Local / Theater & Dance

NSU Theatre and Virginia Stage present “The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders” Oct. 8-11

Norfolk State University Theatre and the Virginia Stage Company are partnering for a special virtual presentation of The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders. First performed as part of VSC’s Season 39, this virtual production will include a mixture of zoom performances from the original cast as well as recorded musical … Continue reading

Campus Life / Education / Local / Politics / Virginia

Norfolk State University to host U.S. Senatorial Debate at L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center Oct. 3

For the first time in Norfolk State University’s 85-year history, the university will host a live U.S. Senatorial Debate on campus between Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and the Republican challenger, Daniel Gade, Ph.D., at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center. The Oct. 3 debate will focus on racial disparities and inequities in education, healthcare, … Continue reading

Spartan Echo accepting applications
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Spartan Echo accepting applications

Need experience and work product to show a potential employer? Get it at the Spartan Echo! We’re now accepting applications for fall positions. Attention all writers, photographers, graphic designers, and web content producers: the Spartan Echo is accepting applications now for all editor positions. Student editors will serve during the fall 2020 semester and may … Continue reading

Business / Campus Life / Local

Norfolk State Police issue shopping safety tips to students

Welcome Students to the Fall 2020 Semester! With the excitement of being on campus and close to downtown Norfolk, the NSU Police Department would like to provide students with the following safety tips while on and off-campus. Shopping  ·       Shop with others. There’s always safety in numbers. Shop with friends whenever possible. ·       Walk confidently. … Continue reading

Governor and First Lady Northam test positive for COVID-19
Health / Virginia

Governor and First Lady Northam test positive for COVID-19

RICHMOND, Sept. 25, 2020—On Wednesday evening, Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam were notified that a member of the Governor’s official residence staff, who works closely within the couple’s living quarters, had developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Both the Governor and First Lady received PCR nasal swab tests yesterday afternoon, … Continue reading

Governor Northam signs Hampton Roads Transportation Funding Law, welcomes new electric transit buses
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Governor Northam signs Hampton Roads Transportation Funding Law, welcomes new electric transit buses

~ Virginia’s first zero-emission electric buses to transform regional transit ~ NORFOLK—Governor Ralph Northam celebrated the launch of Virginia’s first zero-emission electric buses today, as he ceremonially signed a new law that provides dedicated funding for the first time in Hampton Roads Transit’s history. The Governor was joined by Senator Louise Lucas, who sponsored Senate … Continue reading

Governor Northam announces expansion of payment relief for student loan borrowers
Business / Education / Virginia

Governor Northam announces expansion of payment relief for student loan borrowers

~ Borrowers are encouraged to contact their loan servicer immediately ~ Governor Ralph Northam announced April 29 that Virginia has secured relief options for more than 200,000 Virginians with privately held student loans. The payment relief is the result of a new initiative by Virginia and several other states to work with the major private student … Continue reading

Virginia dramatically decreases jail population following guidance from Governor
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Virginia dramatically decreases jail population following guidance from Governor

~ Virginia sees 67 percent decline in new commitments for misdemeanors, 17 percent decrease in jail population ~ RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced April 17 that Virginia’s collaborative efforts to release low-level offenders from local and regional jails in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are working, and the administration’s guidelines have been effective in decreasing the … Continue reading

Campus Life / Local

NSU mandate orders all campus residence halls closed on May 1, empty by May 2

by Keona Frasier NSU’s Housing and Residence Life has ordered students to vacate all campus residential communities by the end of the semester, despite current residents having documented emergency circumstances. Students received a notice that the residence halls will be closing on May 1 and that they should have their belongs removed and be checked … Continue reading

Campus Life / Education / Local

Coronavirus pushes students to online classes and the challenge to pay bills: an inside look at a Norfolk State graduating senior

by Skyler Sales The coronavirus has spread its plague in many ways, affecting everyone in its path. No matter what age or background, it has in some way affected us all. But, for people like me, it has been a hard struggle. Being not only a college student, but being a graduating senior during this … Continue reading

Campus Life / Education / Local

Going online, self isolating, delaying graduation challenge Norfolk State seniors

by Sarah Campos As COVID-19 continues to make national history, Norfolk State University has encountered unprecedented times. Campus is closed off, and all classes have been switched to online. With students and teachers struggling to switch to virtual classes and attempting to keep normal educational standards, seniors have been hit the hardest. After years of … Continue reading

Education / Local

Norfolk State graduate students excluded from temporary “Pass or Fail” grading policy

by Keona Frasier As the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened world-wide health precautions, Norfolk State is among the many educational institutions that suspended classes in effort to limit the spread of the virus. In response to student upheaval, NSU has implemented a temporary pass or fail option to alleviate academic stress for some … Continue reading

Frequently Asked Questions on the CARES Act
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Frequently Asked Questions on the CARES Act

~From Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA)~ Congress recently passed and President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate its effect on individuals, students, families, businesses as well as states and localities. Please find answers below to common questions about direct cash payments, relief for … Continue reading

Virginia receives Major Disaster Declaration from federal government for COVID-19
Business / Health / Virginia

Virginia receives Major Disaster Declaration from federal government for COVID-19

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam  announced April 2 that Virginia has received a Major Disaster Declaration to aid in the Commonwealth’s response to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Governor Northam requested this federal disaster assistance on Monday, March 30. A Major Disaster Declaration designation provides federal public assistance for all areas in the Commonwealth of Virginia affected by … Continue reading

Campus Life / Health / Local / National

Students navigate challenges of campus evacuations

by Kevin Alexander, Jr. With the recent COVID-19 pandemic taking the world by storm, numerous students are left clueless as to where they’ll eat or even lay their heads for the next few months. Due to this unforeseen pandemic crisis, many universities across the country, including Norfolk State University, have decided to conduct the remainder … Continue reading

Health / National / Opinion & Editorial

Storm of coronavirus challenges university students, businesses: a Norfolk State student’s first-hand observations

by Ian Williams The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a quiet storm making its way inside households. Unlike most storms, it is neither seen nor heard. It shows no sign of approaching, and more importantly, no sign of leaving. This sudden storm shows no pattern in claiming its victims causing those at risk to adjust. All … Continue reading