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Newly selected Mr. Virginia State University Christopher Lawrence stands next to Miss Virginia State University Aliyah Mayers. Photo by Malik Johnson.

Mister & Miss Virginia State selected for 2023-2024

Anjel-Ali Ormond, Executive Editor May 2, 2023

How did you prepare to run for Miss Virginia State University? Aliyah Mayers - I made sure to reach out to previous VSU and HBCU queens so they can guide me and give me advice. I made sure to really...

VCAN Scholarship Program provides financial aid, support for local eligible recipients

VCAN Scholarship Program provides financial aid, support for local eligible recipients

Terry Jackson, PhD, Features Editor April 20, 2023

The Virginia College Affordability Network (VCAN), provides access and opportunities to local students. Students must be Pell grant eligible and VCAN steps in to provide additional financial assistance....

Dr. Charlie Hill, Founder of the Charlie Hill Fellow Leadership Institute, stands with Anita Wynn, Director of Civic Leadership and Engagement and the Cohort 4 inductees of the Hill Leadership Institute. According to Wynn, this year’s cohort group had a record number of inductees, at 34 students.

Hill Institute inducts 34 students into leadership program

Anjel-Ali Ormond, Executive Editor April 19, 2023

On March 30, the Hill Leadership Institute held the Orange Coat Ceremony and inducted 34 Virginia State students into Cohort Four of the Hill Fellows class. The ceremony took place at the Petersburg Library....

Latoya Thomas is hard at work creating her schedule for the fall semester. Photo by Sheridan Phillips.

Students double back for degrees

Sheridan Phillips, Contributing Writer April 15, 2023

Readmits and grad students reflect on their experiences PETERSBURG, Va.— Everyone doesn’t have the picture-perfect college life. Suspensions, dropouts, finances and mental challenges are more common...

 To put on WAM each year, a committee is needed to plan, organize, and host events. This year’s WAM committee is made up of over 60 students, “all from different student organizations with women representation,” according to Braxton. Photo by Anjel-Ali Ormond.

Women’s Appreciation Month celebrates 8th year

Anjel-Ali Ormond, Executive Editor March 23, 2023

It is well known that Women’s History Month takes place annually in March, but on the Virginia State campus, it is known as Women’s Appreciation Month. The university’s women hold several events...

Virginia State University freshman John Poitier speaks at the HBCU National Speech & Debate Tournament in the semifinals. Poitier won fifth place in Impromptu Speaking and fourth in Informative Speaking.

Teams perform at HBCU National Speech, Debate Tournament

Helaina Ballou, Staff Writer March 6, 2023
“Many former debaters go into law, become professors, become consultants, and I will say the best engineers I know are debaters because they have the best ability to explain what their product is,” Demetriou said. “So debaters succeed at almost every field.”
Officer Dareick Barr (left) and Sgt. Tyrone Bond(right) of the United States Capitol Police stand in front of their booth at the “I Have A Dream” Career Expo. The career expo took place at the MPC on Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students had the chance to meet with over 90+ employers in one location. “We are looking for candidates, and we understand the talent here at Virginia State,” Officer Barr said. “We want to make sure that we have a presence at this career fair to try to offer the opportunities we have with our agency.”

Trade show provides campus introduction to 94 employers

Maliq Johnson-Williams, Staff Writer February 24, 2023

Last week’s career fair was by any normal count a success with a great turnout from students and a total of 94 employers. Participants came to the Multipurpose Center between 10 am and 3 pm to experience...

Junior Jade Chance sings ‘Lift Me Up’ by Rihanna during the Black 82 opening event. Photo by Anjel-Ali Ormond.

Black 82 kicks off with opening performance

Anjel-Ali Ormond & Terry Jackson, PhD, Executive Editor February 22, 2023

On Feb. 2, Black 82, a committee that organizes and annually holds events for Virginia State students throughout Feb. for Black History Month, kicked off the events with an opening show. The show consisted...

Black college students have plenty of opportunities to receive scholarships through different scholarship outlets like Thurgood Marshall College Fund,, and the United Negro College Fund.

Scholarship opportunities for Black students

Anjel-Ali Ormond, Executive Editor February 18, 2023

During Black History Month, we feel it is important to highlight scholarship opportunities exclusively available for black students and students attending HBCUs. The financial burden of college is hard...

Career fair to take place at Multi-Purpose Center

Career fair to take place at Multi-Purpose Center

Maliq Johnson-Williams, Staff Writer February 7, 2023

Are you searching for a future career or simply want a head start in the working world? The career fair will take place on Feb. 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Center on campus. Hosted...

Doctoral graduates from the Class of 2022 prepare for Commencement as they sit together. Staff photo.

Graduate Student Association seeks to increase enrollment in graduate school

Terry Jackson, PhD, Staff Writer November 17, 2022

The Virginia State University Graduate Student Association (GSA) intends to have a greater impact on the recruitment and retention of students into graduate school. GSA President Chiwale Farrow believes...

VSU receives Child Care Assistance Grant

VSU receives Child Care Assistance Grant

Kameko Coleman, Staff Writer November 16, 2022

Virginia State University is one of four schools that will receive funds from the Department of Education’s Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant. Over the next four years, VSU will...

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