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How to maintain mental health while social distancing

How to maintain mental health while social distancing

Abbas Dahodwala, Contributing Writer

12:55 am

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, universities around the nation have moved classes online, canceled commencements and closed campus buildings.  The change in daily routine has had major impacts on students and may have adverse psychological effects, according to clinical psyc...

DePaul’s newest Title IX coordinator inherits department distrust but is confident in new role

DePaul’s newest Title IX coordinator inherits department distrust but is confident in new role

Ella Lee and Emma Oxnevad

April 1, 2020

Kathryn Statz is now the director of gender equity — previously known as Title IX coordinator — at DePaul. The DePaulia sat down with her to discuss the Title IX office’s high turnover rate and its plans for moving forward under new leadership. Statz has worked at DePaul since 2002 in the athletic department...

Coronavirus upends high school seniors’ college decisions

Coronavirus upends high school seniors’ college decisions

Associated Press

March 31, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has made the nerve-wracking experience of picking a college all the more difficult for Illinois’ high school students as campus visits are canceled and admission deadlines get pushed back amid the school shutdown over COVID-19 concerns. Colleges typically abide by a May 1 deadlin...

Illinois inmate dies from COVID-19; dozens more sickened

Illinois inmate dies from COVID-19; dozens more sickened

Associated Press

March 31, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials on Monday reported the death of a state prison inmate from COVID-19 and acknowledged the difficulty they face in stopping the spread of the virus in a crowded correctional system. Dr. Ngoze Ezike, the state's public health director, said a man at Stateville...

Spring breakers travel to Florida despite COVID-19

Spring breakers travel to Florida despite COVID-19

Maria Guerrero, La DePaulia Managing Editor

March 31, 2020

Spring Breakers continue with their travel vacation plans despite COVID-19 outbreaks. Lauren Stamatopoulos, 19, a University of Kentucky student whose family resides in Addison, Illinois, said her family trip to Florida had been planned for about three months. She said her and her family never cons...

More than just a ceremony: First-generation Latinx students demand in-person graduation

More than just a ceremony: First-generation Latinx students demand in-person graduation

Maria Guerrero, La DePaulia Managing Editor

March 29, 2020

A commencement ceremony is more than a graduation for first-generation Latinx college students inspiring the next generation. First generation Latinx students won’t get the chance to turn their tassel and wear their royal blue cap and gown in a packed arena after DePaul University announced they ...

Illinois infant with COVID-19 dies, cause of death unknown

Illinois infant with COVID-19 dies, cause of death unknown

Associated Press

March 29, 2020

An Illinois infant with COVID-19 has died, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Saturday. The cause of death is unknown and an investigation is underway. A state employee also was among 13 new deaths reported Saturday, as Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike urged people to do all they...

Coronavirus could close Illinois community health centers

Coronavirus could close Illinois community health centers

Associated Press

March 29, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of health care facilities in Illinois that largely serve low-income and minority communities are facing financial chaos because they've canceled most routine doctor visits in an attempt to stymie the coronavirus pandemic, according to an industry organization's report. The in...

Lack of social distancing leads to closure of parks, trails

Lack of social distancing leads to closure of parks, trails

Associated Press

March 27, 2020

OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) — It was a sunny day, the first in about a week when temperatures had climbed past the 50-degree mark, and people in Chicago did what they always do on such a day: They flocked to the shores of Lake Michigan. Mayor Lori Lightfoot did not consider that the kind of postcard perfect...

Surgeon general: Chicago among ‘hot spot’ cities for coronavirus

Surgeon general: Chicago among ‘hot spot’ cities for coronavirus

Associated Press

March 27, 2020

Chicago is among several large American cities identified as hot spots for COVID-19 infections and will see the number of local coronavirus cases rise, the U.S. surgeon general said Friday. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on “CBS This Morning" that he is hopeful New York, which has reported a...

DePaul cancels commencement, petition surfaces to postpone ceremony instead

DePaul cancels commencement, petition surfaces to postpone ceremony instead

Ella Lee, News Editor

March 27, 2020

Traditional in-person graduation ceremonies will not be held this May or June, DePaul announced Friday in an email. Instead, the university is planning a “series of virtual ceremonies.” The decision was made because of the uncertainty over when COVID-19’s widespread social disruption will e...

DePaul faculty, staff donate almost all protective gear to local hospitals fighting COVID-19

DePaul faculty, staff donate almost all protective gear to local hospitals fighting COVID-19

Ella Lee, News Editor

March 26, 2020

On March 20, Susan Dawson received an email from a staffer at Mount Sinai’s Holy Cross Hospital asking DePaul for help.  “We are in desperate need of masks,” read the email, which asked for other personal protective equipment (PPE), too. “I’m reaching out to our other schools also for anythi...

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