Past Issues

Winter 2013

From the President


We’ve broken a lot of university records in our Centennial year, records in freshman applications and enrollment, number of graduates and graduation rates, fund-raising and more. Another important record we set was in research as we pursued our goal of becoming one of the nation’s premier urban research institutions. Georgia State University researchers received $71.2…

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Campus Evolution Enters a New Phase

Cracking the Concrete


Like most Georgia State alums, Jerry Rackliffe considers Kell Hall with a mix of affection and consternation. “It’s the only place where you’d find a room numbered in the 100s next to one in the 300s,” he says of the parking garage-turned-classroom building. “You’d walk up and down the ramps trying to figure it out; that building made no sense.”

When the Smoke Clears

When the Smoke Clears


On a Saturday afternoon in September, dozens of ex-smokers fill a shop tucked into an office park off Highway 316 in Lawrenceville, Ga. From the parking lot, a haze is visible inside the shop. On the door, a handwritten sign reads, “We ID! Must be 18+ to try or purchase any e-cig products.” The haze…

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The Sporting Scientist


Chris Locandro figures he’s spent the lion’s share of his time at Georgia State behind a microscope. Last fall, the senior neuroscience major in the Honors College, who has a grade-point average over 4.0 and has earned President’s List honors twice, put what he learned over those long hours to work on a study that…

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By Blood and Basketball

By Blood and Basketball


You keep Ron Hunter quiet by either stripping tape across his mouth, or scaring the heck out of him. Hunter can chat up a mime, but on a car ride back to Atlanta with top assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie in summer 2011, the Georgia State basketball coach didn’t make a peep. They had just watched…

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Emmy Sesame!


Ask Todd James to name his favorite “Sesame Street” character and he’s quick to respond. “Grover. He’s very funny, and when I watch him, I know it is going to be something zany.” James, post-production supervisor for the children’s show, has, alongside Grover, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and the rest of the “Sesame Street” cast,…

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Freedom Defined


As Alex Robson sees it, freedom is one of the most important and open-ended ideas in the world. As a sophomore in high school, he began to explore the philosophy of freedom and what it means to others. Since 2005, through his Freedom Card project, he has mailed out and collected hundreds of three-by-five index…

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Secrets of the Sphinx


Georgia State’s Resident Egyptologist Melinda Hartwig goes on the Discovery Channel’s ‘Treasures Decoded’ to demystify The Great Sphinx.