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Rocker Bryan Adams whines over losing a few gigs because of “ bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards”

His Instagram post is not for the faint of heart. An excerpt:

Tonight was supposed to be the beginning of a tenancy of gigs at the @royalalberthall, but thanks to some fucking bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards, the whole world is now on hold. My message to them other than “thanks a fucking lot” is go vegan.

More bad news for Western Michigan University: “We anticipate that we’ll lay off a substantial number of our fellow employees”

Almost 250 people lost their jobs during a recent round of layoffs at Western Michigan University. Today, the university’s president said more financial and job cuts are on the way.

As MLive.com reports,

In response to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Michigan University is preparing to cut 20% of general fund spending in each of its division to make up millions of dollars in in expected shortfalls.

The college will look different after the changes, President Edward Montgomery said during a video “town hall” meeting Monday, May 11.

Northwestern furloughs staff, cuts top administrators’ pay

Photo: Anthony Moretti 16April2016

It’s a familiar cocktail at institutions big and small because of the economic fallout from coronavirus: furloughs and salary cuts. Northwestern University is the latest to serve it.

According to the Chicago Tribune,

As part of its plan, NU is also cutting leadership pay between 10 and 20%. In addition to dipping deeper into its endowment, NU will suspend 5% automatic contributions and 5% matched contributions to retirement plans for faculty and staff and furlough staff who can’t complete their work remotely.

Why not start the fall quarter or semester early?

As one college and university after another announces “plans” to return to face-to-face instruction in the fall, we must remember no plan will matter if the county (or state) home to that institution can’t conduct business as usual because of coronavirus.

There’s reason for the we-will-be-open optimism because there’s some evidence — albeit not conclusive — that the summer heat might tamp down the spread of coronavirus. Let’s hope that happens because evidence also points to another wave of coronavirus hitting us in the fall.

Keep all of that in mind as you read this post, the premise of which is beginning the fall quarter or semester EARLIER THAN NORMAL might be the right decision.

What if America’s colleges and universities begin the fall term earlier in August and finish it before Thanksgiving? The University of San Diego’s president has announced his school will do that, the idea being to get the term over before the colder weather sets in.

Granted, colder weather for San Diego and colder weather for, say, Pittsburgh, isn’t comparable. However, completing the fall term before Thanksgiving takes advantage of as many warm(er) days as possible. And that might mean less disruption for everyone.

On top of that, we know deep cleaning will be part of any effort to keep a college or university open in the fall (an effort that will be expensive). Those regular deep cleans over the 10-15 weeks of the term will continue once it ends. But more such cleans could happen between the end of the November and roughly middle January than if the term ended in middle December. Those extra cleans might, and I emphasize might, be valuable when (if?) students return in January.

The optimist in me wants to believe that all colleges and universities will enjoy a “normal” fall semester. The realist in me firmly believes that won’t happen; as much as I want to be wrong, I don’t think coronavirus will be behind us, and stay so, for the fall months. But if the semester were over by the end of November, maybe, just maybe, we increase our chances for normal.