Chicago - 2 Michigan Colleges Face Coronavirus Outbreaks In The 1st Week Of School


Turmoil on college campuses continues involving Corona virus outbreaks and how to handle them. Today. There are developments from Michigan, where two big state universities are facing different difficulty challenges. NPR's elicit Mad Warning has been on a college road trip as the school year begins and is just back from Michigan and she joins us now. Hello. Let's first talk about the University of Michigan graduate students there. Another employees are striking over Coben, 19 precautions and the reopening of campus tell us what they're protesting or whether they advocating for So the graduate employee organization orgy EO represents about 2000 grad student instructors They've been striking since last week. Their demands include, among other things, the universal right to work remotely. They also want more testing for Corona virus on campus. I talked with a mere Fleischman. He's a graduate student who teaches political theory. He was out on the picket lines this morning. At five AM, he said. They felt like they tried everything to get the attention of the university and it didn't work. We've held protests we held it died. We've had car caravan. It's been an impact bargaining for once. This has gotten us nowhere. We felt that we had no other option but to engage in straight. And Eliza. What do university Michigan officials have to say about all this? We'll yesterday the U of M President Mark Schlissel. Ask the courts to intervene and send the grad students backto work. It's illegal in the state of Michigan for education workers to strike and that ruling is expected by the end of the week. Student workers say. Until then, they'll continue to be on the picket lines. All right, So the University of Michigan has thousands of students living in dorms and taking in person classes. But just north of there is Michigan State in East Lansing, which is all online. Tell us more. What's happening there. So at Michigan State University. There's been a big jump in cases since some students returned to the town last month, and that's despite the fact that they're not taking any classes in person this weekend, the university as students living in town to quarantine for two weeks to help curb the spread. I've been keeping in touch with an MSU freshman named Sidney Harakah Veena. She's living at an off campus apartment with her roommates. I called yesterday to ask her about the lock down, and instead she told me that she herself had just tested positive for Corona virus. I was trying to be safe. My roommates were trying to be safe like we kind of avoided like the bigger scenes like I wouldn't want to go somewhere where I could get it. But, like even my roommates, friends, they don't abide by that and now really, just like them and us in the butt because we hung out with them, and then they had it so it really was a chain effect. All of her roommates are also positive, though none of them have symptoms, and the three of them are isolating in their apartment. She told me she's already feeling a little restless, but they are so how do these two schools fit into what you're hearing across the country in your reporting? Well, what colleges they're finding all over the country is that all it takes is a small all group of students going to parties for the virus to really start making its way through social circles and into the surrounding community. You know, The other thing is the high positive cases in East Lansing show us that colleges don't actually have that much control over this as they might like right because classes are already online there, So I think it's an important lesson for schools that have in person classes because it shows there really aren't that many good options. For shutting the semester down.

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