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VSU COVID response still evolving

VSU has been offering incentives for students and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccines, but not everyone is on board with being “bribed” to get the vaccine. The fall semester has started to return to “normal” because masks are strongly encouraged inside campus building but are not required. Those who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks. ...

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Celebrities endorsing vaccines. But does it help?

Ariana Grande is the latest celebrity to endorse her fans to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Many celebrities are endorsing the vaccine every day on social media. Besides Grande, there are many celebrities speaking out with their personal opinion on why fans should or shouldn’t take the vaccine. Dwayne Johnson also known as “The Rock” took pictures the moment he took ...

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VSU Campus after COVID-19

A new school year brings new classes, friends, events and a new campus life. COVID-19 changed the way campus looked and felt last year but those restrictions have come and gone. Masks, social distancing and smaller class sizes became the new norm at VSU but that has slowly faded away. Class sizes have returned to full capacity, social distancing stickers ...

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Here’s to the return of football and a bit of normalcy this fall

Last fall was a dark one in the halls of VSU. The thrills and excitement of a Saturday down south, or rather a Saturday down in Valdosta, were nowhere to be found as the football team was forced to forgo their 2020 season. We all know how pervasive COVID-19 has been throughout the world, and we have all felt its ...

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Masks and COVID vaccine completely optional for students this fall

On May 18, VSU announced that face masks and social distancing would no longer be required on campus during the summer 2021 and fall 2021 semesters. Robbyn DeSpain, director of strategic communications at VSU, disclosed this development in COVID-19 policy in an email to VSU students and faculty. According to the email, fully vaccinated people and unvaccinated people can return ...

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Profile: Williamson continues her life through COVID

The ticking of the clock helps the hour along as Mekala Williamson rests, her eyes and ears focused on Janice Lowe, her psychology teacher. Williamson’s mind, however, is elsewhere. She is so far removed from the other classmates. Their desks were pushed apart, putting distance between them for their own good. She has her own little island to herself, almost ...

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VSU announces COVID-19 guideline updates for Fall 2021

Robbyn DeSpain, director of strategic communications, sent out an email concerning updates about COVID-19 operating guidelines. Since March 2020, students across the globe have had to handle the stress of college through online classes, mask wearing and social distancing in order to keep themselves and others safe. Since then, three vaccines have been developed, and the world is slowly opening ...

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Relief Grant Funds distributed to students

A second round of the CARES Act, now known as the Higher Education Relief Fund, was distributed to eligible students’ accounts on April 1. The HERF grant is $4.6 million and is meant to help students who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Each eligible student received $100 in their student banner account automatically but can choose to apply for ...

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Editorial: There is no room for back tracking in self-improvement

When COVID-19 sparked the nation to shut down in March 2020, students were forced home to sit around and be with themselves. To many, this may have been nothing new, but others felt like it was the end of the world. No parties, hang out sessions or quick mall runs left people alone to face themselves for once. Quarantine became ...

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People Poll: Will you be getting the vaccine?

Isaiah Wallace, junior communications major “The right to say yes or no to being vaccinated is an individual choice. With that being said, my choice is to participate in the country’s vaccination effort not only for my health but to also put in consideration of the people’s health around me including my loved ones who are already ill.” Jameion Capps, ...

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