Washington Post: College students hit the road after an eerie pandemic semester. Will the virus go home with them?

Washington Post: College students hit the road after an eerie pandemic semester. Will the virus go home with them?. “They have endured the strangest fall term in memory, cooped up in dormitories and apartments, taking classes mostly online, seeing professors in person only occasionally, if at all, hanging out with just a few close friends and imagining how this lakeshore capital in a state swamped by the coronavirus might someday recover its boisterous college vibe when the pandemic subsides. Now thousands of University of Wisconsin students are making getaway plans, part of a mass pre-Thanksgiving exodus from campuses nationwide that could spread the dangerous pathogen in hometowns across the country if students and schools aren’t careful.”

Voice of America: New International Student Enrollment Falls 43% in the US

Voice of America: New International Student Enrollment Falls 43% in the US. “COVID-19 has drastically cut international student participation in U.S. colleges and universities, punctuating three years of declining enrollment tied to costs, immigration barriers and perceived chaos in American society.”

The Auburn Plainsman: Some students retreat from social media

The Auburn Plainsman: Some students retreat from social media. “On social media platforms across the board, likes, shares and comments make people feel happy. Some believe the danger comes when one gets hooked to the hit of neurotransmitters. Suddenly, no like, comment or share can satisfy the craving. In the end, people can find themselves coming back, even if they no longer particularly enjoy it.”

Chronicle of Higher Education: What Does a College Student Look Like? Stock Images From the Quad Are Getting an Update.

Chronicle of Higher Education: What Does a College Student Look Like? Stock Images From the Quad Are Getting an Update.. “For decades, a disproportionate number of stock images have portrayed the experience of one kind of student: the 18- to 22-year-old attending a residential four-year college. But all those fresh-faced kids on tree-shaded quads are, in fact, the minority. (Did you know that only about 15 percent of undergraduates live in campus dorms?) Now, more than ever, some higher-education experts say, the world needs to see more images of students who fit a different description.”

College students upended by the pandemic wrestle with yet another challenge: How to vote this fall? (Washington Post)

Washington Post: College students upended by the pandemic wrestle with yet another challenge: How to vote this fall?. “When students at the University of Texas at Austin were sent home this spring as the coronavirus pandemic shut down college campuses, Janae Steggall and other campus organizers scrambled to help students make sure they could still vote in the primaries. But despite blasting out social media graphics, hotline numbers and digital care packages to help students figure out where they were eligible to vote, some students never got their ballots after they returned home — including Steggall, who leads a civic engagement group on campus.”

The 961: Lebanese University Students Are Now Banned From Complaining On Social Media

The 961: Lebanese University Students Are Now Banned From Complaining On Social Media. “It is safe to say that the 2019-2020 academic year has been a very stressful road for Lebanon’s students, especially for the students of the state-run Lebanese University. All year long, they have shared their frustrations and concerns over unreasonable regulations on social media. Now, the university just released a statement warning against online complaining when it comes to its decisions. Students who wish to register for the academic year of 2020-2021 are asked to pledge to abide by that new rule that oppresses their freedom of expression.”

‘We’ve got to do better than this’: College students raise alarm by packing bars, avoiding masks (Washington Post)

Washington Post: ‘We’ve got to do better than this’: College students raise alarm by packing bars, avoiding masks. “Music blared outside a row of off-campus houses on [August 15] near the University of North Georgia as hundreds of students packed the streets and front yards. Virtually no one wore a mask. The huge party in Dahlonega, Ga., captured in a viral Twitter video, was one of a number of mass gatherings around the country this weekend as tens of thousands of students returned to college towns already on edge amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.”

Canada .com: Anxiety high as Canadian schools prepare for students from COVID-ravaged U.S.

Canada .com: Anxiety high as Canadian schools prepare for students from COVID-ravaged U.S.. “Post-secondary students from the pandemic-riven United States are getting ready to go back to school in Canada — a rite of passage that’s causing more anxiety than usual for parents and front-line university workers alike in the age of COVID-19.”

CBS DFW: Fewer Students Applying For Federal College Aid After Access To Resources Cut Off During Pandemic

CBS DFW: Fewer Students Applying For Federal College Aid After Access To Resources Cut Off During Pandemic. “When school buildings suddenly closed in the spring the number of high school seniors applying for U.S. federal college aid plunged soon after. In addition to being forced from the classroom, closures meant students were cut off from school counselors during a critical time. The pandemic has also forced families hit with financial setbacks to reconsider plans for higher education.”

CNN: Penn State is tracking those in contact with a 21-year-old student who died of Covid-19 complications

CNN: Penn State is tracking those in contact with a 21-year-old student who died of Covid-19 complications. “Penn State University announced 21-year-old student Juan Garcia died of respiratory failure from coronavirus complications last month. ‘We are profoundly saddened to learn about Juan’s untimely death during this pandemic,’ Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims said in a statement.”

Chapelboro: UNC Not Requiring COVID-19 Testing Upon Students’ Return, Citing ‘False Sense of Security’

Chapelboro: UNC Not Requiring COVID-19 Testing Upon Students’ Return, Citing ‘False Sense of Security’. “In the first weekly update on the implementation of the Carolina Roadmap for Fall 2020, Provost Bob Blouin shared details on how the campus community can be tested for the coronavirus, as well as new required public health guidelines. In Thursday’s update and a message to students and faculty the previous week, university leadership said it will not be testing every member of the community upon their return to campus. Citing advice from health experts and the Centers for Disease Control, the update said widespread, asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 may lead to ‘a false sense of security’ at the university.”

CBS: 105 University of Washington students in frat houses test positive for coronavirus

CBS News: 105 University of Washington students in frat houses test positive for coronavirus. “More than 100 students living in fraternity houses near the University of Washington campus have reported testing positive for COVID-19, with hundreds of results pending. The Interfraternity Council, a student-led governing board for UW fraternities, said that at least 105 residents living in 15 fraternity houses have self-reported that they tested positive, CBS affiliate KIRO-TV reports.”

Alabama students throwing ‘COVID parties’ to see who gets infected: Officials (ABC News)

ABC News: Alabama students throwing ‘COVID parties’ to see who gets infected: Officials. “Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry said students have been organizing ‘COVID parties’ as a game to intentionally infect each other with the contagion that has killed more than 127,000 people in the United States. She said she recently learned of the behavior and informed the city council of the parties occurring in the city.”

Chronicle of Higher Education: In Some States This Fall, Masks at Public Colleges Will Be ‘Encouraged’ but Not Required

Chronicle of Higher Education: In Some States This Fall, Masks at Public Colleges Will Be ‘Encouraged’ but Not Required. “Georgia plans to reopen its 26 public colleges and universities this fall without requiring face masks — despite clear evidence that they play a critical role in reducing the spread of Covid-19. The optional policy worries some faculty.”