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In response to the Covid-19 crisis, IUPUI is offering free Wi-Fi access to students who may need it.
The purpose of the hotspots is to ensure that students can access their coursework at the beginning of next semester, as classrooms will remain closed until February.
The Wi-Fi access is a 24 hour high speed internet service that is open to staff, students, faculty and the general public who may not have access to the internet due to library and business closures.
IUPUI senior Sarah Barr believes this could be a great resource for students if they have access to transportation.
“Since it is offered on campus, students would need a reliable transportation option to use it. I think it will be helpful to those who have the resources to come to campus to take advantage of the hotspots,” Barr said.
Hot spot lots are being set up across Indiana University campuses that will allow students to connect to the internet while practicing social distancing guidelines. There are locations at IU Bloomington, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, IU Southeast, IUPUC and of course IUPUI.
IUPUI will have two locations where the community can access the hot spot. One location is on the first floor of Gateway Garage, and the second is in Barnhill Garage near the elevators.
According to Indiana lieutenant governor Suszanna Crouch, these hotspots will allow not only IU students to access their coursework while maintaining social distancing, but also the public throughout the entire state will be able to get work down using IU Guest networks.
"I am so proud of the creativity and innovation that Indiana University is showing to supply Hoosiers with free and reliable high-speed internet access as we work together to combat the spread of Covid-19,” Crouch said.
All who use these hot spots are asked to stay in their car, turn off their car to reduce emissions and save gas, only remain on the site as long as needed and never leave a child in a vehicle unattended.
The recent election is one of the most important and controversial we have seen in many years. As a generation of young adults that longs to see change and make a difference, our voice is more important than ever.
This is a crazy hard year for everyone as we fight through social movements and a pandemic. Along with this comes stress, nerves, and anxiety for many people. Luckily, our campus has some great resources that can help.
The Counseling and Mental Health Services is a great source for IUPUI students who are struggling during this time. CAPS is offering a large range of services to support students remotely while following health guidelines to keep us all safe.
According to the CAPS website, “There’s no right way to respond to the wide range of reactions you’re having, and it’s important to remind yourself that your emotions are valid. This situation is novel, evolving, and unpredictable.”
Senior Serena Van Orman has been going to CAPS for two years now. She has chosen to continue utilizing CAPS although their services have moved online.
“I definitely prefer the in-person therapy sessions, although I understand why it’s digital. Sessions on zoom are better than no sessions at all,” she said.
Orman’s therapy sessions have been immensely helpful during this time.
“My sessions are helpful in validating my feelings surrounding the election and my experiences of stress that have resulted from it,” she said.
There are many ways to contact and get started with CAPS including their Virtual Care Package, Self-Screening tools and virtual workshops.
“I absolutely recommend their services to other students especially during this time with COVID affecting normalcy. I think CAPS is a great, accessible and affordable resource to adjust to this period of uncertainty,” said Orman.
To learn more about what CAPS can offer you, click here
If you are not interested in speaking with a professional, there are still many ways to cope with
stress. It is important to remember to log off social media for a bit and spend some time being present.
Some ways to get your mind clear could include taking a walk outside, grabbing coffee with a friend, doing yoga or simply spending time with your family. Please remember that your mental health is essential at this time.
For students at IUPUI, this semester involved adjusting to changes such as remote learning, wearing masks and social distancing all while students continued to work toward their degrees and education.
As of November 8, the positivity rates among IUPUI students remained remarkably low. According to the IUPUI Coronavirus dashboard, eight positive cases were identified from the testing of 285 students in the residence halls and 13 were identified from the testing of 1,003 off-campus students.
According to the IUPUI State of the Campus meeting, IUPUI’s positivity rate was at 0.5%, in comparison to Indiana’s overall positivity rate which is currently at 22% as of November 23.
“Our strategic priorities, our core values, and our people are the reasons we have been able to weather the COVID-19 crisis. They are the reasons that the state of our campus is as strong as it is today,” IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar said.
IUPUI has advanced their research opportunities and many faculty members and students are conducting research specific to the virus. Chancellor Payder explained the role that many departments have played in researching the virus in his State of the Campus Speech.
“From early in the pandemic, the SAVI Coronavirus Data Hub, developed in our Polis Center, has served as an important resource for the state of Indiana as we have tracked the spread of the virus as well as its impact on families of Color. In addition, the School of Informatics and Computing, in partnership with the IU School of Medicine and IU Health, helped develop faster COVID-19 diagnostic tests for healthcare workers,” he said.
Recent presidential elect Joe Biden has also spoken of how he plans to combat the virus when he takes office. According to his website, he is planning to enforce a professional response to ensure safety and change.
“A decisive public health response that ensures the wide availability of free testing; the elimination of all cost barriers to preventive care and treatment for COVID-19; the development of a vaccine; and the full deployment and operation of necessary supplies, personnel, and facilities,” are a few examples of things that he hopes to accomplish according to his website.
As the fall semester comes to a close, classes at IUPUI will switch to being taught remotely for the remainder of 2020. They will remain online until February 8. IUPUI staff and faculty have high hopes that this will continue to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
If you would like to listen or read listen to the State of the Campus speech, click here
To stay up to date with the IUPUI COVID-19 Testing Dashboard, click here
To see Indiana’s COVID-19 statistics, click here
“The Haunting of Bly Manor” hit Netflix on October 9 and is the perfect series to binge-watch during the Halloween season.
The series is a follow-up to “The Haunting of Hill House” which came out on Netflix in 2018. Although Bly Manor is a continuation in the Haunting series, the two narratives are not connected.
Just as “The Haunting of Hill House” is based on a novel, the Bly Manor series is based on a work of literature titled “The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James. All 9 episode titles are based on a piece of his work and give viewers a clue as to what it will hold.
According to Radio Times, filming for the movie took place in Canada although the storyline is set in England. The haunted house is a large mansion set far back into the woods that sits on an eerie lake.
A young American nanny, played by Victoria Pedretti, best known for her role as Nell in “The Haunting of Hill House”, is hired on at the Bly Manor to care for two orphaned children Flora, who is 8 years old, and Miles, who is 10 years old. She realizes she may be in for more than she bargained for when she sees the twisted secrets and terrifying figures the manor holds.
The actors do a wonderful job making this story come to life. The children, played by Amelie Smith and Benjamin Ainsworth, may seem sweet, but they also do horrific things to their nanny. If you want to find out more about their mischief, I suggest you tune in.
Other amazing characters include T’Nia Miller as Hannah and Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Peter Quint. Both of their roles are essential to the storyline.
Although the series does not share the same fear factor as Hill House, there are moments that are likely to make you jump. The storyline is hard to follow at times as it jumps back and forth between the present and past, but the concluding episode brings it all together and many connections are made.
If you need a good series to watch amidst all the craziness in the world this Halloween, “The Haunting of Bly Manor” is an excellent choice.
President Trump and Vice President Biden went head to head for the first presidential debate September 29.
The debate was chaotic for both candidates. They were asked their opinion regarding six topics, and the room remained heated throughout the entirety of the night.
Both President Trump and Vice President Biden did their best to get their point across regarding the issues of the coronavirus, the Supreme Court, the economy and much more. The two have many differing viewpoints resulting in an abundance of interruptions.
Thoughts regarding this first debate had similar viewpoints.
“My first thought of this debate was that I don’t think either of these men deserve to be a President of the United States because they both lack class, honor, and responsibility,” said political science major Quinn Weikel.
Weikel found it aggravating that both candidates used untrue facts to their advantages when they both are counting on the votes of uninformed voters.
Teachers and professors were also surprised at the lack of control this debate displayed.
“I was disappointed in both candidates for their inability to control hostile temperaments,” said high school teacher Chase Bauer.
Bauer had high hopes that the debate would display maturity, leadership and decorum. After watching, she believes it was like “watching two toddlers bicker over a cookie.”
Not only was this debate out of control, but it was nothing like debates we’ve seen in the past.
“This debate was different because of the hostility,” Bauer said. “Neither candidate was able to keep composure.”
Past debates showed candidates keeping a controlled tone even if one was off a bit. According to Bauer, “this one was just out of control.”
The debate showcased how Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden feel about each other.
“I thought this debate was different from the past because there was an unusual amount of interruptions and insults thrown at each candidate,” said education major Skyler Hensley.
Journalism major Jaycie Kemp found that President Trump attempted to control the entire event.
“The President stands firm on his beliefs and believes that everything he says is final. I think this debate was different because more people tuned in. They wonder what is going to happen next in our country,” Kemp said.
“There are high emotions this year because of COVID, and the Black Lives Matter movements. Everyone wants to know when there will be a change,” she said.
Many people agreed that they want things in the second debate to go much differently. People want there to be fewer interruptions and more discussion.
“I would like them to allow more uninterrupted time for the candidates to speak,” Hensley said.
Weikel believes the attention should focus on issues that voters want to hear.
“I think they should be able to give a closing statement,” Weikel said. “I would like to see more discussion about foreign policy and non-domestic issues and threats that our country is currently facing.”
Bauer hopes to see the moderator take more control over the candidates and to see fewer insults.
“Guidelines need to be enforced. It would be nice if the candidates could be civil and speak about issues that are important to voters,” she said.
The final presidential debate will take place Thursday, October 22, at 8 p.m. at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.