of Valdosta. Operating as a student-run free store, the Drop-N-Shop supplies non-perishable foods and even donates clothes to those in need. Thermometers that were provided by the Health Center were also being handed out. Normally, the shop is located ...

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