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Freshmen find community through social media, virtual events

Eamonn Ryan, news correspondent September 30, 2020
With restrictions on social gatherings, students, both on-campus and remote, have had to use virtual methods to try and communicate with fellow classmates and potential friends. Before even coming to campus, new students began socializing with each other through social media, especially through the Northeastern 2024 Facebook group. 

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.

NU’s Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment policy fills gaps left by federal Title IX overhaul

“At the end of the day, what I want to make sure that all students know is that the protections haven't changed,” said OUEC Deputy Coordinator and Investigator Brigid Hart-Molloy.
Maya Homan, news staff September 30, 2020

Northeastern University has updated its Title IX policy in accordance with changes mandated by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education. In response, Northeastern’s...

My test was positive, then negative: A night spent in isolation housing

Rachel Fox's bed while in isolation housing in Kennedy Hall
Rachel Fox, as told to Jessica Silverman September 29, 2020
The following is an account from Rachel Fox, a second-year mechanical engineering student who initially was told she had tested positive for COVID-19. Hours later, after having already moved into isolation housing, Fox received an email from the university with her negative test result. 

NUflex met with mostly positive response from students, faculty

Classrooms across the Northeastern campus have their capacity marked at the door.
Max Schochet, news correspondent September 29, 2020
As the fall semester begins at Northeastern, students and faculty are experiencing a new normal, thanks in part to the Hybrid NUflex learning model, a program which offers the choice for remote learning, in-person classes or a combination of the two. 

Northeastern extends NUflex through spring semester

A classroom in Ryder Hall is outfitted with NUflex technology.
Deanna Schwartz, managing editor September 24, 2020

Northeastern University will continue using the hybrid NUflex learning model through the spring semester, university spokesperson Shannon Nargi confirmed in an email to The News today. “NUflex will...

Initial COVID testing shows promising results, minor issues

Cabot, once a facility where varsity, club and intramural sports could occur, has been the home of a massive testing operation this semester.
Seamus McAvoy, news staff September 23, 2020
While COVID-19 outbreaks continue to pop up at similar sized schools across the country, Northeastern avoided a similar fate so far, thanks in part to the rigorous testing regimen that is a lynchpin of the university’s ambitious reopening plan.

Students approve of first-year dismissals, but not financial penalties

Students approve of first-year dismissals, but not financial penalties
Annie Probert, news staff September 23, 2020

In a decision that students have called “rushed,” “severe” and showing “zero-tolerance,” Northeastern announced Sept. 4 that it would dismiss 11 first-year students in the Boston program...

LightView residents eager to be back, find sense of community

Lauren Barbulescu, news staff September 23, 2020
Students approached the sleek building in a way similar to that of a drive-through restaurant. They drove down a side street, rolled down the windows, gave their names to LightView assistants and quickly signed in. Then a crew of workers would rapidly approach the incoming vehicle, ready to delicately unload the car of every item possible. While students signed in one by one, receiving their keys and information packets, their luggage was being transported to their rooms. 

Journalists discuss renewed need to combat online misinformation in panel

The four panelists from Thursday's discussion.
Lucas Cooperman, news correspondent September 20, 2020
Fake news and social media disinformation were topics of conversation Thursday afternoon in a panel discussion co-sponsored by Northeastern University-Seattle and the World Affairs Council-Seattle and hosted by New York Times technology reporter Davey Alba.

Dismissed students credited tuition for spring semester

While there were initial reports that they will not have their $36,500 tuition refunded at all, the students had the ability to appeal this decision.
George Barker, Lucy Gavin, and Jessica Silverman September 17, 2020
The 11 Boston students dismissed from Northeastern for gathering will have their tuition payment credited to the spring semester, according to the Northeastern Media Relations department.

First-years express excitement for fall semester after diminished senior spring

Stacks of moving hampers
Annie Probert, news correspondent September 12, 2020
Freshman move-in looked different this semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but after months of disappointment from cancelled high school events like prom and graduation, first-years who spoke with The News expressed excitement about finally being on campus along with nerves related to their first year of college.
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