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.”

NBC News: Trump administration backs down on restrictions for international students

NBC News: Trump administration backs down on restrictions for international students. “Facing blowback and lawsuits, the Trump administration is rescinding its directive blocking international students from staying in the United States while taking online-only classes.”

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.”

Phys .org: University students facing food insecurity due to pandemic

Phys .org: University students facing food insecurity due to pandemic. “A collaboration of universities in the U.K. and U.S. surveyed students on their levels of food insecurity during April, after universities in both nations ceased campus-based teaching. The preliminary findings outlined in the report, Food Insecurity and Lived Experiences of Students, reveal students have high levels of food insecurity and low levels of mental wellbeing, alongside a high level of lost jobs and income since the outbreak of COVID-19.”

CALIFORNIA: A (Virtual) Day in the Life of A Berkeley Student

CALIFORNIA: A (Virtual) Day in the Life of A Berkeley Student. “Under shelter-in-place our lives have gone digital: distance learning, virtual conferences, online cocktail hours, and more. As Internet usage is up, bandwidth has been strained. According to BroadbandNow, which provides comparison data about Internet service providers, average download speeds in Berkeley dropped 15 percent between February and March. At least we have ways of staying connected while remaining physically distant—even if it means some buffering. Here we imagine a day in the life of a Berkeley student.”

Masks required and fewer parties (allegedly): What college will look like this fall (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Masks required and fewer parties (allegedly): What college will look like this fall. “As more colleges and universities announce how and when they will resume operations — following the abrupt shutdowns of March — most are making clear that students will share in the duty of protecting classmates, faculty and staff from a contagious disease that has killed more than 100,000 Americans.”

University Times: USI to Launch Online Archive Hailing Students’ Role in Marriage Equality

University Times: USI to Launch Online Archive Hailing Students’ Role in Marriage Equality. “The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) [has launched] an archive of reports, photos and videos… to celebrate the role of students in the 2015 marriage equality referendum…. It features details on the first time a USI president called for marriage equality – in 1977 – as well as how students’ unions pushed for exams to be moved so students could vote in the referendum.”

TIME: How COVID-19 Will Shape the Class of 2020 For the Rest of Their Lives

TIME: How COVID-19 Will Shape the Class of 2020 For the Rest of Their Lives. “College graduation is often marked by an adjustment period, as students leave the comforts of campus to find their way in the raw wilderness of the job market. But this year’s graduates are staggering into a world that is in some ways unrecognizable. More than 90,000 Americans have died; tens of millions are out of work; entire industries have crumbled. The virus and the economic shock waves it unleashed have hammered Americans of all ages. But graduating in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic will have enduring implications on the Class of 2020: for their memories, their earning power, and their view of what it means to have a functional society. For these young adults, the pandemic represents not just a national crisis but also a defining moment.”

Another Casualty of the Coronavirus: Summer Internships (New York Times)

New York Times: Another Casualty of the Coronavirus: Summer Internships. “For millions of college students, internships can be a steppingstone to full-time work, a vital source of income and even a graduation requirement. But like so much else, summer internships have been upended by the pandemic, with a wide range of major companies, including tech firms like Yelp and entertainment behemoths like the Walt Disney Company, canceling programs and rescinding offers.”

UConn Today: New Online Exhibit Highlights Asian American Student Narratives

UConn Today: New Online Exhibit Highlights Asian American Student Narratives. “While students have answered the call to stay at home and help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, they are confronted with unprecedented challenges to both them and their friends, families, and neighbors. For Asian American students, the threat of racism, targeted discrimination, and social isolation can take an additional toll. To provide students with a creative outlet, and to bring light to the experiences of Asian American students in isolation, UConn’s Asian and Asian American Studies Institute (AAASI) has launched Illustrated Resilience – an ongoing online exhibit of student narratives and work from professional artists intended to document student experiences and raise awareness about the personal and societal impacts of the lack of medical preparation, access to testing, imbalanced relief, and deepening inequality while providing a creative outlet through the use of visual arts.”