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Senior Animation Major Melanna Jacks takes a seat at the board as she learns about the Atmos studio. She is currently taking Sound In Animation.

Music Department gets new mixing room for state of the art sound

Helaina Ballou, News Editor November 13, 2023

The Virginia State University music department has made space for a new Atmos mixing room. Atmos is a very advanced technology for audio mixing. Music department professor Wellington Gordon explains how...

River Street Market brings fresh produce, meat and vendors to Petersburg community

River Street Market brings fresh produce, meat and vendors to Petersburg community

Sheridan Phillips, Features Editor November 13, 2023

Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, River Street Market brings local farmers and businesses together for the community to enjoy.  Crista Manieri, market manager, gives insight on why River Street...

Farmer’s Market Brings Local Growers to Campus

Farmer’s Market Brings Local Growers to Campus

Anjel-Ali Ormond, Executive Editor September 14, 2023

On Thursday, Aug. 24, the first of three farmer’s markets took place on campus. A national grant with the Farmer’s Market Coalition and USDA allowed for Virginia State University to be one of three...

Trojan Explosion Performs At First Battle Of The Bands Competition

Trojan Explosion Performs At First Battle Of The Bands Competition

Helaina Ballou September 14, 2023

The Virginia State Trojan Explosion Marching Band recently traveled to compete in the 2023 Pepsi National Battle of the Bands competition in Houston, Texas. This was the band’s first out-of-state Battle...

Junior music major Yani McNeil has gotten her professional music career started by releasing a handful of songs through a platform by Off Campus Music. 
Contributed photo.

Getting to know local singer-songwriter, Yani McNeil

Devan Dion Hawes, Staff Writer April 15, 2023

Music can be sexy. Music can be painful. Music can be cathartic and freeing. Not many artists can have their works characterized as such while also having you move about on a dance floor, face damped with...

Photo by Ashlee Porter.

Review: SZA concert in DC thrills fans with sold out show

Ashlee Porter, Staff Writer March 18, 2023

On Feb. 28 I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see my favorite female R&B artist, SZA, in concert during her North American tour. After scoring some close tickets for cheap, and driving with...

Tyler Chronicles performs his part of the show. Photo by Ashlee Porter.

Comedy show shines in Anderson

Issamar Kirby, Staff Writer February 22, 2023

On Thursday, Feb. 9, the “What in the Hail State” Comedy Show was held in Anderson Auditorium. The host, Zoie Fenty, known professionally as IamZoie, and his Wild N’ Out colleagues: Darren Brand...

‘Wakanda Forever’ is cultural must-see

‘Wakanda Forever’ is cultural must-see

Anjel-Ali Ormond, Executive Editor November 17, 2022

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is a movie that every person should go watch, especially if you are a young black student. While the movie has all the appeal of a classic Marvel action film, it is unique...

(From left to right) Davin Jackson, Cameron Davis, James Barbour & Jordan Kelly. Contributed photo.

Upcoming artists on The Hill

Alika Benjamin-Elliott, Staff Writer November 17, 2022

Virginia State is no stranger to talent. From talent shows, karaoke, freestyle battles, and the P.R.E.P Apollo, the student body is always amazed and entertained by their classmates and friends. Many...

Trumpet player Alex Mackey marches in the Homecoming 2022 Parade in Old Towne Petersburg. Staff photo.

Explosion focused on Honda Battle of the Bands

Myiles Spann, Staff Writer October 24, 2022

The Virginia State University Marching Trojan Explosion has been to the Honda Battle of the Bands nine consecutive times, will they return for the tenth? The Trojan Explosion Marching Band, under the...

The Department of Music welcomes new chairman Dr. Samuel Rowley. Dr. Rowley serves as the primary conductor of the wind ensemble and also oversees the instrumental area. Photo by Anjel-Ali Ormond.

Department of Music welcomes new chair

Anjel-Ali Ormond, Executive Editor September 22, 2022

Director Dr. Samuel L. Rowley brings experience to VSU This August, the Virginia State Music Department welcomed Dr. Samuel L. Rowley to the faculty. Dr. Samuel L. Rowley currently serves as the Chairman...

Ettrick Deli is directly across the street from the Multipurpose Center.

Top food choices around the Hill

Charnese Small, Art Editor September 6, 2022

There are numerous, convenient places for food around Petersburg if eating at the cafe is not the top choice for a bite to eat. Nearby in Foster Hall students have Chick-fil-A and Subway. A top suggestion...

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