Purdue University Northwest campuses given StormReady designation | Latest Headlines

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Purdue University Northwest nursing students walk together after collecting new PNW backpacks and face masks at the “Pride Pickup” on Aug. 27 at the Hammond campus.

Purdue University Northwest recently received designation as a StormReady university.

The certification applies to both PNW’s Hammond and Westville campuses, as well as the university’s Gabis Arboretum.

The National Weather Service and the Northern Indiana and Chicago StormReady Advisory Boards awards the recognition given to government organizations, schools and cities that demonstrate a proactive approach to preparing for severe weather events, according to a PNW news release.

The university has been recognized as a StormReady university for more than eight year with certifications given every three years, according to the release.

PNW to finish fall semester remotely after Thanksgiving break

“We are proud to have earned this designation,” PNW Public Safety Director Brian Miller said in the release. “We have

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The Latest: Young S. Koreans taking crucial university exam

SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 35 COVID-19 patients, are taking the country’s highly competitive university entrance exam despite a viral resurgence that has forced authorities to toughen social distancing rules.

The Education Ministry says about 493,430 students began taking the one-day test at about 1,380 test sites across South Korea on Thursday. It says the test sites include hospitals and other medical facilities where the 35 virus patients and hundreds of others placed under self-quarantine will take the exam.

The annual test is a crucial step for many students’ lives in the education-obsessed country. The university from which a South Korean graduates significantly affects job prospects, social standings and even marriage partners.

This year’s test was originally scheduled for November but was delayed due to the virus outbreak.



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Alabama remains atop latest College Football Playoff rankings

Dec. 1 (UPI) — The Alabama Crimson Tide again topped the College Football Playoff rankings as the top seven teams remained unchanged Tuesday night.

Alabama sat atop the CFP rankings for the 20th time — the most since the format was introduced for the 2014 season — after a dominant win over Auburn on Saturday. Notre Dame (No. 2), Clemson (No. 3) and Ohio State (No. 4) also occupied the same spots as last week.

Ohio State remained at No. 4 despite the cancellation of the Buckeyes’ game against Illinois on Saturday. The matchup was called off due to an increase in COVID-19 cases within the Buckeyes’ program, which included head coach Ryan Day testing positive.

Despite only playing four games this season, Ohio State was ranked ahead of one-loss Texas A&M (No. 5) and one-loss Florida (No. 6).

Selection committee chairman Gary Barta said the group discussed whether to

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Notre Dame Remains No. 2 In Latest College Football Playoff Rankings

Notre Dame remained No. 2 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings in the second release from the committee.

Notre Dame is coming off a 31-17 road victory over North Carolina, who ranked 19th in last week’s ranking. The Tar Heels actually moved up two spots to 17th after its loss to Notre Dame. That certainly helps Notre Dame’s resume should the Tar Heels continue to win.

Notre Dame has clinched a spot in the ACC Championship game, and if No. 3 Clemson beats Virginia Tech this weekend the Tigers will clinch their rematch against the Irish.

Here is the full Top 25:

25. Louisiana Rajin Cajuns (8-1)
24. Tulsa Golden Hurricanes (5-1)
23. Oregon Ducks (3-1)
22. Washington Huskies (3-0)
21. Marshall Thundering Herd (7-0)
20. USC Trojans (3-0)
19. Iowa Hawkeyes (4-2)
18. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (9-0)
17. North Carolina Tar Heels (6-3)
16. Wisconsin Badgers (2-1)

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Florida remains at No. 6 in latest College Football Playoff rankings

Florida remained at No. 6 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings revealed Tuesday evening.

The top seven teams in the rankings stood pat this week with Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State among the top four spots.

The Gators (7-1) find themselves in an all-too-familiar spot behind Texas A&M as the Aggies continue their hold on the fifth spot.

Playoff chairman Gary Barta said Texas A&M remained ahead of Florida, in part, due to their head-to-head meeting. The Aggies upset the Gators, 41-38 on Oct. 10.

“When you go through all those criteria, at the end of the day I would say there was a lot of back and forth,” Barta said. “… At the end of the day, Texas A&M, with all those other criteria, Texas A&M did beat Florida. That ends up tipping it over to Texas A&M’s side.”

A&M drew some consideration among the playoff

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Ohio State Holds at No. 4 in Latest College Football Playoff Rankings

After a second weekend without football, the Ohio State Buckeyes hold steady at No. 4 in the second release of the College Football Playoff rankings.

In fact, the top seven didn’t change this week at all. Here are the top 10 teams in the country this week:

No. 1 – Alabama
No. 2 – Notre Dame
No. 3 – Clemson
No. 4 – Ohio State
No. 5 – Texas A&M
No. 6 – Florida
No. 7 – Cincinnati
No. 8 – Georgia
No. 9 – Iowa State
No. 10 – Miami (FL)

Among this group, the Iowa State Cyclones took the biggest jump after a nice comeback win over Texas last weekend.

As for the question of how many games a team has to play in order to make the playoff, committee chairman Gary Barta said, “a lot of discussion about how many games a team plays. It’s definitely a

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No. 5 Texas A&M still outside top four in latest rankings, but creating real buzz for potential jump

While Texas A&M remained No. 5 in the second College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday, the Aggies are creating plenty of discussion in Grapevine.

Selection committee chairman Gary Barta, the athletic director at Iowa, said on ESPN’s playoff reveal and later in a conference call with reporters that the committee debated No. 4 Ohio State (4-0) and the Aggies (6-1) at length.

“It was talked about a lot and specifically talked about in the room whether or not Ohio State goes to four or if Texas A&M flips and goes to four and Ohio State goes five,” Barta said. “A lot of discussion about that. At the end of the day, the offensive firepower of Ohio State, all the weapons they have, the win over Indiana.”

Making the comparison more difficult is the fact than Ohio State has only played four games because of COVID-19 restrictions to seven for A&M. Ohio

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College basketball schedule 2020-21: Vanderbilt latest to postpone or cancel games due to COVID-19

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The college basketball season got underway Wednesday, but it’s already faced a few snags. Some teams have already been forced to postpone, cancel or reschedule matchups because of COVID-19 outbreaks, and some multi-team events are taking hits as well. 

Oklahoma announced Wednesday it is pausing activities due to COVID-19 tests and contact tracing and postponed the Sooners’ opener that night vs. UTSA and their game Saturday at UCF.

The most notable team directly affected this week is Duke, which was expected to open its season Wednesday against Gardner-Webb. Gardner-Webb, though, had a positive COVID-19 test within its program, and Duke has opted to postpone the game. The Blue Devils will open their season on Saturday against Coppin State instead.

Elsewhere, preseason No. 2 Baylor is dealing with the virus at the top of its program. Bears coach Scott Drew announced over the weekend that he

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College Football Rankings 2020: Latest Polls, Predictions for Week 14 Standings | Bleacher Report

Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond (11) is chased out of the pocket by LSU defensive lineman Ali Gaye (11) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

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College football is a week closer to bowl season and the College Football Playoff, and there is still no movement among the top eight teams in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls.

Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson all won handily, but Ohio State’s situation became more precarious with the cancellation of its game against Illinois.

If the Buckeyes—who have now had two games canceled due to COVID-related issues—miss another game, they will be ineligible for the Big Ten Championship Game and would potentially be excluded from the CFP. 

Because of the league’s late start, it did not include bye weeks for makeup games, so Ohio State will need to complete—and win—both of its matchups against Michigan and Michigan State to qualify for the championship game. 


USA Today Amway Coaches Poll

1. Alabama (59 first-place votes)
2. Notre Dame (2)
3. Clemson 
4. Ohio State (1)

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Coaches Poll top 25: Clemson jumps Ohio State for No. 3 in latest college football rankings


There wasn’t too much shake up within the top 10 of the Coaches Poll top 25 after Week 13, but there was a change in the top four as Clemson moved one spot ahead of Ohio State to No. 3. The change comes less than a week after the College Football Playoff Selection Committee made the same ranking with the Tigers ahead of the Buckeyes. Clemson showed out in a dominant win against Pitt this week while Ohio State had its game canceled because of COVID-19 issues

This week’s movement is mostly notable for the teams that fell after suffering their first loss of the season. Oregon was at No. 11 in last week’s rankings and now checks in at No. 20 after a tough, fog-filled rivalry game loss to Oregon State and Northwestern fell from No. 13 to No. 17 after a loss at Michigan State. Both teams

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