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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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VSU varsity sports scheduled to resume in fall semester

VSU’s Athletic Department is planning on having all varsity sports active during the fall semester, with new regulations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Herb Reinhard, director of athletics for VSU, said that he wants all students to understand upon return to make sure to do everything they can to prevent the spread of the virus. “It will be extremely important ...

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USG mandates wearing face masks on college campuses

The University System of Georgia announced Monday that starting on July 15 it will be required for faculty, staff and students to wear face masks on college campuses. The only places face masks will not be required are in dorm rooms, or outside where social distancing can be maintained. As of July 7, there are a total of 100,470 confirmed ...

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VSU classroom instruction will be adjusted

In-class functions will be adapting to Center of Disease Control guidelines as VSU returns to face-to-face classes this fall. According to a recent summer orientation discussion answering parents’ questions about the changes VSU will be making during the pandemic, Dr. Rodney Carr, vice president of Student Success, discussed how classroom instruction will operate. “Instead of putting 35 students in one ...

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Valdosta State is one of many schools planning for face-to-face instruction

On June 8, VSU officially announced plans to return to face-to-face classes this fall, aligning with the majority of universities across the nation. Some other universities that also plan to go face-to-face next semester include Florida State University, University of North Carolina in Charlotte and Georgia Southern University. The Chronicle of Higher Education, a news organization which covers colleges in ...

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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 professor and students develop possible COVID-19 treatment

Dr. Thomas Manning, VSU chemistry professor, has spent the last two months developing an antiviral application with some of his students that can potentially treat COVID-19. Before COVID-19 struck the U.S., Dr. Manning and his students focused on developing a patent application for cancer and tuberculosis. “We’ve been doing drug development for about 20 years. The number one focus has ...

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Saying Goodbye: Malia Thomas

It is about time! My time at VSU has finally come to an end, and in some weird way, the last four years have flown by and not came fast enough at the same time. When I think about my growth, I simply look back at my college journey in sheer amazement. The difference between Malia in May 2016 and ...

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VSU IT eases process of Online Student Account Center

Checking balances have now become easier for students. The VSU Information Technology Department has now granted direct access to the Online Student Account Center. The OSAC is where students and any persons they authorize to log in can check balances created by tuition, fees and other financial payments between student and university. Before the change, students had to put in ...

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The COVID-19 mental crisis: How students are coping

With all that has been going on in the last two months, it is hard to not be concerned. It is especially challenging when this virus seems to be the only thing that people talk about and you can’t blame them. The coronavirus pandemic has taken away our sense of freedom and safety. Although the goal of stay-at-home orders are ...

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College graduates may struggle to find jobs during this time

It’s been over a month since the University System of Georgia declared that Spring Commencement will be canceled for all 26 USG institutions. Since then, VSU has decided to host a virtual Spring Commencement on May 9 and a special spring graduate recognition event during Homecoming week in the fall semester. But the soon to be VSU alumnae may have ...

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