University of Akron to close 6 of 11 schools

The Akron Beacon-Journal reports the president of the University of Akron is defending the cuts based on a predicted $70-million deficit.

That number takes into account both “real and anticipated” loss of revenues for next fiscal year, Miller said. It was not clear from Miller’s message if the numbers include previously assumed deficits for next fiscal year.

Miller also announced an initial plan to consolidate the university into five colleges.

Newly appointed Provost John Wiencek will announce further details within the next week, Miller said.

The university currently has 11 colleges, including the Graduate School, the School of Law and the Wayne College campus. It’s unclear if those three will be part of the five-college plan or in addition to it.

BREAKING: NY TIMES: Government fears major spike in coronavirus deaths in coming weeks

According to the New York Times,

As President Trump presses for states to reopen their economies, his administration is privately projecting a steady rise in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths over the next several weeks. The daily death toll will reach about 3,000 on June 1, according to an internal document obtained by The New York Times, nearly double the current number of about 1,750.

The slow death of the local British newspaper

St. George’s Hall, Liverpool, 13March2015, Photo: Anthony Moretti

As the New York Times reports, coronavirus is killing the British people and the country’s local newspaper industry.

It’s surreal. I’m the only one here,” said Mr. Purton,the editor of The Worcester News, a daily that serves a city of 100,000 in the Midlands region of England. “I’m sitting here now, looking at a bank of empty desks where reporters once sat.”