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Michigan State University holding virtual ceremonies for fall 2020 graduates

EAST LANSING, MI — All commencement ceremonies at Michigan State University for fall 2020 graduates will be held virtually, the university announced Thursday.

More than 2,600 graduates will be recognized Dec. 18 and 19 at commencement ceremonies that will be streamed on the MSU commencement website, according to a university release. The names of graduates will be scrolled on the screens at the end of the ceremonies, the release said.

“I am incredibly proud of these students for not only completing their degrees but doing so under such difficult circumstances,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “It is fitting to have three highly accomplished alumni serving as our keynote speakers. They remind us of the impact we can have on the world as Spartans.”

Scheduling for spring 2021 commencement is currently being developed, according to the commencement website. Details will be posted in late January, according to the website.

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COVID-19, strikes and a stay-at-home order: A look back at the University of Michigan’s fall semester

ANN ARBOR, MI — A lot has happened in Michigan in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but even “The Twilight Zone” couldn’t have scripted the events at the University of Michigan in the last six months.

It started in June, when UM announced that students would be on campus for in-person classes this fall. The university offered a blend of in-person, hybrid and remote classes with an emphasis on public health measures like face coverings and social distancing.

As the Aug. 31 start date drew closer and students returned to campus, though, community members and the Ann Arbor City Council questioned whether the university’s efforts would be enough to curb the spread of the virus.

As they arrived on campus, some freshmen said they were excited for their first fall semester and hoped the pandemic wouldn’t force them to go home early. Just a few days later, on the

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College football this fall is a cruel joke and a staggering failure on the part of America’s universities

When the news broke Monday morning that the University of Michigan football team planned to pause all of its “in-person activity” due to “presumptive” positive tests for coronavirus, the joke went around Twitter that denying Ohio State a sixth game was the best way for the Wolverines to deny the Buckeyes their shot at the national championship. Far better likelihood of success for Michigan to surrender to the virus than actually, you know, playing its mortal enemy.



a group of baseball players playing a football game: Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh high-fives defensive players as they forced Penn State into a fourth down during the first half on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


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Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh high-fives defensive players as they forced Penn State into a fourth down during the first half on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Funny. Except we’re talking here about young student-athletes and a virus with potential long-term effects about which we know very little.

There is the way America is dealing with COVID-19: masks, lockdowns, limited attendance at

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Celtics Lifer? Tacko Fall Would Welcome Spending NBA Career With Boston

It didn’t take long for Boston to fall in love with Tacko Fall.

And the feeling is mutual.

The Celtics signed Fall to a two-way contract, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Monday, citing sources. It’s unclear how much playing time Fall will receive in Boston during the 2020-21 NBA season, but the 7-foot-5 center clearly grew fond of the city and its fans throughout his rookie campaign.

“I know Boston has been really excited about me, they really worked on my game. They have helped me develop a lot this year. And I know they are very excited,” Fall told MassLive.com after a recent charity event. “I’m looking forward to the future. Boston is a great city. I love it here. I tell a lot of people, if I could retire here, I probably would. I could probably work. So I’m really excited about the future.”

Fall spent much of

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There is little normalcy to be found this fall, but college basketball is still college basketball

Everything was different. And everything was the same.

The college basketball season began Wednesday, with games being played all over the country while everyone involved with the sport hoped for the best.

Even with a two-week delay, several games scheduled for this week have been canceled or postponed because of coronavirus cases. But in Annapolis, they played basketball in a mostly empty Alumni Hall. Navy beat George Washington, 78-71, and, as is so often the case, the team that played better defense won the game.

A handful of midshipmen showed up, and so did six members of the Navy band. Beyond that, it was the two teams, TV personnel and a handful of other media members. In all, there might have been about 200 people in a building that can seat 5,200.

“I’m just glad we’re playing,” Navy Coach Ed DeChellis said.

He spoke for everyone. Even in the eerily

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Saint Louis University Successfully Completes Fall Semester Classes

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — When Saint Louis University’s fall semester classes end on Tuesday, Nov. 24, the University will have successfully completed its on-campus semester as planned and without changes in its hybrid instruction model or on-campus living.

The University decided last summer to begin classes a week early, on Aug. 17, and end classes Thanksgiving week, with final exams taking place online the week of Nov. 30.

“Our decision to end classes by Thanksgiving was driven by concerns about a second wave of COVID-19 in the late fall, which has occurred,” said President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D. “But most important in SLU’s successful fall semester has been the willingness of our students, faculty and staff to make essential adjustments, follow campus safeguards and care for each other.”

Those safeguards included a strict policy for face masks, requirements for social distancing

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College Football Picks: Indiana’s big chance; FSU’s big fall

This Saturday, Indiana will play at Ohio State and Clemson will visit Florida State.

One of these games is a matchup of ranked teams that will go a long way toward deciding a division title. The other carries a 35-point spread.

As three-time national champion Florida State limps toward its worst season in 45 years, No. 9 Indiana will try to pull off the biggest upset of the season against No. 3 Ohio State.

The Hoosiers are in the midst of what could be their best season since 1967, the last time they went to the Rose Bowl. That 1968 New Year’s Day game against No. 1 USC was also the only time Indiana football has ever played in a game matching two top-10 teams.

Meanwhile, Florida State’s fall has turned what for years was the Atlantic Coast Conference’s biggest game into mismatch.

For six straight seasons (2011-16), Clemson and

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College Football Picks: Indiana’s big chance; FSU’s big fall

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Indiana running back Stevie Scott III rushes during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Michigan State, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich.

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This Saturday, Indiana will play at Ohio State and Clemson will visit Florida State.

One of these games is a matchup of ranked teams that will go a long way toward deciding a division title. The other carries a 35-point spread.

As three-time national champion Florida State limps toward its worst season in 45 years, No. 9 Indiana will try to pull off the biggest upset of the season against No. 3 Ohio State.

The Hoosiers are in the midst of what could be their best season since 1967, the last time they went to the Rose Bowl. That 1968 New Year’s Day game against No. 1 USC was also the only time Indiana football has ever played in

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Indiana’s big chance; FSU’s big fall

This Saturday, Indiana will play at Ohio State and Clemson will visit Florida State.



Indiana running back Stevie Scott III rushes during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Michigan State, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


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Indiana running back Stevie Scott III rushes during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Michigan State, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

One of these games is a matchup of ranked teams that will go a long way toward deciding a division title. The other carries a 35-point spread.

As three-time national champion Florida State limps toward its worst season in 45 years, No. 9 Indiana will try to pull off the biggest upset of the season against No. 3 Ohio State.

The Hoosiers are in the midst of what could be their best season since 1967, the last time they went to the Rose Bowl. That 1968 New Year’s Day game against No. 1 USC was also the only time Indiana

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University of Michigan students can choose grading options for fall, winter semesters

ANN ARBOR, MI — Undergraduate students on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus can choose to keep traditional letter grades or use “pass” and “No Record COVID” assessments for the fall and winter semesters, the university announced Friday.

All undergraduate students will have the option to change any or all of their letter grades of A-C to “Pass,” according to a university release. Grades of D or below can be entered as NRC for “No Record COVID,” but students have the option to request it be converted to a letter grade, the release states.

In August, UM announced that students would simply receive NRC for grades D-F and traditional grading would be maintained for grades A-C. NRC does not give the student credit for the course but does not affect their GPA. The revision now gives students the option of choosing traditional grading or Pass/NRC grading.

UM Provost Susan

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