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Northeastern closes Seattle campus because of wildfires

Northeastern University owns a graduate campus in Seattle. Photo courtesy Phototainment.
Lucy Gavin, deputy campus editor September 11, 2020
Northeastern University has announced Friday they will temporarily close their Seattle campus due to worsening air quality caused by the rampant wildfires across the west coast. 

[UPDATED] Parents of two dismissed students hire attorney

The families of two students dismissed by Northeastern have hired a lawyer in hopes of challenging the university's decision.
Jessica Silverman and George Barker September 10, 2020
The families of two of the students that were dismissed from Northeastern for engaging in an unsafe gathering in the Westin Hotel have hired a lawyer in hopes of fighting the school’s decision. 

The LANG Initiative provides translations of reopening documents, university resources to increase language accessibility

A wall in the Office of Global Services depicting a greeting in numerous languages.
Matt Yan, news staff September 9, 2020

As Northeastern pushes out new information regarding reopening, testing plans and housing, some information — written solely in English — goes misunderstood. To increase language accessibility on campus,...

Fall Fest World connects clubs, organizations in retro video game platform

The virtual husky navigates toward the Academic Enrichment booth.
Jessica Silverman, deputy campus editor September 8, 2020
Northeastern hosted its first-ever Fall Fest World today to introduce all of the different student organizations offered on campus. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the university decided to move the traditionally in-person event to a video game-like format, where students roam around as a husky character to various booths to get information on clubs.

Virtual convocation focuses on experiential learning, touches on community safety

Virtual convocation focuses on experiential learning, touches on community safety
George Barker, campus editor September 8, 2020
Like most years’ Convocation speeches, the university’s presentation focused primarily on experiential learning opportunities and the benefits of being a part of the Northeastern community as speakers described what incoming students have to look forward to. While the ceremony was entirely virtual due to COVID-19, there were minimal mentions of the pandemic, except for President Joseph E. Aoun’s closing remarks emphasizing the importance of safety and wellness of the community.

Northeastern dismisses 11 first-years for gathering

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.
Mihiro Shimano, news staff September 5, 2020
Northeastern dismissed 11 first-year students after staff found them gathering at the Westin Hotel Wednesday evening.

When your roommate tests positive: Life in Northeastern’s quarantine housing

Hannah Kelly's desk in International Village with some of the supplies she was given for quarantine.
Hannah Kelly, as told to Deanna Schwartz September 2, 2020
Hannah Kelly was moved into wellness housing when her roommate tested positive on Aug. 31, one day after moving in.

Move-in begins with rainy skies, COVID-19 testing

Families unload items from cars as they move into Willis Hall and West Village F on Aug. 30.
Deanna Schwartz, managing editor August 30, 2020
Around 8,000 students are moving to campus over the course of 10 days. In an effort to decrease density during move-in, different residence halls were assigned two to five day blocks of time for move-in between Aug. 29 and Sept. 7.

Northeastern to outsource portion of COVID-19 test processing to Broad Institute

All Northeastern students will be tested at the Cabot Testing Center.
Kelly Chan, editor-in-chief August 28, 2020
Northeastern will be outsourcing a portion of COVID-19 tests to the Broad Institute in Cambridge.

University announces new health violations tipline, threatens students who party with suspension

A new sign and hand sanitizer dispenser in Curry Student Center.
Corey Dockser, news correspondent August 28, 2020
In an email sent to students today, the university announced that students who host or attend unsafe gatherings during the pandemic face suspension. The email also announced a new tipline.

Northeastern sends warning letter to first-years who expressed intent to party in Instagram poll

Northeastern's reopening plan is reliant on students acting responsibly and not gathering in large groups.
Corey Dockser, news correspondent August 21, 2020
In a warning letter sent to incoming first-year students, Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Madeleine Estabrook said partying is "unacceptable."

Northeastern reports 1 positive out of 3,949 tests in first 3 days of testing

Testing at Cabot Center began on Monday.
Deanna Schwartz and Charlie Wolfson August 21, 2020
The first three days of COVID-19 testing at Northeastern’s facility in Cabot Physical Education Center produced one positive result, Northeastern announced Friday morning.
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