Category Archives: health issues

Six more days

Six more days until

-this “American carnage” ends

-“I am always thinking” can contemplate golf, or prison, or his taxes, or his favorite daughter

-“Everyone’s leaving” the most corrupt administration in America history

-A president will take the pandemic seriously and not merely tell people to wear a mask “if it makes you feel comfortable”

-A “hunch” will not override science

-No one has to contemplate what the hell “a ship ventilation system is very much — they circularize. And they are very much under review, to be honest with you” means.

-The three-times married, twice-impeached, one-term blowhard exits the political stage

And one can hope that even with a Senate trial likely to end in acquittal that Americans learn how eager this tyrant was to lead a coup so he could remain in power.

(Here’s the link to the some of the quotes, and here’s the link to the others. *The carnage comment comes from his inauguration address, which isn’t included in these two links.)

UF students asked to snitch on faculty who aren’t teaching F2F

An excerpt from today’s Chronicle of Higher Education blog:

Students at the University of Florida are being encouraged to use a campus-crime app to report on faculty members who are supposed to be teaching face to face but aren’t. The move has sparked outrage among instructors who say it has created a hostile environment at a time when they’re working harder than ever to teach classes that can be attended both in person and online.

On Monday, the first day of the spring semester, D’Andra Mull, vice president for student affairs, sent a welcome email to students reminding them about Covid-19 safety protocols and testing requirements. It directed them to use the GatorSafe app to report on “inconsistencies with course delivery for your face-to-face or online courses, such as not being provided the opportunity to meet in person for your face-to-face class.” The email assured them that “staff will review every concern and follow up as appropriate.”

Faculty members, many of whom have been denied accommodations to teach online even as Covid-19 cases rage in the region, reacted angrily to the message.

Must be one hell of a great place to work.

Stanford calls off plans to bring students back to campus

This excerpt is from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s coronavirus blog:

Stanford University has spiked plans to bring freshmen and sophomores back to campus for the winter quarter, a day after announcing that 43 students had tested positive for Covid-19 in the past week, The Stanford Daily reported. That number was nearly four times the previous week’s case number.

In December the university had affirmed plans to bring students back, and last week some had begun moving in. But citing the strain on area hospitals caused by a ten-fold increase in county cases since the week before Thanksgiving, university officials said only resident assistants and students with special circumstances could stay. 

The announcement expressed hope that juniors and seniors could return as planned for the spring semester. But officials cautioned that those plans “as always, are subject to the conditions of the pandemic.”