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University of Idaho student’s journal from 1918 flu pandemic ‘frighteningly relevant today’

U of I student Esther Thomas was a very social lady, according to her diary. That is, until the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic shut down the Moscow campus.

MOSCOW, Idaho — While researching for an article for Blot Magazine, University of Idaho journalism student Riley Haun found a diary belonging to a young college student in 1918.

Esther Thomas was a home economics student at the University of Idaho in 1918.  According to her diary, she was a very social lady, until the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic shut down the campus.

“She writes, ‘Still nothing doing. I am almost desperate. Make some sheets.’ And then the next day, the 23rd, ‘Make some more sheets. Desperation increases. What will become of me?'” Haun read of her journal entry dated Oct. 22, 1918. 

“There’s really only one line per day that she wrote, but she packed so much feeling and snarkiness, honestly,

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YouTuber Maya Maxwell of Tic Tac Toy Turns 8 Today and She’s Already Got a Second Career

One of your favorite, child YouTubers is celebrating their birthday today, and continuing to grow their wild online presence at the same time. Maya Maxwell, one of the children from Tic Tac Toy, turns eight on December 2 and her YouTube success isn’t slowing down.

Though she’s only eight, Maxwell is one of the stars of Tic Tac Toy, a family-led YouTube channel designed for children and families. They specialize in toy reviews and silly videos that advertise trending kid’s items from the Mini Brand capsules you see all over TikTok to the classic American Girl Dolls.

Since the Maxwell family—parents Lucy and Jason and kids Maya, Addy and Colin—started their channel in 2015 they’ve gained 4.13 million subscribers and over 2.2 billion views. It’s a wild feat for any channel, especially one geared toward such wholesome content.

Addy and Maya
Addy Maxwell (L) and Maya Maxwell (R) appear in YouTube video “WOW!
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University provides update on the Inclusive Excellence Initiative | UTSA Today | UTSA

UTSA’s Mission

The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property – for Texas, the nation and the world.

UTSA’s Vision

To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA’s Core Values

We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.

UTSA’S Destinations

UTSA is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as designated by the U.S. Department of Education.

Our Commitment to Inclusivity

The University of Texas at San Antonio, a Hispanic Serving Institution situated in

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University offers tips for year-end planning and Giving Tuesday | UTSA Today | UTSA

University offers tips for year-end planning and Giving Tuesday

Students sign a giant thank you card for Thanks Day in 2019.

DECEMBER 1, 2020 — Many UTSA faculty, staff, alumni and friends will make their final 2020 gifts to university programs, the UTSA Alumni Association and UTSA Athletics during the last few weeks of the year, including today: Giving Tuesday.

“Nationally, giving is traditionally highest during the months of November and December,” said Karl Miller-Lugo, vice president for development and alumni relations. “For some people it’s the deadline for tax purposes, but for most, they just feel a sense of being charitable during the holidays. We are certainly grateful for the support, especially this year, as we plan for a successful 2021.”


“We are certainly grateful for the support, especially this year, as we plan for a successful 2021.”



Here are some tips to ensure that your UTSA gift is eligible for a 2020 tax receipt: 

  • By credit card:
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Tomorrow’s Top 25 Today: Iowa State jumps Oklahoma, moves into top 10 of college football rankings

The new college football rankings aren’t going to have too much shake up near the top after No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Notre Dame both flexed their strength against ranked teams on Thanksgiving weekend, but we could have a new arrival to the top 10 after Iowa State’s win against Texas on Friday. 

Matt Campbell has done something historic with Iowa State, knocking off both Oklahoma and Texas in the same season and leading the Cyclones to their first win in Austin since 2010. AP Top 25 voters are going to be coming out of the weekend with Friday’s win and Iowa State’s Big 12 championship chances on the mind, so a slight boost is in the cards. 

The door has opened for an arrival in the top 10 with Northwestern’s loss at Michigan State and Oregon’s loss at Oregon State. The Cyclones are sure to jump back ahead

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College football scores, NCAA top 25 rankings, schedule, games today: Texas A&M vs. LSU, Georgia in action

After two straight weeks off, Clemson is returning to the field Saturday with something to prove. The Tigers sit at No. 3 in the College Football Playoff Rankings and can ill-afford a lackluster performance against Pittsburgh with No. 5 Texas A&M and No. 6 Florida also in action Saturday as the race for CFP positioning heats up.

The 7-1 Tigers might have their hands full with a Panthers team that improved to 5-4 with a 47-14 thrashing of Virginia Tech last week. If Clemson slips up, the Aggies or Gators could be ready to slide into the playoff picture. Texas A&M is seeking revenge for last year’s 50-7 loss to LSU, while No. 6 Florida will be looking to to keep its offense rolling against a Kentucky team that gave up 63 points to Alabama last week. Meanwhile, No. 7 Cincinnati should have no trouble against Temple but will be

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College football scores, NCAA top 25 rankings, schedule, games today: Clemson, Northwestern in action

After two straight weeks off, Clemson is returning to the field Saturday with something to prove. The Tigers sit at No. 3 in the College Football Playoff Rankings and can ill-afford a lackluster performance against Pittsburgh with No. 5 Texas A&M and No. 6 Florida also in action Saturday as the race for CFP positioning heats up.

The 7-1 Tigers might have their hands full with a Panthers team that improved to 5-4 with a 47-14 thrashing of Virginia Tech last week. If Clemson slips up, the Aggies or Gators could be ready to slide into the playoff picture. Texas A&M is seeking revenge for last year’s 50-7 loss to LSU, while No. 6 Florida will be looking to to keep its offense rolling against a Kentucky team that gave up 63 points to Alabama last week. Meanwhile, No. 7 Cincinnati should have no trouble against Temple but will be

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College football scores, NCAA top 25 rankings, schedule, games today: Florida, Oklahoma State in early action

After two straight weeks off, Clemson is returning to the field Saturday with something to prove. The Tigers sit at No. 3 in the College Football Playoff Rankings and can ill-afford a lackluster performance against Pittsburgh with No. 5 Texas A&M and No. 6 Florida also in action Saturday as the race for CFP positioning heats up.

The 7-1 Tigers might have their hands full with a Panthers team that improved to 5-4 with a 47-14 thrashing of Virginia Tech last week. If Clemson slips up, the Aggies or Gators could be ready to slide into the playoff picture. Texas A&M is seeking revenge for last year’s 50-7 loss to LSU, while No. 6 Florida will be looking to to keep its offense rolling against a Kentucky team that gave up 63 points to Alabama last week. Meanwhile, No. 7 Cincinnati should have no trouble against Temple but will be

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College football scores, NCAA top 25 rankings, schedule, games today: Oregon vs. Oregon State rivalry

The disruptions to the 2020 college football schedule have been vast, but the arrival of Thanksgiving weekend brings some welcome consistency. Per usual, there will be a handful of quality games on Friday in addition to the usual Saturday slate this week as we munch on leftovers. Headlining the Friday action is an ACC showdown between No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 19 North Carolina, but there will also be critical games in the Big 12 and Pac-12 as well.

Positioning in the race for a spot in the Big 12 title game is at stake in a game between No. 13 Iowa State and No. 17 Texas. Meanwhile, out West, No. 15 Oregon will look to show College Football Playoff voters that the Ducks were underestimated in Tuesday’s first batch of CFP Rankings as they face off against rival Oregon State. Elsewhere, No. 24 Iowa will take on Nebraska

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College football scores, NCAA top 25 rankings, schedule, games today: Stanford-Cal, UCF-South Florida matchups

The disruptions to the 2020 college football schedule have been vast, but the arrival of Thanksgiving weekend brings some welcome consistency. Per usual, there will be a handful of quality games on Friday in addition to the usual Saturday slate this week as we munch on leftovers. Headlining the Friday action is an ACC showdown between No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 19 North Carolina, but there will also be critical games in the Big 12 and Pac-12 as well.

Positioning in the race for a spot in the Big 12 title game is at stake in a game between No. 13 Iowa State and No. 17 Texas. Meanwhile, out West, No. 15 Oregon will look to show College Football Playoff voters that the Ducks were underestimated in Tuesday’s first batch of CFP Rankings as they face off against rival Oregon State. Elsewhere, No. 24 Iowa will take on Nebraska

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