University requires flu shot for those coming to campus Tuesday, Oct 27 2020 

By Madelin Shelton — 

The University of Louisville is now requiring all students, faculty and staff who come to campus to get a flu vaccination. The vaccinations will be provided free to members of the U of L community at various campus locations.

U of L will administer the free flu shots Monday through Friday from now until Nov. 6 at the Health Sciences Center and Belknap Campus.

The decision comes as health experts across the country stress the importance of receiving a flu vaccine this year to help alleviate the health care systems, which are predicted to be overburdened by COVID-19 patients in the coming fall and winter months.

Vaccination locations at the Belknap Campus include a drive-through option at the parking lot across from Reynolds Lofts and the Student Activities Center (SAC) on the first-floor hallway near the Canon print shop. The Belknap drive-through location will begin vaccinations on Oct. 28, while the SAC’s location is open now. Both locations will operate from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The HSC locations include the U of L Healthcare Outpatient Center and the U of L Health drive-through. The outpatient center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3: 00 p.m. The drive-through is open 8:30-11: 30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is also open 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

All locations will be closed Nov. 3 for Election Day. After Nov. 6, flu shots will still be available at Campus Health Services at both the HSC and the Belknap campus.

University administration has asked for those receiving a flu shot to fill out the flu shot consent form prior to their visit to help decrease wait times at vaccination sites. The form is located under the Spotlight section on Campus Health Service’s website.

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Louisville men’s basketball team protests through Belknap campus for equality Tuesday, Sep 29 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville men’s basketball team marched through Belknap campus Sept. 25, calling for racial equality.

Many members of the community surrounding U of L and students walked alongside the men’s basketball team to help promote equality peacefully. “The turnout was greater than we could have imagined. This is exactly what we envisioned, getting our message out about inequality, discrimination, racism, and hate,” said senior Malik Williams.

Multiple players from the men’s basketball team talked to the crowd before beginning the march. They urged everyone to protest peacefully as they marched. Louisville Metro Police Department was present during the march to help provide barricades along the march path.

The march started at the Thortons Academic Center and toured through U of L’s Belknap Campus. The march lasted for about an hour. Louisville men’s basketball head coach Chris Mack attended the march with his players.

“I understand as a white guy, a 50-year old, that Black America is hurting,” said Mack.

The team did not discuss any matters relating to the upcoming 2020-2021 basketball season. Instead, they encourage listeners to register to vote. The Cardinals asked everyone to join them at Shawnee Park Oct. 3 for a voter registration event. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Mental health tips to stay healthy during COVID-19 Tuesday, Aug 25 2020 

By Catherine Brown–

It is often easier to worry about the physical precautions that we should take during the pandemic. Washing your hands, wearing a mask and social distancing in public are clear ways to care for yourself and others. But when it comes to mental health, it might not be as easy to spot the concerns.

As college students, many of us already probably struggle to get out of bed in the morning. Adding on a global pandemic certainly doesn’t make it any better.

Here are some tips for taking care of yourself during a stressful global pandemic:

 

Watch for signs of mental distress.

The CDC suggests ways in which you can identify signs of distress. Some of these signs can include fear or worry about your financial situation, or your or someone else’s health, changes in sleeping patterns and difficulty concentrating. 

Seek professional help if you or a loved one are experiencing any of these signs and they persist for several days leaving you unable to perform your normal responsibilities. The University of Louisville’s Counseling Center is available by phone at 502-852-6585 on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Refrain from reading the news too much.

Syndicated news channels spin the news in their favor. Stories about tragedies related to the virus can incite panic and negative emotions. The CDC recommends taking healthy breaks from social media and television reports about the pandemic. 

When you do use social media, be sure to verify your news sources.

Local governments will usually have the most up-to-date information. Don’t read too heavily into the information you see posted on social media. Anyone can post false information on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, etc. Don’t fall into the traps of clickbait news. By carefully choosing your sources of news, you can prevent stumbling upon false information that could cause worry.

 

Take time to enjoy activities while socially distancing.

Practice hobbies that can keep you socially distanced, but can still be done with friends. Some hobbies can include reading, writing, drawing or even coding.

U of L Counseling Center Director Aesha Uqdah gave students tips for coping with the pandemic, such as being creative at this time. 

“Engaging in creative activities can reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Creating some sort of art or writing can help you process your emotions in a productive way. It can also produce calming effects on your brain and in the body,” Uqdah said.

The Counseling Center is hosting virtual group art therapy sessions on Fridays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. starting Sept. 18. 

On Aug. 25, U of L is hosting a virtual RSO Fair for students to become involved in their Louisville community. This is an opportunity for students to look for activities that can let them separate from classwork.

 

Keep in touch with friends and family.

Take time to text, call or video chat your friends and family. Touch base with the people you care most about and let them know that you are alright. This could relieve worries for those of us who become preoccupied with the wellbeing of loved ones.

Take care of yourself physically too.

If you aren’t taking care of yourself physically, chances are your mental health will be affected. Eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, and keep up a regular sleep schedule. 

U of L’s Belknap campus has plenty of walking trails. With approximately 274 acres of land, the downtown campus is perfect for students looking to get some exercise into their day. Even walking from campus housing and between buildings can improve physical health. Improving physical health will improve mental health.

Make sure you put your health first. It might seem more worthy of your energy to worry about others. However, if you aren’t taking care of yourself, you can’t put in your full effort to take care of those around you.

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Brief: Road closures are expected during president’s visit Tuesday, Aug 20 2019 

By Maggie Vancampen —

Road closures around both campuses are scheduled as President Donald Trump is visiting Louisville Aug. 21.

University of Louisville Police Department sent the email Aug. 20.

The email said, “Trump is expected to travel from Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport to downtown between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. and return to the airport between 5:30 and 6 p.m. While the specific route is not being released, expect I-65 and any roads in that vicinity to be closed during those times.”

Some of the streets that may be effected around the Belknap campus include Eastern Parkway, University Boulevard, Cardinal Boulevard/Brandeis, Crittenden Drive and Floyd Street.

Health Science Campus streets possibly affected could be Liberty, Muhammad Ali, Chestnut, Floyd, Brook, Preston and Broadway.

The email also said that TARC routes might be effected too.

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