The Huntington News

Remote co-ops limit communication, job experience for students

Annie Malone's work-at-home desk setup.

Alexis Santoro, news correspondent

October 21, 2020

With most co-ops being completely remote in the midst of COVID-19, students are having to find new ways to get the most out of their job, without having the opportunity to physically be there. 

Remote learners face financial burdens after aid reductions

“For a lot of us first-gen, low-income students, we kind of have to handle this ourselves without our parents because they don't have the experience,” said second year computer science major Kelly Ma.

Ali Dusinberre, news staff

October 14, 2020

When second-year computer science major Kelly Ma decided to move back home with her parents in New York this semester and take classes remotely, she did so with the intention of saving money. But an email from her financial aid advisor at the end of August shifted her expectations.

ResMail delays create frustration, inconvenience for students

Students have reported lengthy lines at Resmail in addition to major delays in receiving their packages and letters.

Marta Hill, news staff

October 12, 2020

For the first month of living on campus, fourth-year bioengineering major Henry Weith was unable to perform part of his job because he had not received his renewed driver's license — or any other mail. 

Faculty members describe confusion, pressure to return to campus

“I know that the chances of students dying are low, but is that what it’s going to take?” said Abbie Levesque, a doctoral candidate in English and instructor of first-year writing.

Matt Yan, news staff

October 12, 2020

“Later, when I saw the school touting, ‘Oh, look at how many professors chose to come back,’ it was a bit of a slap in the face because I know a lot of [professors] didn’t feel like they had a choice,” said an anonymous teaching faculty member in the College of Science, who requested anonymity in fear of professional retaliation.

COVID-19 has created new challenges, labor issues for faculty, graduate students

COVID-19 has created new challenges, labor issues for faculty, graduate students

Jayden Khatib, news staff

October 9, 2020

The Graduate Employees of Northeastern union is calling the university to grant PhD students a “one-year extension on degree timelines and funded graduate assistantships, including NUSHP health insurance and tuition remission,” via a petition written by five PhD students and one English professor.

NEU Gigs “golden snitch” posts spark debate around public shaming

A few of the

Luiza Loyo, news correspondent

October 7, 2020

The popular Instagram account among students, @NEU_gigs, generated much controversy by creating a “golden snitch” section on its page where people can send in complaints about others violating COVID-19 safety guidelines. 

New mutual aid group offers resources, information for students during COVID-19

Northeastern Mutual Aid's mobile food drive setup on Columbus Ave.

Adessa Jayne, news correspondent

October 7, 2020

The newly formed Northeastern Mutual Aid hosts events and fosters communication with students to offer support and resources in light of the new challenges with COVID-19. 

Northeastern cancels spring break, announces Thanksgiving travel guidance and adjusted calendar

Northeastern has postponed the start of next semester and canceled spring break.

Lucy Gavin, deputy campus editor

October 6, 2020

Northeastern announced testing and travel guidelines for students and staff for Thanksgiving break, as well as changes to the spring semester academic calendar, in an email to students Tuesday.

Students eager to return to reopened Marino with new density restrictions

Marino's basketball courts, normally populated by intense pickup basketball, now are the home of socially distanced exercise equipment.

Gretchen Hofmann, news correspondent

October 4, 2020

Marino has reduced its overall density and is operating at 40 percent capacity to ensure social distancing guidelines are met. To adhere to this standard, a new scheduling system has been implemented, where students can now schedule their workouts through the app ATLETO. 

Court dismisses students’ class action suit seeking partial refund for spring semester

Court dismisses students’ class action suit seeking partial refund for spring semester

George Barker, campus editor

October 2, 2020

On Thursday, United States District Judge Richard G. Stearns dismissed the summer lawsuit filed by two students against Northeastern University seeking a partial refund for the Spring 2020 semester due to the switch to remote learning in March.  

NU Start program connects remote freshmen to campus

First-year biology and mathematics major Sachi Kulkarni's remote learning setup in Texas.

Annie Probert, news staff

October 2, 2020

Created for first-years unable to travel to the Boston campus and attend in-person classes, NU Start allows students to take all of their fall courses online. NU Start courses are asynchronous to accomodate students from around the world. This means they do not require real-time interaction, which is a key difference from the NUflex model of both synchronous and asynchronous classes.

Clubs for women in STEM adapt to virtual format

“We’re just trying to make sure that we’re aware that we’re all in the same boat and that we can help each other just by being there for each other,” said Carey Tassel, vice president of the Society of Women Engineers.

Lily Murphy, news correspondent

September 30, 2020

For women planning to enter male-dominated STEM fields, making connections with other women in the same situation is vital. Under normal circumstances, clubs are able to bring in speakers and host events in order to forge bonds between members. The speakers and events look different this semester, but leaders of student organizations for women in STEM are determined to create bonds as strong as ever.