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The University of Georgia arch in Athens, Georgia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech)
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The University of Georgia will soon receive $30 million from the Woodruff Foundation. The school says some of that money will go toward scholarships for students who are struggling to cover the full cost of attendance. 95 percent of UGA students receive some form of financial aid, but it’s not always enough to cover the total cost.

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Two Georgia public universities that had barred students without legal status will now admit them if they’re qualified, according to a spokesperson with the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

A rendering of the new Georgia State Panthers football stadium. The team plans to play its 2017 season here after it renovates the former Atlanta Braves baseball stadium. The Board of Regents approved the $22.8 million purchase of Turner Field Wednesday.
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The University System Board of Regents approved the purchase of Turner Field by Georgia State University on Wednesday for $22.8 million.

Downtown Campus

Georgia State President Mark Becker said the 38-acre former Atlanta Braves stadium site gives the University, “a complete downtown presence.”

“From housing, student facilities, recreation, athletics and academics, it puts all the pieces together finally,” Becker said.

Kahlil Joseph

Music videos are now an art of their own. They could even be called music films. One of the major innovators in the field is filmmaker Kahlil Joseph. He created beautiful and rather surreal music videos for musicians like Flying Lotus, FKA Twigs and Kendrick Lamar. Most recently, he was part of the filmmaking vision for Beyoncé’s “Lemonade.”

Joseph is being featured in Atlanta next week as part of liquid blackness, a public film series and research project on blackness and aesthetics at Georgia State University. liquid blackness also hosts a public film series.

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What can we learn about discrimination from Dr. Seuss? Or standards of living from the "Three Little Pigs?"

Plenty of children’s books teach morals and lessons, but those morals and lessons can teach children about something more: their human rights.

That’s the argument from Georgia State law professor Jonathan Todres, who co-authored the book “Human Rights in Children’s Literature: Imagination and the Narrative of Law” with Sarah Higinbotham, who teaches law and literature at Georgia Tech.

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Metro Atlanta is emerging as a leader in intellectual property according to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Intellectual property, also known as “IP,” includes technology but is more than just technology. It includes a series of four protections for any new idea, innovation or knowledge. There are patents, trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks.

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Professor Michael Beran puts on a lab coat to work with Sherman, one of Georgia State University’s three chimpanzees. The primates live in a jungle gym-like enclosure, which includes indoor and outdoor areas, at the university’s Language Research Center in south DeKalb County.

In the indoor section, Beran invites Sherman over and sets up a test using carrots and bananas; the sight of the latter makes the chimp grunt loudly. Beran covers up each food with a differently colored container and has Sherman pick which one he wants.

 The Georgia mascot Uga takes the field before an NCAA football game against the LSU, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Athens, Ga.
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College football season is now underway, and Georgia's teams are getting ready to take the field.

Georgia State University will host the Ball State Cardinals on Friday, Sept. 2, at the Georgia Dome. GSU continues to build its program as it kicks off its seventh season.

The next day at the Georgia Dome, the University of Georgia will play North Carolina at 5:30 p.m. In preseason rankings, the Bulldogs are 18th and the Tar Heels are 22nd.

GSU Winter 2015
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Monday is the first day of class at Atlanta's largest universities and Georgia State University and Georgia Tech both report a record number of applications this year.

GSU says they're up 29 percent from last year. That's produced the school's largest freshman class ever with more than 3,500 new Panthers.  They also have the best average high school GPA in the school's history.

The 9-foot statue of Warren Spahn, designed by sculptor Shan Gray, was unveiled at Monument Grove, adjacent to the Grand Entry Plaza on the north side of Turner Field in 2003.
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Some of those who live around Turner Field say they're feeling hopeful following the sale of the stadium to Georgia State University.

The $30 million deal between GSU and the Atlanta Fulton Recreation Authority became official yesterday.

Suzanne Mitchell, president of the Organized Neighbors of Summerhill, said she and her neighbors are pushing for an agreement between the community, Georgia State and the university’s partnering developers, Carter and Oakwood.

"I'm optimistic,” said Mitchell. “We're in conversation. We're going to get a strong agreement."

Residents near Turner Field say they would like to see the stadium and parking lots redeveloped into a mixed-use community, affordable housing or a major retail shopping area.
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Updated at 1 p.m. Thursday

Turner Field, the home of the Atlanta Braves and the 1996 Olympics, will get its "third life" when Georgia State University converts it to a college football stadium, Atlanta city leaders said Thursday.

The deal involves new commercial development and improvements to streets and neighborhoods on the city's south side, an area that has struggled as other parts of the city blossomed.

Speaking outside Turner Field, near a bronze statue of Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the monument's presence was fitting.

 A private developer Corvias Campus Living built Georgia State University's newest dorm, Piedmont Central on Piedmont and John Wesley Dobbs Avenue. The developer will not have to pay local property taxes and can collect rent from students.
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Georgia State University's newest dormitory on Piedmont and John Wesley Dobbs Avenue is called Piedmont Central. 

It's the first dorm at Georgia State University to be built under a new public-private partnership.

The University System of Georgia has accumulated billions of dollars in debt trying to keep up with student housing demand.


As Atlanta and Fulton County prepare to sell Turner Field to Georgia State University, big changes could be in store for the surrounding neighborhoods.

A new plan from the Turner Field Neighborhoods Livable Centers Initiative, led by the city of Atlanta, provides a guide for what those changes could look like. It promotes things like denser developments and walkable streets.

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Milestone birthdays, summer entertainment and great movies are intersecting at the corner of Forsyth and Luckie streets in Atlanta. The Rialto Center for the Arts is presenting the Be Downtown Film Festival to celebrate their centenary, their 20 years with Georgia State University and the Atlanta Film Festival's 40th anniversary. 

The festival, which includes screenings of Shaft, Space Jam and Enter The Dragon, has been curated by Rialto Executive Director Leslie Gordon and the Atlanta Film Festival's Executive Director Chris Escobar. 

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This story is part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here.    

On a sunny summer day in downtown Atlanta, students dart across the main plaza of Georgia State University, with very few students lingering in the stagnant, 90-degree heat.  

Residents near Turner Field say they would like to see the stadium and parking lots redeveloped into a mixed-use community, affordable housing or a major retail shopping area.
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Last week, the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority board agreed to the terms of the sale of Turner Field to a development team that includes Georgia State University, Carter and Oakwood.

But residents near Turner Field said they are still pushing for a binding "community benefits agreement" with the developers.

This would require the developer to provide specific amenities the community wants on the 67-acre parcel.

Jason Dozier of Mechanicsville said there's no guarantee the developers will build what they've proposed.

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Georgia's hibernating bat population appears headed for the same decimation of the animals experienced by eastern states. Georgia researchers, though, could produce a treatment that helps other states avoid the same result.

The bat die-offs have been blamed on a deadly fungal disease spreading across the country, known as white-nose syndrome. Survey totals released last month in Georgia found the number of bats hibernating in caves and other sites dropped 92 percent during the last six years.

GSU Winter 2015
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In early May, Georgia State University announced its plans to form a College of the Arts separate from the current College of Arts and Sciences. The new college's founding dean, Dr. Wade Weast, is a musician by training who has earned three degrees in trumpet performance and who spent the first years of his career gigging and teaching.

Though the decision to form an independent arts college was made before his arrival at GSU, Weast discussed the reasoning behind the move with Lois Reitzes on "City Lights." 

GSU Winter 2015
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Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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Georgia State University is moving some of its more creative departments out of the College of Arts and Sciences into a brand new College of the Arts next summer.

The founding dean, Wade Weast, was hired last year to bring more attention to the arts and create a dedicated college, separate from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Debra Ngcobo and Bongeka Zuma attended Spelman College as part of a program by Oprah Winfrey for young women from South Africa.
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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Sue Desmond-Hellmann, Chief Executive Officer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation speaks at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington Oct. 14, 2015.
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It is graduation season, and undergraduates at Georgia State University received their diplomas Saturday. The commencement speaker was Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The organization focuses on global health and development and equity in education in the U.S.

Desmond-Hellmann, who is also the former chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco, recently sat down with WABE's Martha Dalton at the Atlanta Grill. Their conversation begins with a summary of the foundation's work in education.

Those conducting Atlanta's homeless youth count wear T-shirts to clearly identify them with Georgia State University. Survey takers must ask intimate questions, which is why they try to build rapport and come across as non-threatening. One volunteer says
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 An estimated 3,374 young people are homeless in the metro-Atlanta area, according to a new report from Georgia State University.

Last summer, 50 GSU and Emory students counted young people ages 14-25 who were homeless, in shelters or in other temporary housing situations like long-term stay motels.

Surveyors looked at not just Atlanta, but large swaths of the five core metro counties.

Norman Mackenzie, director of choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, poses for a portrait on July 9, 2015.
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This story is part of WABE, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ArtsATL’s The Shaw 100th series. For more stories, click here.

Saturday would have been Atlanta choral conductor Robert Shaw's 100th birthday. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will honor him that day with a performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall. 

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An armed anti-Muslim rally is planned for Monday morning starting at the Georgia Capitol and ending in front of the CNN center. 

The organizer, James Stachowiak of Augusta, Georgia, said he's protesting the U.S. government's immigration policies and response to the arrest of anti-government militants in eastern Oregon.

In a YouTube video, Stachowiak said he was denied a permit for him to hold an armed rally at Liberty Plaza across the Georgia State Capitol. 

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of what is known as the Easter Rising – an armed insurrection in Ireland that took place during the Easter week of April 1916. It was waged by Irish Republicans in an attempt to end British rule and establish Irish independence.

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This story is part of WABE, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ArtsATL’s The Shaw 100th series. For more stories, click here.

Job interviews are often awkward at their best, and disastrous at their worst. For Georgia State professor John Haberlen, one particular interview profoundly influenced his own life and career.

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The SunTrust Foundation has awarded a $2 million grant to Georgia State University to create a first-of-its kind student financial management center.

The idea is to provide guidance for students facing financial problems that could keep them from earning degrees.

Tim Renick, GSU’s Vice Provost and Vice President of enrollment, management and student success, says advisors will help students navigate financial issues — both big or small.

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Lyft is making the latest move in the ongoing competition to corner the Atlanta market. The ride-hailing service has announced a new partnership with Georgia State University.

Both Uber and Lyft tend to be protective about local ridership numbers, so it can be hard to pin down what the market competition really looks like. A Lyft spokesperson said the company is seeing 60 percent more rides in Atlanta than last year.

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U.S. Education Secretary John King came to Georgia State University Wednesday. King says he was here to gather research on how to increase college graduation rates nationwide.  

GSU boosted its graduation rate 22 percentage points over ten years. Last year the U.S. Education Department gave Georgia State an $8.9 million grant to expand its work. After talking with students, King said the grant seems to be paying off.