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On Sept. 8, the University announced a new financial benefit package intended to assist employees with unprecedented child care costs over the next four months. The package is a temporary expansion of the Employee Child Care Assistance Program (ECCAP) and grants a one-time lump payment to faculty and staff members who meet certain requirements.
For the 10th consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report has ranked the University as the top university in the nation. The 2021 rankings — released Sunday night — list a total of 389 schools.
In an email to undergraduates on Sept. 13, Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Vice President Andres Larrieu, now a member of the Class of 2023, announced he was taking a leave of absence and had resigned from his position, effective immediately.
It started with an Ethiopian restaurant that had outdoor seating but limited space. My friends and I were wearing masks in the park, but we wanted to grab dinner, and I only realized it was a sit-down place when they beckoned us inside. We took off our masks when we ate, and then, gradually, when we talked as well. Then one of my friends wanted me to meet the cat she was fostering. Saying ‘no’ seemed cold, heartless even. I wasn’t living at home anymore, a few minutes inside couldn’t hurt anyone. My plans for flawless social distancing already shirked, any further missteps no longer seemed like a big deal.
On Monday, Sept. 14, Dillon Gymnasium, the primary fitness and recreation facility on campus, will re-open for student use for the first time since its mid-March closure. Access to the gym will be by reservation only and restricted to undergraduate and graduate students approved to reside on campus, according to a Campus Rec announcement.
Following the announcement early last week that the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) will spend $80,000 on a virtual Lawnparties to be held on Oct. 30, students took to social media to voice frustrations about how the University is spending money during an economic recession and global pandemic.
Late last month, Facebook announced that a number of external academics, including Andrew Guess, assistant professor of politics and public affairs at the University, will help the social media giant better understand its impact on the 2020 election.
Of the 4,107 COVID-19 tests University Health Services (UHS) administered in its second week of asymptomatic testing on campus, one graduate student tested positive. This result marks the first reported positive case for a student on campus since March 31.
I had sung away Monday morning with ABBA’s “Waterloo” on repeat, dancing as I mopped the floor and swept dirt off the porch. After spending over two weeks in even stricter isolation than usual, I was going to visit my grandparents, whom I hadn’t seen for months, and I was cleaning the house before leaving in the afternoon. Then came the email: my SARS-CoV-2 test, which I’d taken as a precaution before seeing my grandparents, and not at all because I was symptomatic, was positive.
Back in mid-March, when I arrived back in Australia, I hadn’t spent longer than two months at home for the last two years. When I left for America in the fall of 2018 to begin my freshman year at Princeton, I left my entire life behind with it — my friends from high school, the club team where I used to train, the part-time jobs I had tutoring local kids or lifeguarding at my school’s 25m indoor pool.
Come next September, Adji Bousso Dieng — an expert in artificial intelligence and machine learning — will join the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) as a tenure-track assistant professor, becoming the first Black female faculty member in the history of SEAS and the first Black faculty member ever in the Department of Computer Science (COS).
The University’s Undergraduate Student Government (USG) allocated $80,000 — 42 percent of USG’s fall budget — to the first-ever virtual Lawnparties.
Fall semester classes used to kick off on a Wednesday. A wake-up slap after the four-day fever dream known as Frosh Week.
To the extent we recall, every year of our lives was planned: we go to elementary school, middle school, high school, and then college. The earliest ones, discharged from such obligations, were forgotten. Thus, we essentially have no experience going through a whole year without projecting it first. And this lack of control is frightening.
On Wednesday, President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83 announced several new initiatives and potential plans aimed at diversifying University faculty and leadership and addressing systemic racism within and beyond the University.