Monkeypox is spreading as college students return to campuses. Some universities are still preparing
PHILADELPHIA — For the past two years, college and university administrators have welcomed the start of the fall semester with a mix of excitement and trepidation about the coronavirus pandemic. This year, even as COVID-19 continues to spread, colleges are confronting another public health threat: Monkeypox, which so far has predominantly afflicted men who have sex with men but can spread through skin-to-skin contact to anyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s unclear whether the college social scene will hasten monekypox’s spread. Yet on several college campuses in Pe...
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Betsy DeVos compares Joe Biden touching her forehead to sexual harassment under Title IX
Former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday compared an encounter she had with President Joe Biden to sexual harassment under new definitions for colleges and universities proposed by his administration. DeVos said that the first time she met Biden in early 2019 she had recently broken her pelvis and was using a wheelchair. Biden put his hands on her shoulders and his forehead on her forehead "for several seconds," DeVos said during an appearance on Megyn Kelly's podcast, adding she had "nowhere to go to or escape." "If he had done that as a student on a college campus under his p...
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Heat’s Udonis Haslem still noncommittal on 20th season: ‘I go back and forth’
With a spot on the Miami Heat’s roster reserved for forward Udonis Haslem, he has yet to make a final decision on whether he will return for a 20th NBA season or retire. Haslem, who turned 42 on June 9, said Monday that he’s still thinking about his NBA future. The expectation has been that he will continue his playing career and sign a one-year deal at the NBA veteran minimum of $2.8 million to return to the Heat, but that’s not reality yet. “I don’t know. We’re thinking about it,” Haslem said Monday afternoon from Nova Southeastern University, where he teamed up with FTX to award two South F...
Pa.'s Drexel University to offer 50% tuition break to community college transfers, as higher ed struggles with enrollment drop
Drexel University, like many schools, has offered financial aid to students, including those who transfer in from community colleges, for many years. But too many students didn’t know how much — or how to get it. Now the private university has sweetened the pot by announcing a guarantee that those who meet admission requirements and have an associate’s degree from a Pennsylvania or New Jersey community college will get 50% off tuition, which currently stands at $56,595. “If a student is attending a community college and has aspirations to further their education at a four-year university, they...
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4 of the top 5 picks in this year’s MLB draft were Black — the result of minority development and other grassroots programs
CHICAGO — History was made in the first round of the 2022 Major League Baseball draft. For the first time in 30 years, nine Black players were drafted in the first round, including four of the top five selections. The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted high school outfielder Druw Jones with the second pick. Pitcher Kumar Rocker (Texas Rangers), shortstop Termarr Johnson (Pittsburgh Pirates) and outfielder Elijah Green (Washington Nationals) rounded out the top five. All four were participants in MLB Develops programs. “It’s a pipeline for sure,” Johnson told MLB.com on draft night. “It’s just amazin...
Vahe Gregorian: Even as Matt Nagy returns to Chicago, here’s why homecoming with Chiefs matters more
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Moments after the end of the Chiefs’ training camp practice on Monday at Missouri Western State University, senior assistant and quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy was headed off the field when fans started chanting his name (“Nagy, Nagy”) seeking to lure him over for autographs. Nagy was only too happy to comply. And why not? “It’s very welcoming …,” said Nagy, who had spent a decade with Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City before returning this spring after four seasons as head coach in Chicago. “I appreciate that, and it means a lot to me.” And perhaps it stood out all th...
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California’s Deaf community is leading push for affordable teacher housing
During the day, Mel Vezina supervises and mentors high school boys who live on campus at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont. At night, he sleeps in his van. One year ago, after working for more than a decade at the school, and living out of his van, Vezina saved enough money to buy a house in Sacramento with the help of a roommate. He lives there on weekends, but to avoid the fatigue of long commutes and soaring gas prices, he lives and sleeps in his van during the week. He is not alone. Many teachers at the school make long commutes, or double up with family or roommates because th...
The Mercury News
Sacramento teacher aligned with antifa received 3 years of pay to resign
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After facing a nationwide backlash, the Natomas Unified School District paid a teacher three years’ salary to resign after he was secretly recorded professing his allegiance to antifa and saying it was his goal to turn his students into “revolutionaries,” records show. In exchange for leaving his post at Inderkum High School and not fighting his prospective firing, officials in January agreed to pay Gabriel Gipe $190,000, according to settlement records the district provided in response to a California Public Records Act request from The Sacramento Bee. The payout was taxe...
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Commentary: School attendance should be a high priority. Youths’ well-being depends on it
When I was young, my friends and I did chores at home such as cutting grass, raking leaves and shoveling snow. It wasn’t a big deal because that was the expectation. My brother and I were fortunate enough to have parents who paid an allowance, but that didn’t mean we had a choice to not do what was required of us. Our parents wanted to teach us the value of a dollar and the payoff that comes from hard work. Nowadays, I often see parents doing yard work and other chores instead of their children. I often wonder: Why aren’t they making their children do it? How will their children learn to value...
What happened to Fort Worth teacher who let student use racial slurs in presentation?
FORT WORTH, Texas — A Fort Worth high school teacher heard on video telling students not to be offended by a racial slur in a classmate’s presentation earlier this year is no longer employed with the district, officials confirmed Tuesday. The teacher, identified in emails obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as Cindy Zepeda, told one of her students in a message shortly after the video was taken that the situation was “taken out of context.” Zepeda, who was an English teacher at Paschal High School, could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday. She didn’t answer calls or emails see...
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