College students returning home face challenges amid COVID-19 pandemic


Passengers traveling through the A.B. Won Pat International Airport on Guam are subjected to thermal imaging scans to measure body temperatures as authorities battle the spread of the coronavirus.

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As Thanksgiving approaches, thousands of Guam residents weigh the risk of pandemic travel. Among this group of people, college students face a daunting challenge: How to safely return home but avoid bringing a deadly virus.

In a country with 250,000 coronavirus deaths, universities nationwide are allowing students to go home for a long Thanksgiving break and finish their semesters remotely.

So what are experts recommending to students to reduce the possibility carrying the coronavirus with them?

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All college students returning to Guam are subject to quarantine. Proof of negative test results outside of Guam aren’t accepted.

The Department of Public Health and Social Services website delineates requirements prior to travel. Incoming passengers, regardless of

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Jeff Jacobs: ‘A lot of challenges’ ahead for Sacred Heart and the college basketball community

FAIRFIELD — Mask on his face, heart on his sleeve, Anthony Latina walked off the practice court late Tuesday afternoon.

“Well, we started an hour late, one guy tweaked his ankle, it looked like we hadn’t practiced in 14 days and we were dragging a little at the end,” the Sacred Heart basketball coach said.

You could almost see the smile on Latina’s face underneath that mask.

“And it was great to see each other and be together, get our legs under us and have that camaraderie,” he said.

Game 1 — COVID willing — is at No. 24 Rutgers on Nov 25.

“As a coach, you do feel pressure to win,” Latina said. “But this year you feel a different type of pressure. We’ve got to make this work. I remember I was talking with UMass Lowell about game time (Dec. 4) and all that. I’m like, ‘If we

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Showtime documentary on EMU’s Greg Kelley ‘one of biggest challenges of my career’


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Pat Kondelis has produced some impactful documentaries over the years, including “The Scheme,” which chronicled the crookedness of college athletics, with Saginaw’s Christian Dawkins as a main player.

But Kondelis said he’s done nothing more rewarding than Showtime’s “Outcry,” a five-part series that was released in June and tells the story of Eastern Michigan’s newest football player, Greg Kelley.

Kelley was accused and convicted of child molestation, and spent more than three years in prison until a group of advocates successfully worked to exonerate him.

Greg Kelley in prison in Huntsville, Texas, on May 31, 2017. (Photo: Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman)

Kondelis was right there just about every step of the way during the lengthy legal battle, starting in May 2017.

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“It’s very rewarding,” said

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Boston College bound Ally VanTimmeren of Jenison shares her challenges with dyslexia

Ally VanTimmeren has a goal every time she puts on her Jenison High School basketball uniform.

Of course, the 6-foot-3 senior all-state forward wants to win, but it appears that Vince Lombardi was wrong about winning being the only thing as far as VanTimmeren is concerned.

“I want to see little girls come into the gym and see me working, see me playing, and hopefully, I will inspire them to work just as hard,” VanTimmeren said.

Those little girls should see what VanTimmeren can accomplish in the classroom, too.

VanTimmermen is no stranger to the West Michigan basketball community. VanTimmeren announced in May that she will be continuing her education and basketball career at Boston College, which was one of 27 Power 5 schools to offer her.

But VanTimmeren doesn’t want to be a role model only to girls aspiring to play college ball. She also wants to inspire any

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Ferd Lewis: Challenges, opportunties await University of Hawaii football team

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Stamford Board of Education election could end in legal challenges

STAMFORD — As Stamford residents cast their votes Tuesday, there was still some question whether one particular race belonged on the ballot.

Following the election, there is question whether votes cast for the seat will count.

The final column on the form was listed as “Board of Education to fill vacancy for one year,” and offered voters the chance to choose one person. But there wasn’t a single candidate listed for any party.

Last month, city

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NYC Schools Quell the Virus Only to Face Education Challenges

(Bloomberg) — New York City has successfully kept Covid-19 from invading its school buildings, offering hope to a nation hesitant to return children to classrooms. Now it must maintain those low levels as it tries to lure more students.

America’s largest public-school system begins its only opt-in period Monday for remote-school students willing to give a blended program a shot. If they don’t switch by Nov. 15, they will be remote for the rest of the school year — an option that district officials say results in students learning less than with in-class instruction.

a person wearing a suit and tie: Mayor de Blasio And Chancellor Carranza Tour New Bridges Elementary School Ahead Of Schools Reopening

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Mayor de Blasio And Chancellor Carranza Tour New Bridges Elementary School Ahead Of Schools Reopening

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“We’re lower than we anticipated in terms of in-person learners, and know that families initially had hesitations,” Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said during an Oct. 26 news briefing. “There is no replacement

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Retired NASA astronaut Jack Fischer talks spacesuit challenges and the International Space Station in ‘Virtual Astronaut’ panel


A retired NASA astronaut will discuss how the International Space Station helps us model good teamwork on Earth, in an online panel discussion Friday (Oct. 30).

Expedition 51/52 astronaut Jack Fischer will participate in the panel discussion by The Virtual Astronaut series, which is bringing online talks by astronauts to the general public. The panel discussion will review the importance of 20 years of continuous human occupation on the International Space Station (ISS), and will be moderated by founder and contributor Robert Pearlman. You can buy tickets here.

Fischer, who is also a retired United States Air Force colonel, said that he found the ISS was helpful in bringing a greater value to cooperation even amid international disagreements. 

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While Fischer did not cite specific examples, one prominent recent incident was a 2014 comment by then Russian deputy

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New Education Data Underlines Challenges Facing High School Seniors

The 3.7 million high school seniors preparing to graduate next spring are facing not just a global pandemic but a reality check on their true preparedness for college and career.

Newly released 12th grade reading scores on the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are disappointingly lower than the last NAEP scores in 2015. And while math scores remained relatively steady over the four-year period, just 37 percent of 12th graders scored at a level that would indicate they are prepared for college-level reading and math courses.

NAEP is known as “The Nation’s Report Card” and widely considered one of the best measures of educational attainment for K-12 students.

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Survey shows faculty providing high-quality education, despite COVID challenges – UB Now: News and views for UB faculty and staff

It’s clearly been a formidable task for UB to transform from traditional in-person learning to a hybrid model during these times of COVID-19. But results of an early survey of UB students indicates that despite these challenges, UB students are continuing to receive a world-class education.

The survey, distributed by the Office of Academic Affairs to all UB undergraduate, graduate and professional students three weeks into the semester, found that the majority of UB students who completed the survey were very satisfied with their learning experiences. The results were positive for both undergraduate and graduate students, and across all modes of instruction, notes Graham Hammill, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School.

Results from the 5,336 students who completed the survey show:

  • 65.8% of respondents were very satisfied with their available study space.
  • 79.3% were very satisfied with their computer or other device.
  • 66.9% were very
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