Mark Bradley: The odds of college football being played this fall? Not good.
ATLANTA — A month ago, colleges were cautiously optimistic that football would be played this fall. The adjective — “optimistic” — and the adverb — “cautiously” — were assigned almost equal weight. During a pandemic, nobody can be sure of anything; that said, college administrators were encouraged by what they were seeing.Then the virus spiked. Perhaps this was the inevitable consequence of states re-opening. Or maybe it would have happened anyway. And maybe this is how we’ll have to live now, with an increase in cases being the necessary price of going on with life. These are medical/politica...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
San Jose Catholic school releases sex abuse report, apologizes 'with heavy hearts'
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Nearly three years after a former student exposed sex abuse complaints dating back decades at San Jose’s Presentation High School for girls, its leaders released a damning outside investigation Thursday that found administrators failed to seriously pursue credible allegations against six former staffers.Investigators the school hired in September found sufficient information “to form a good faith belief that sexual misconduct or abuse occurred by five former faculty members and one former coach” for conduct that took place from the early 1980s to 2013, the school’s president...
The Mercury News
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Coronavirus outbreak tied to fraternity parties imperils fall semester at UC BerkeleySAN FRANCISCO — An outbreak of coronavirus infections tied to parties connected to fraternities at the University of California, Berkeley is imperiling the prospect of in-person fall semester classes, university officials warned.In just one week, there have been 47 COVID-19 cases confirmed by the campus’s University Health Services system, the university said in a letter to the campus community.Most of the 47 new cases “stem from a series of recent parties connected to the CalGreek system, which included stude...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Trump shuts out foreign students forced into online-only classes
President Donald Trump may rant and rail about trade deficits in a global economy that he says rips America off, but one market the U.S. has cornered for decades, to the broader benefit of us all, is higher education. The world’s students — Asia’s especially — flock to our undergraduate and graduate schools in numbers unrivaled by any other nation, often paying top-dollar tuition to study here.It may not stay that way for long, and Trump’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will be to blame.A healthy country would do everything possible to keep a million-plus foreign students coming, a...
New York Daily News
Colleges campuses are trying to reopen in the fall. The main source of opposition? The faculty
CHICAGO — Just because students might be returning to college campuses this fall doesn’t mean professors will be joining them.Controversy over whether instructors need to be in the classroom during the fall term has erupted at campuses including the University of Notre Dame, where professors are pushing back, noting the dangers of face-to-face classes while the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage.These faculty members say they alone should determine how they will teach this fall. Notre Dame, however, is asking those with objections to in-person instruction to submit documentation of medical...
'Panic and chaos': International students, colleges react to new ICE rule on remote learning
Federal immigration officials’ decision to revoke the visas of international students whose colleges offer only online courses this fall sparked outrage in the world of higher education — and devastated students like Alexandra Panzarelli, who may be forced to uproot her life and return to Venezuela if the rule holds.“When I heard the news … I couldn’t even listen to it,” said Panzarelli, a 39-year-old politics PhD student at The New School in New York’s Greenwich Village, which because of the coronavirus pandemic canceled in-person classes this fall — a decision she supported.“To face a decisi...
New York Daily News
University System of Georgia to require masks in classrooms after all
ATLANTA — The University System of Georgia announced late Monday it will require students and faculty to wear face coverings in classrooms and other campus facilities if social distancing can’t be done, a reversal of its prior position that faced widespread criticism.More than 8,700 people signed a petition demanding the system require face coverings in classrooms as part of its guidelines to protect students and faculty from the spread of COVID-19, which has spiked among young people in recent weeks. More than 800 Georgia Tech faculty members signed a similar petition.University System offici...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
COVID-19 meets the 2020 election: The perfect storm for misinformation
SEATTLE — When a mysterious virus began racing around the globe early this year, scientists at the University of Washington’s newly created Center for an Informed Public described it as the perfect storm for bogus information, both innocent and malicious.So what’s the situation six months later, now that the coronavirus pandemic is playing out in tandem with a passionate push for racial justice and the opening volleys of the presidential race? The perfect superstorm?Pretty much, says Kate Starbird, a co-founder of the center.“As time goes on, what we’re seeing is the convergence between COVID-...
The Seattle Times
Mike Jensen: Chances for Ivy League sports this fall look slim, with announcement expected Wednesday
The announcement is due Wednesday from the Ivy League, about what that league’s plans are for sports in the fall.Here’s what to expect: No sports.You can’t read Harvard’s announcement Monday about its own campus plans for the full 2020-21 academic year and think the Crimson folks are hoping to wedge football games into their campus fall plan up in Cambridge. Even sports during the spring semester sound in question, although don’t expect clear guidance anytime soon on that front.Harvard announced it will have no in-class learning for the entire academic year, fall and spring, but will have up t...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Leaked emails and passwords were from 'third-party data breaches,' University of Michigan says
DETROIT — Thousands of University of Michigan students got a scare Friday night: warnings circulating on social media about an apparent data breach leaking their U-M email addresses and passwords.On Saturday, the University of Michigan released a statement saying the information was from older “third-party data breaches, such as Chegg, Zynga, LinkedIn” where users used their student emails to sign up register.The release emphasized there was no data leak from the university’s end, and stressed students should not use the same passwords outside of U-M services. The university’s Information and ...
Detroit Free Press