Anxiety, fear and stress are a common sentiment as the world navigates the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. From world leaders to businesses and industries to schools and to households, preventing exposure and stopping the spread of the coronavirus is in the forefront of people's minds.
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors authorized Chancellor Daniel Greenstein to “review the financial impacts of integrating operations at selected System universities.”
Shippensburg University’s spring class of 2020 will get to celebrate its graduation in a modified in-person ceremony to make up for the cancelation of the traditional May ceremony because of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Classes will begin Aug. 17, one week prior to the pre-pandemic schedule listed on ship.edu, and conclude on campus at Thanksgiving break. Finals will remotely occur after Thanksgiving break, according to officials.
There will be no fall break in October, students will instead have to wait until Nov. 23 and 24.
Picture the Dunkin’ Donuts line in the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) between 8-10 a.m. on weekdays. Now picture that same line with the same number of people, but this time they are spaced 6 feet apart for social distancing. The line would weave throughout the entire building.
Although Shippensburg University has made many strides toward achieving transparency that should not be discounted, I feel there are several issues the administration has not yet addressed that need to be resolved as it moves forward into a new post-pandemic academic year.
Finances are often a struggle for new college graduates, but with the economy in a freefall and concern about job prospects mounting, this year’s graduates may be facing even tougher financial headwinds.
Members of the class of 2020 are graduating into the “real world” during a global pandemic and an economy in a virtual freefall, that is seeing unemployment numbers not seen since the Great Depression. Those once far away responsibilities of “adulting” — finding a job, leasing a car or even buying a house — are closer than ever.
Where does a college graduate start after receiving that diploma?
Last month, millions of American poured into grocery stores across the nation buying just about anything they could find. Shelves remained empty for weeks, leaving those who did not have the ability — physically or financially — to buy food and other necessary supplies.
It has been a month since the first cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus cropped up in the state of Pennsylvania.
When I originally wrote this column Sunday evening, I stated "Since March 7, 11,510 citizens tested positive for the virus, while 152 have died." Now, Tuesday afternoon, I have to change those numbers because 14,559 Pennsylvanians have tested positive and 240 have died.