Why USC's student newspaper is taking a break during a never-ending news cycle
COLUMBIA, S.C. — An unprecedented global pandemic continued to swirl around them, one of their classmates was just found dead in a quarry, midterm exams pressed down on them, and they had news to gather day after day. And classes to attend. And jobs to work. And sleep — no, very little sleep.The staff of The Daily Gamecock, the University of South Carolina’s flagship student journalism organization, was, in their own words, “not OK.” And this week, they announced an unheard-of decision to take an intentional break from reporting the news, as the never-ending news cycle continues to rush forwar...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
'Disgusted' NU president condemns anti-police protesters who burned banner outside his house, vandalized campus
CHICAGO — A group of Northwestern University students urging the school to cut ties with local and campus police departments is now calling on President Morton Schapiro to resign after a protest outside his home this weekend prompted him to rebuke the movement and characterize its recent actions as violent.In a letter sent to the Northwestern community Monday, Schapiro said he condemned the protesters who have menaced residents by blocking streets, vandalizing campus property and lighting fires. The student newspaper reported that protesters spray-painted local businesses, smashed a grocery st...
'Incredibly rare' white baby sea turtle pops out of the sand on South Carolina beach
An “extremely rare” white baby sea turtle was found Sunday on a beach 25 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, according to Kiawah Island town officials.“You can imagine the excited ‘oohs’ and the ‘aahs’ from the guests, including some College of Charleston students, when the (beach) patroller found a lone, leucistic hatchling in the nest,” town officials wrote on Facebook. “It was a first for everyone.”Leucism is a condition that decreases color pigmentation, experts say, often making an animal appear white or spotted.“Leucism is different from albinism, as albino animals have a complete...
The Charlotte Observer
With no high school football, a frustrated trainer staged his own game, violating Washington's COVID-19 protocols
SEATTLE — Tracy Ford doesn’t mince words explaining his motivations for lobbying to get high school football players back on the field.“These kids need to be seen,” said the man behind the Ford Sports Performance center in Bellevue, which trains professional and up-and-coming amateur players. “They need to be seen and they need to be evaluated.”And when Gov. Jay Inslee’s office declined to recommend that the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) resume fall sports after a meeting last month involving the WIAA, the governor’s office, Ford and student athletes, the trainer too...
The Seattle Times
Investigators find University of Minnesota knew of abuse allegations involving former hockey coach, did nothing
MINNEAPOLIS — Former members of the University of Minnesota athletics department were aware of sexual abuse allegations involving a former assistant men’s hockey coach in 1984-1985 but failed to act, a law firm hired to investigate the matter has concluded.The U hired law firm Perkins Coie in February to investigate allegations that former coach Thomas “Chico” Adrahtas sexually abused multiple members of the hockey team between June 1984 and June 1985. The allegations were first reported by The Athletic in February.The Star Tribune could not reach Adrahtas for comment Friday. In an interview w...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Ben Frederickson: College sports world holds its breath as SEC goes toe-to-toe with COVID
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Anyone who knows anything about both college football and COVID-19 realized this season was going to get messy.And now, officially, it is.Messy because the thought of playing through the pandemic forced us to realize there was no good answer. It didn’t really feel right to ask unpaid student athletes to play through a pandemic like professionals. But at the same time, it didn’t really feel right to stop them if they wanted to, especially when a lost college football season after a lost March Madness would have resulted in lost programs, scholarships and jobs.Messy because, log...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
This is your brain on Trump: Four years of chaos has changed us. What would four more do?
PHILADELPHIA — On an October afternoon nearly a month ahead of the presidential election, Mohamed Kabba hustled into the mail-in voting center at Tilden Middle School in Southwest Philadelphia with an air of urgency.“As an immigrant, there’s a lot at stake for me,” said Kabba, 64. He left Sierra Leone 30 years ago — but the past four divisive, unpredictable, and chaotic years have been like nothing he’s experienced in America.Head-spinning highlights include: President Trump’s impeachment, the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, divisive battles over Supreme Court appointments, countl...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
How Illinois athletes worked to boost voter registration on campus: 'There's definitely a heightened sense of urgency. Everyone is really out here fighting to be heard.'
Illinois golfer Ali Morallos turned 18 shortly before moving from California to Champaign for college, not long before the 2016 election.“I didn’t know where to go to register for mail-in and out-of-state (voting),” she said.Like many young people and college students, Morallos did not vote.This time around — now a senior — she’s registered. She’s also working to help ensure other Illinois athletes are too as a leader with the Big Ten’s Voter Registration Initiative.“I could have really used this when I was a freshman,” Morallos said. “As athletes, we have an opportunity to have an incredible ...
Commentary: Students in Big Ten states could be key to the election
This year’s presidential election might come down to students. More than other large voting blocs, their turnout varies enormously from election to election, and some of the most important swing states have lots of students.The Big Ten schools alone — in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ohio — will almost certainly influence who sits in the Oval Office in a few months. Same goes for universities in both Arizona and Florida.But during this pandemic year, with so many students not where they expected to be, they face unique challenges in casting their ballots. If they don’t turn...
Pa. college plans to power two farms from cafeteria waste, cow manure, and brewery scraps
The Dickinson College dining hall serves up a varied menu ranging from Monte Cristo casserole and cranberry chicken to, of course, pizza.But the 1,000 pounds a day of food waste produced by the Carlisle, Pa., campus is a hidden energy source that school officials say they plan to tap into.That waste, along with local cow manure, scraps from local schools, and grain from local brewers, can create enough energy to power operations at the school’s 80-acre, USDA-certified organic farm, and an adjoining dairy farm it leases, said Matt Steiman, energy projects manager at Dickinson’s farm.Not only th...
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