Miami Dade College, the nation's largest community college, will use temperature checks in the fall
MIAMI — Miami Dade College plans to bring back as many students, faculty and staff as possible to its campuses this fall with a strict measure that other large universities in South Florida won’t implement: temperature checks.The largest community college in the country — with approximately 120,000 students — drafted a three-phase reopening plan that is “general on purpose” to adapt to the fluctuating pandemic conditions, said Lenore Rodicio, the executive vice president and provost. MDC will adhere to local, state and national guidance but will apply stricter rules if necessary.“It’s a flexib...
At least 80 Washington students in fraternities test positive for coronavirus, a foreboding sign for college reopenings
SEATTLE — At least 80 students living in a dozen fraternity houses just north of the University of Washington campus have reported testing positive for COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, with hundreds of results pending.The university learned Saturday that three fraternity residents had symptoms of COVID-19, and public health officials noticed a spike in cases from the area among people ages 18 to 20, said UW spokeswoman Michelle Ma. Since UW announced Tuesday that at least 38 students tested positive, the student-run Interfraternity Council informed the university of 42 more positive results....
The Seattle Times
UCF football players call for controversial professor to be fired
ORLANDO, Fla. — Some of the UCF football team’s biggest stars are demanding the university fire Charles Negy, a psychology associate professor who has sparked protests with his controversial social media posts.Senior running back Greg McCrae was the first to express his outrage on Twitter and was joined by other players, including quarterback McKenzie Milton.“@CharlesNegy is a racist & sexist professor who is currently employed by my university,” McCrae wrote. “I do not condone comments and tweets that he has made openly disgracing others because of their race or gender. @UCF @UCFCartwright #U...
Meet the university professor who turned writing letters of recommendation into a humorous, bestselling novel
SEATTLE — Writing constant letters of recommendation goes with the territory of being a university faculty member. Julie Schumacher, who teaches creative writing at the University of Minnesota, took that task to a new level: She made a novel from it.“Dear Committee Members” is entirely made up of letters of recommendation written by Jason Fitger, a much put-upon professor of creative writing at the appropriately named Payne University. A bestseller upon its initial publication in 2014, it earned Schumacher the Thurber Prize for American Humor.And, like so many novels, its initial impetus was w...
The Seattle Times
In the age of COVID-19, Minn. author looks to 'poetry therapy' to soothe the soul
MINNEAPOLIS — When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Geri Chavis knew what would help soothe her soul and those of the people she loves: Poems. Chavis, professor emerita at St. Catherine University, is past president of the National Association for Poetry Therapy, which has for decades promoted poetry for healing and growth. She is the author of three books, including “Poetry and Story Therapy: The Healing Power of Creative Expression,” and keeper of more than 2,000 poems on friendship, marriage and family relationships, grieving and loss, courage and hope and many other subjects. Chavis shares mo...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Scientists say Trump's order limiting foreign workers will hurt labs, stifle American ingenuity
ST. LOUIS — For the last two years, Washington University postdoctoral fellow Wei Qian, of China, has been researching a rare fatal childhood genetic disorder with no highly effective therapy.Now he’s scrambling to reconsider his future.Last week, President Donald Trump issued an executive order restricting until the end of the year certain types of foreign worker visas — notably the H-1B for highly skilled workers such as foreign faculty members and postdoctoral fellows. The Trump administration said the move would prioritize jobs for U.S. citizens and blunt the economic impact of the coronav...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Princeton strips Woodrow Wilson's name from school, citing his racist past
Princeton University Saturday announced it would strip the name of former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson from its school of public and international affairs and one of its residential colleges, following letters and calls from students and alumni.“We have taken this extraordinary step because we believe that Wilson’s racist thinking and policies make him an inappropriate namesake for a school whose scholars, students, and alumni must be firmly committed to combatting the scourge of racism in all its forms,” the university’s board of trustees said in a statement following a vote on Friday.An his...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mike Jensen: We asked a bunch of college coaches, will there be games?
PHILADELPHIA — It won’t be a conventional college sports season — assuming it starts. There will be fewer games, less travel. Maybe conference-only play, starting later. No overnight trips for some teams. No flights for some used to taking them.Or, it will start but not finish.Or, it won’t start.My thoughts? Nope. I checked in with college coaches, because they need to be the most tuned in to all COVID-19 issues since they have a vested interest. Two questions for them: Will their team (a) play a game? And (b) finish the season?I asked 32 current coaches, got 29 responses, mostly via texts. Go...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Kansas State student's racist tweets are widely condemned — but not by everyone
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas State University student’s insensitive tweets about George Floyd created a firestorm on social media Friday and were widely condemned. But not by everyone.Jaden McNeil, head of K-State’s America First Students chapter — a controversial group he formed earlier this year — posted the tweets on Thursday afternoon. The first one said, “Congratulations to George Floyd on being drug free for an entire month!”The comments immediately began pouring in from across the country. Most denounced the tweets and many called for K-State to take immediate action.But white nationalis...
The Kansas City Star
'American Gun: A Poem by 100 Chicagoans' offers collective response to city's shooting violence
CHICAGO — More than 1,200 people have been shot in Chicago so far this year, and there have been more than 220 homicides — a level similar to 2016 and 2017, the most violent years in the city since the 1990s, according to data kept by the Tribune. In the wake of this violence, Big Shoulders Books just released “American Gun: A Poem by 100 Chicagoans.”The book, edited by poet and DePaul University English Department faculty member Chris Green, features the work of 100 local poets whose individual stanzas create one big poem about gun violence and its effect on our city. It’s a collective respon...