Students rebuke Notre Dame president for not wearing mask at White House

Jenkins’ behavior has outraged some members of the Notre Dame community, with more than 200 students signing a petition calling for his resignation after he was seen without a mask and shaking hands with other unmasked attendees at the Sept. 26 ceremony for Barrett, a Notre Dame faculty member and alumna.

The ceremony is now considered a likely superspreader event after multiple participants including President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the virus.

Now, Jenkins has not only been reprimanded by students, but he faces possible action from the Faculty Senate. They voted on Tuesday night 21-20 to postpone action on a resolution of no confidence in Jenkins, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported.

Jenkins last week apologized for his behavior, saying he regretted his “error of judgment in not wearing a mask” and that he decided to quarantine “in an abundance of caution.” The Student Senate on Oct. 1 voted down a resolution for Jenkins’ resignation, according to The Observer student newspaper.

The following day, he announced that he had tested positive for Covid-19, calling it “a good reminder for me and perhaps for all of how vigilant we need to be.” A university spokesperson did not respond Thursday when asked for an update on Jenkins’ condition.

Ashton Weber, one of the students who drafted the resolution for Jenkins’ resignation, on Tuesday wrote in The Observer that Jenkins’ diagnosis “strengthened” her belief that he should resign.

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U.S. Targets Only One Percent of Chinese Students Over Security: White House Official | World News

By David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is targeting only about one percent of the 400,000 Chinese students in the United States over China’s bid to gather U.S. technology and other information, a top White House said official said on Wednesday.

Matt Pottinger, the deputy White House national security adviser who has been a leading figure in the development of President Donald Trump’s China policy, said the vast majority of Chinese students were welcome.

“It’s a surgical approach,” Pottinger said in a online event hosted by the Ronald Reagan Institute, referring to the administration’s policy of denying student visas to Chinese nationals it considers a security risk.

“President Trump has taken action to target roughly one percent of that massive number, to target military-affiliated Chinese researchers who are in some cases here under false pretenses or even false identities,” he said.

Other cases involve individuals who have come to the United States to gain access to “technologies that would be useful to Chinese military advancement or to the repression of their own people,” he added.

Pottinger said the overwhelming majority of Chinese students were “people that we’re glad to have here, and many will stay here and start great businesses.”

The U.S. action against Chinese students has come at a time when China-U.S. relations have sunk to the lowest point in decades in the run-up to Trump’s Nov. 3 re-election bid. The world’s two biggest economies have clashed over issues ranging from trade and human rights to Hong Kong and the coronavirus.

The U.S. State Department said this month the United States had revoked visas of more than 1,000 Chinese students and researchers deemed security risks. China called this a violation of human rights.

Washington said the action followed a May 29 proclamation by Trump in response to China’s curbs on democracy in Hong Kong.

The large number of Chinese students studying in the United States bring significant revenue to U.S. universities, although the COVID-19 pandemic severely disrupted returns to campus this fall.

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Michael Perry)

Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.

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Sioux Falls Christian students build teaching garden for hands-on learning



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Jeremy Roberts’ senior plant science class partnered with Ground Works and SD Agriculture in the Classroom to build teaching garden boxes behind Sioux Falls Christian High School on Tuesday morning.

The students laid wooden boards, screwed them into formation and filled the newly created boxes with compost. This garden will be a tool for active learning for the rest of the year.

“A teaching garden is different than a community garden in that you’re linking all of the educational pieces of their STEM day or their language arts or history to this garden, so it’s literally a living laboratory,” said Cindy Heidelberger Larson, Ground Works associate executive director.

By letting students get involved in every step of the process, from construction to harvest, they can practice what they’re learning in real time. 

“You’ve got problem solving, you’ve got communication skills happening here, you’ve got teamwork happening,” said Larson.

Ground Works has assisted in creating 17 teaching gardens over the past decade between Lincoln and Minnehaha counties. The project at Sioux Falls Christian is the organization’s first garden build of 2020.

Landscape Garden Center donated the compost and SD Agriculture in the Classroom will provide starter plants for the students to start their garden. Volunteers from Minnehaha Master Gardeners assisted with the construction of the boxes. 

“Everything we do is through collaboration and teamwork because there’s really no other way to do it,” said Larson.

Once the teaching garden has been established, Ground Works aims to expand the learning opportunities beyond plant science. Future classes could focus on food and nutrition or the agriculture industry at large.  

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ECA’s interior design students imagine cultural centres for Edinburgh

In this school show, Edinburgh College of Art students are presenting 10 interiors projects for public and community spaces, from an archive chronicling Scotland’s black diaspora to a hybrid day and nightclub.

Created by a mixture of graduate and undergraduate students, the concepts adapt existing and historical buildings in Edinburgh for new uses, in a bid to create interiors that are sensitive to their context.

University: Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
Courses: BA and MA Interior Design
Tutors: Ed Hollis, Rachel Simmonds, Gillian Treacy and Andy Siddall

School statement:

“The interior design programmes at ECA use real buildings and spaces as testbeds for the adaption and evolution of interior, architectural and spatial design ideas. Under the Interior Lab initiative, staff and students share research knowledge to develop their own individual response to the discipline, benefitting from the international cohort’s varied experiences and approaches.

“Further work of the students can be found at ECA’s digital exhibition Summer 2020.

“Through self-generated briefs for their projects, our 10 graduates have proposed designs including an Astronomy Centre within a light-polluted city centre and a Black Cultural Archive and Legacy Centre for Scotland.”

ECA's interior design students imagine cultural centres for Edinburgh

The Island of Knowledge by Alkistis Brountzou, MA

“The Island of Knowledge is an open, public space inside the Freemasons Hall for sharing knowledge and learning, which explores the spatial intersections of the physical and the digital world.

“Inside the main hall, or ‘nest’, new hybrid experiences are generated by utilising new technologies such as augmented reality inside of an expanded cinema, various multilayered exhibitions and lecture halls.

“The intervention’s form emphatically symbolises the contradiction between the diachronic character of the space formations and the extremely changeable digital content, suggesting that the physical and digital, materiality and immateriality are interwoven by their contradictions.”

Email: [email protected]

Freemasons Hall by Gillian Kavanagh, MA

“My master’s thesis focuses on the intersection between interior architecture and conservation. The design briefs I devised for the Freemasons Hall in Edinburgh challenge the idea of a historic institution in the modern world and question how interiors can be ‘re-programmed’ to revitalise the institution’s appeal.

“To represent these ideas, I explored experimental mixed media drawing methods including collage, watercolour sketching and video studies. Adaptive conservation aids the longevity of buildings, which is the principal ambition of my work. The layering of materials, decoration and human narratives significantly influences my approach to the conservation of interior architecture.”

Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @gk_trinsic

ECA's interior design students imagine cultural centres for Edinburgh

Viaticus by Mari Nasif, MA

“Inspired by the idea of Masonic degrees, the brief re-imagines the Freemasons’ journey towards knowledge and translates this into spatial settings based on the learning domains proposed by Benjamin Bloom.

“The proposal, broadly defined as a philosophy library, occupies the voids inside of an existing staircase volume. Its verticality mirrors Bloom’s hierarchical learning model where higher levels house more complex learning. Each degree is uniquely designed to activate the senses and help individuals resolve the cognitive challenges along the journey to mastery.”

Email: [email protected]

Pixelbox by Sher Ming Foo, MA


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Vegetables From North GA’s Garden Feed Lumpkin County Students

DAHLONEGA, GA — As school nutrition director at Lumpkin County Schools, Julie Knight-Brown learned some surprising news about elementary school children.

“The little kids love radishes,” Knight-Brown said. “One of the parents thanked the café manager at Long Branch Elementary for introducing her children to radishes. She said, ‘They loved them.'”

Fresh radishes, tomatoes, onions, and an assortment of herbs were a few items the University of North Georgia supplied the school system this summer and into the fall. The vegetables and herbs were grown and harvested from the gardens at the Vickery House and Appalachian Studies Center on University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega Campus. The fresh produce was delivered to Lumpkin County Schools and has been integrated into school lunches.

“We started in July and harvested on a weekly basis,” said David Patterson, associate professor of biology who spearheaded the project.

Knight-Brown said some produce such as cherry tomatoes and radishes have been a “featured” vegetable at a school or offered as a side dish in the cafeteria. Other items such as onions were incorporated into other meals while herbs were used for their flavor.

A portion of the summer produce was frozen for future use, which helped the school’s finances this academic year. Knight-Brown explained the school nutrition program’s budget has suffered because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She said the donations from the University of North Georgia’s gardens happened at an optimal time.

“All school nutrition programs are facing the same financial dilemma,” Knight-Brown said. “We will happily take any donated fresh produce.”

Lumpkin County Schools is not the only beneficiary of the Hometown Harvest program. University of North Georgia students in need of service-learning hours can get their hands dirty in the gardens. Patterson said between five and 10 students helped harvest the produce this summer.

Two more students, Amelia Arthur and Zach Pilgrim, have been involved in a precision agriculture research project funded by University of North Georgia’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. The primary objective was to test the impact of a precision agriculture system in small-scale gardens as a means for increasing food production for students in need.

“They took the garden from seed to production,” Patterson said. “They also collected the data, which we are analyzing now.”

In the meantime, the gardens have been turned to produce fall vegetables for Lumpkin County Schools. Leafy greens and broccoli seeds have been sown. The only missing element this fall is more volunteers.

“The gardens at the Vickery House have always been viewed as an heirloom garden,” Patterson said. “But now we have determined how to integrate consistent food production with seed-saving techniques. Now we need more University of North Georgia and community involvement.”

He said some volunteer opportunities could be as simple as watering the garden or turning over the compost. Pulling weeds may take a little more effort and knowledge, Patterson said.

“Some students may have trouble knowing the difference between an onion stem and a weed, but we are there to

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They knew they had COVID-19, but some college students threw a large house party anyway

It stands to reason you probably wouldn’t throw a large house party if you tested positive for COVID-19. But that wasn’t the case for some students at Miami University of Ohio.

When Oxford police arrived to break up a large house party hosted by students over Labor Day weekend, officers discovered one student had tested positive for COVID-19 and been ordered to quarantine a week prior. Bodycam video from the Oxford Police Department shows several students sitting on the porch, unmasked, drinking and listening to music, according to report from WOIO.

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“How many people are in the house? Twenty people inside? You might want to start clearing out, please,” one officer ordered the students.

After running one student’s identification, an officer calls him over.

“I’ve never seen this before, there’s an input on the computer that said you tested positive for COVID?” The officer asked the student. The student then informed the officer that everyone at the party has coronavirus.

“How many other people have COVID?” the officer asked.

“They all do,” the student answered, gesturing to other roommates.

After the incident, police fined the six men in the house and a guest $500 each.

“This particular case is egregious, but

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Miami University students had a house party despite testing positive for Covid

Body camera video from the Oxford Police Department shows an officer approaching a group of men gathered on the porch of a home near the university’s campus on September 5, asking them who lives there.

“I’m assuming you probably know why I want to talk to you, right?” the officer asks.

One student replies that eight people lived in the house, and that at the time, about 20 people were inside. Both indoor and outdoor mass gatherings in Oxford involving people who don’t live together are limited to 10 people, per the city’s ordinance.

The officer tells the student to disperse the crowd gathered at the house, and eventually asks to see his ID. After scanning it, he calls the student over.

“I’ve never seen this before, there’s an input on the computer that you tested positive for Covid?” the officer asks.

“Yes,” the student answered, adding “This was, um, a week ago.”

The officer asks the student whether he was supposed to be quarantining, and the student said that’s why he was at home.

“Do you have other people here and you’re positive for Covid? You see the problem?” the officer asks.

Other people at the house had also tested positive for the virus, the student told the officer.

“This is what we’re trying to prevent, you know? We want to keep this town open,” the officer says, with a sigh. “… So, you’re not quarantining if you’re mixing with other people.”

Six people, five of whom lived at the house, were issued a citation, according to the police report. The Oxford Police Department told CNN in an email that fines for the citations start at $500.

Five of those cited are listed in Miami University’s web directory as students. The police report indicates that the sixth person identified himself as a student who had moved in with his parents and was visiting for the weekend.

Colleges have struggled to curb parties

Miami University declined to comment on the matter, citing federal privacy laws, but added that students who violate quarantine orders or the city ordinance on mass gatherings would face disciplinary action.

The university announced on Tuesday that it would resume in-person and hybrid classes on September 21, after having had all virtual classes since August 17.
Colleges and universities across the nation have struggled to prevent students from throwing or attending parties in an effort to limit the spread of Covid-19. Clusters that have emerged on several campuses have been linked to fraternity parties.
The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Notre Dame are among schools that have had to shift to virtual classes, at least for a time, after cases cropped up days into the semester. Schools including New York University and Northeastern University have suspended students for violating safety protocols.

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Ohio Students Hosting Large House Party Admits to Police They ‘All’ Tested Positive for COVID

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, students from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio threw a house party during Labor Day weekend which ignored school and city rules requiring masks, social distancing and gatherings no larger than 10 people.

A photo illustration of a policeman questioning a young person at a house.

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A photo illustration of a policeman questioning a young person at a house.

When police arrived at the house on Saturday at 4:05 p.m., they discovered seven young men sitting on the porch, drinking and listening to music without masks. A total of 20 people were at the gathering. One house resident confirmed to police that he had recently tested positive for COVID-19.

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When asked whether he was supposed to be in quarantine, the student responded, “Yeah, that’s why I’m at my house,” and then claimed that everyone else in attendance had tested positive for COVID-19 as well.

“That’s what we’re trying to prevent,” the officer told the student. “We want to keep this town open. You’re not quarantining if you’re mixing with other people.”

Although students in the house began to leave as soon as police arrived, police ended up fining six men—five house residents and one visitor—$500 each for violating city ordinances forbidding gatherings of more than 10 people, a precaution to prevent a possible COVID-19 outbreak.

One of the residents fined by police claimed that the party guests simply showed up without being invited, but the police officer declined to discuss that claim further calling it “an argument for another day.”

Miami University officials told CBS News that any students found violating city COVID-19 ordinances could face disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct, including possible suspension or dismissal.

According to, more than 1,000 Miami University students have tested positive for COVID-19 during the past two weeks. The school will resume in-person classes on September 21 with roughly 40 percent of the school’s nearly 20,000 students learning remotely online.

Newsweek contacted Miami University for comment.

Other universities have struggled to keep students from partying in defiance of rules meant to prevent coronavirus epidemics.

In late August, Ohio State University issued 228 interim suspensions for individuals and student organizations who attended or hosted large parties and gatherings in the university district.

Around the same time, Florida State University police arrested and charged seven students associated with the disbanded Alpha Tau Omega fraternity for hosting an “open house party.”

On September 10, Illinois State University said it was considering consequences for students who attended a 200-person “pop-up” party hosted by The Nelk Boys, a group of college-aged pranksters with nearly 5.7 million YouTube followers.

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College students admitted to police they had COVID-19. They threw a house party anyway.

More than 1,100 students at Miami University in Ohio have tested positive for coronavirus since mid-August. But even after testing positive, a group of students was caught on camera hosting a large house party over Labor Day weekend, breaking quarantine rules. 

An officer with the Oxford Police Department arrived to break up a house party over the weekend that violated capacity rules, which currently allow gatherings of no more than 10 people. When police arrived at the house, several students were sitting on the porch, unmasked, drinking and listening to music. 

Despite allowing 20 people inside the house, the hosts of the party maintained they were following guidelines. According to the officer’s body-camera footage, he warned the students that they were violating safety guidelines before running one student’s license. 

But after scanning the ID of one of the students who lives in the house, he saw a note on his computer that the student tested positive for COVID-19 just one week prior. 

“How many other people have COVID?” the officer asked.

“They all do,” the student replied, gesturing toward his housemates. He added that some of the guests had also tested positive. 

“That’s what we’re trying to prevent,” the officer said. “We want to keep this town open.” 

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Police fined six men — five who live in the house and one visitor — $500 each. 

“This particular case is egregious, but I think for the most part, by in large, the students have been very well behaved,” Lt. Lara Fening with the Oxford Police Department told CBS News affiliate WKRC.

“Some residents came over from across the street that were reportedly COVID-positive as well,” said Fening. “We do not know if anybody else at that party was aware of the COVID-positive residents because some of them left while the officer was there.” 

Miami University said it receives student violations from the Oxford PD. The school told CBS News that it could not comment on an individual case, but said that any student in violation of quarantine or isolation orders, including hosting a large gathering, will face disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct.

“We take these matters most seriously, and students can face suspension or dismissal for these types of violations,” a spokesperson for the university told CBS News on Friday. 

The school announced this week that it will resume in-person and hybrid classes on campus on September 21, following a month of entirely online classes. Students living on-campus are continuing their phased move-in starting Monday. 

All students returning to campus must be tested for coronavirus before moving into dorms. Additionally, face masks are required for all students and faculty and all activities outside of the classroom with more than 10 participants have been canceled or moved virtually.

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Detroit school students’ outdoor library, garden vandalized


Books were torn at an outside library in a Detroit public school Thursday morning. (Photo: Used with permission by Derek Clark)

Staff members at Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School are in shock Thursday after they found their student-built outdoor library and gardens in ruin.

Vandals left a huge mess — the books were either shredded or soaked with water. Pots were cracked and broken. Bookcases and benches were flipped over. Only one book was left intact. 

“That garden means a lot. So for it to be damaged was very heartbreaking,” Dean of Culture Derek Clark said. 

The Detroit school outdoor library was an ongoing project spanning five years, built by the school’s own students.

The library had shelves full of books, with flower pots and benches decorating the yard. It was a lively destination for both students and teachers: kids went outside for art classes to be inspired by nature, students planted vegetables like cucumbers for science classes that they could then take home, teachers went out for their lunch breaks. After a pause during the summer and the pandemic, Clark said the school was ready to switch out some of the books. 

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The library is planning to replace the broken items. The staff is also seeking to secure and lock the space after hours when the campus is empty.

Clark said the school is not looking to find who vandalized the library, rather focusing on fixing the space that he said helps the community.

“I would just say to whoever did it, we don’t want or need you to come forward and apologize or anything,” he said. “Just moving forward, know that your actions don’t only just affect you. There are so many people who actually get vegetables from that garden that they damaged.”

For those interested in donating, contact Greenfield Union directly by calling 313-866-2999 or email [email protected] The library is seeking any books or garden supplies.

Detroit Public Schools Community District recently opened its doors Tuesday for the new year, with 20% of families signing up for in-person classes. The district said the rest of the students are starting at home with laptops provided the schools. 

Nisa Khan is a data intern for the Detroit Free Press. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @mnisakhan

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