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COVID cases rise, students fear shutdown

Just four days after campus reopened for the fall semester, the school is already reporting 46 known cases of COVID-19. That number is expected to rise in the coming days, as UB begins surveillance testing and students continue to mingle with their peers. 

Seasons is a new café and organic juice bar in the Center for the Arts. The menu includes freshly blended juices and light breakfast options. It is one of many additions and upgrades Campus Dining & Shops has made in a $3.5 million renovation over the summer.

Changes coming to meal plans, dining operations

A number of campus eateries will be temporarily closed next semester, including Seasons (CFA), Baldy Walkway Café, Whispers at Capen, Bert’s and NY Deli and Diner (Talbert), Mrs. Rich’s (NSC), The Bowl (Ellicott) and the Apothecary Café and Whispers at Abbott on South Campus. 


SA removes RAGO chair following fraud allegations

 The Student Association’s Board of Directors will adopt a new scheduling system to curb fraud following a May 19 resolution to remove Rules, Administration and Government Oversight Committee Chair Eric Weinman for “time theft” and other violations of SA’s Code of Ethics. 

Incoming students say they’re concerned about potential remote instruction in the fall because they think it may impact their college experience.

Incoming students worried about college experience

Tasfiah Khan always expected her freshman year of college would mean she could “become more independent.” She envisioned meeting new friends, creating her own schedule and settling into a new environment.  But Khan, a senior at Manhattan/Hunter Science High School who plans to enroll at UB in the fall, thinks her vision may be “crushed” by the coronavirus. She’s worried UB will extend its “distance-learning” model into the fall semester. UB already decided the summer term will operate entirely remotely.

A survey conducted by UB in March shows 56% of students are "very uncomfortable" or "somewhat uncomfortable" with completing their schoolwork online. Many UB students are struggling with distance learning due to financial burdens, lack of on-campus resources or having sick family members. 

Students share distance-learning challenges, UB hopes survey can address concerns

Jannat Inqiyad said that in order to complete the online work for her classes, she needs to leave her home since she doesn’t have internet access.  Inqiyad, a sophomore health and human services major, said her family had to “sacrifice” internet connection to afford essentials after the family lost its main source of income due to COVID-19.  Now, she needs to go to public libraries to complete her remote coursework and said she doesn’t feel safe leaving her house because she has family members and friends who are hospitalized with COVID-19. 

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