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This last week has been nothing short of embarrassing for the UNC administration. The University’s reopening plan has been plastered as an example for other institutions planning on returning students to campus this month, and has received intense scrutiny from journalists, public health leaders and government officials across the nation. Here’s a look at just a few of the things that went wrong — and some of the changes that need to be made if there’s any hope of students returning to campus next semester:
The quickly-approaching future for college football this season is grim. Programs nationwide are debating how and whether to move forward, and on Tuesday, the Big Ten and Pac-12 officially postponed their seasons. Given the current state of the virus, hosting stadium games — which would result in players and staff traveling across states and fans congregating to watch their teams — seems like an obvious no-go.
In theory, starting the semester early to keep students from leaving campus for extended breaks may have been a good idea. However, the fact that decision-making regarding COVID-19 protocols has been rushed in the last several weeks to prepare for reopening is extremely detrimental to the well-being of students, staff and faculty at UNC.
Two deadly viruses are killing Americans: COVID-19 and racism. And when combined, they culminate in even more dangerous health outcomes for Black communities across America.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, UNC announced last month it would offer emergency grading accommodations to its undergraduate students. These accommodations allow students to pass-fail courses and still count those credits towards major and minor continuation and graduation requirements. In addition, the University has also designated a 'CV' grade — similar to an incomplete grade — allowing students in difficult situations additional time to complete coursework.
Science has always played a role in politics. It drives decision-making around climate change, health care funding and, as of late, how to handle a pandemic. The current administration has repeatedly argued that "nobody" could have predicted the virus, claiming COVID-19 was basically unprecedented — but it simply isn’t true.
The coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, has dramatically transformed the lives of people around the globe. It has decimated economies, overwhelmed health care systems and affected families in unimaginable ways. However, in spite of the havoc that it has caused, COVID-19 has furthered our understanding of pandemic control beyond anything that we've known before. Most importantly, it has proven the resilience of the scientific and healthcare communities.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. If the coronavirus has proven anything, it has been exactly that. The virus, known as COVID-19, has revealed flaws in almost every bureaucratic system in the United States: in legislative and governmental decisions, in healthcare proceedings and in how public health officials have handled the pandemic.
Have you ever had a professor who was clearly intelligent, but completely clueless when it came to teaching? And even if you turned in the worst course evaluation, they would be protected by tenure? The current academic system allows for scientists and professors to remain as inadequate lecturers and instructors at prestigious universities, as long as they continue to produce high-quality research for the institution.
When someone mentions sports in North Carolina, many people immediately think of the Carolina Panthers, or the infamous UNC and Duke basketball rivalry.
The internet is infamous for its ability to spread information quickly and effectively across a wide range of populations. However, this exact ability allows for false information to proliferate in the news, journalism and different communities just as quickly.
Last week, the editorial board made the blanket statement that the chance of one of us catching coronavirus was close to zero. By the grace of Murphy’s law, news of a suspected case in Raleigh was released later that day. So ... that’ll be the last time I make a statement like that again.
The year 2019 was one of the most groundbreaking years of science yet: from imaging the first black hole to Google achieving quantum supremacy to the advancement of personalized genomics into a commercialized, at-home testing kit. If 2019 was any indication of the way science is advancing, it’s likely difficult to predict anything for the upcoming year.
Rajee Ganesan offers her viewpoint on whether to expand the college football playoffs. For Ryan Smoot's dissenting opinion, click here.
There are plenty of conspiracy theories that can become believable if you stay on the internet long enough, but vaccinations causing autism isn’t one of them.