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“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.

Faculty members describe confusion, pressure to return to campus

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.
A few of the golden snitch posts focused on students gathering in the tents set up around campus.

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

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. 
Northeastern Mutual Aids mobile food drive setup on Columbus Ave.

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

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

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

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

Students eager to return to reopened Marino with new density restrictions

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.  
First-year biology and mathematics major Sachi Kulkarnis remote learning setup in Texas.

NU Start program connects remote freshmen to campus

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.
“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.

Clubs for women in STEM adapt to virtual format

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.
Rachel Foxs bed while in isolation housing in Kennedy Hall

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

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. 
Classrooms across the Northeastern campus have their capacity marked at the door.

NUflex met with mostly positive response from students, faculty

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. 
A classroom in Ryder Hall is outfitted with NUflex technology.

Northeastern extends NUflex through spring semester

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...

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