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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...

This year Ramadan came in on the 22nd of March. Due to the way days are observed, fasting began after the pre-dawn prayer on the 23rd. Photo by Maliq Johnson-Williams.

Muslim students observe Ramadan

Maliq Johnson-Williams, Staff Writer April 22, 2023

One of the five obligations of a  Muslim, is to fast during the month of Ramadan. Muslims use the lunar calendar to determine the start of each month. However, each new day starts at sunset. This year...

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...

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...

Pitcher Christian Henderson obtained the win on Sunday in the second game of the double-header against Bluefield State 2-1. Photo by Statesman staff.

Baseball takes three wins from weekend series

Ashlee Porter, Staff Writer April 6, 2023

This past Sunday the baseball team took home a close 2-1 win, beating Bluefield State at home. The Trojans scored in each the 2nd and 4th innings, with Bluefield scoring in the 6th. Ricky Jones (#23) scored...

Photo Gallery: Honors College Week: Fashion Show

Photo Gallery: Honors College Week: Fashion Show

Anjel-Ali Ormond, Executive Editor April 5, 2023

On April 5, the Honors College held a fashion show. The fashion show is a part of Honors Week, a week where the Honors College has activities and events for students on campus. Urban Couture and students...

 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...

Trojans baseball player Alex Dayle has overcome a traumatic brain injury to return to play the sport he loves.
Photo by Virginia Statesman staff.

Trojan overcomes traumatic injury

Terry Jackson, PhD, Features Editor March 23, 2023

Freshman Alex Dayle continues to play sport he loves despite emergency brain surgery Imagine you are 16 and you are in the height of the pandemic. You live in the Big Apple, Harlem, Manhattan, New York...

Photo Gallery: International Womens Day celebration

Photo Gallery: International Women’s Day celebration

Anjel-Ali Ormond March 9, 2023

If you walked into Foster Hall any time around 12 p.m. on March 8, you were immediately greeted by students, faculty, and Virginia State community members celebrating —  all while wearing different...

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...

Opinion: Students find communication to be key to survival

Opinion: Students find communication to be key to survival

Devan Dion Hawes & Taylor McCoy, Staff Writer February 23, 2023

We spoke to five students about a subject that has been on the minds of many this school year: electronic communication or more precisely email correspondence. Ever since students have been given an...

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