Students embrace a return to normal on campus Thursday, Sep 9 2021 

By Alexia Juarez–

Incoming and current U of L students are starting out the fall semester with in-person classes and activities. This is the first step in returning to a “normal” campus atmosphere since the outbreak over a year ago. 

To support this atmosphere, U of L has laid out several protocols to contain the widespread virus and keep students and university members safe.  

Since Aug. 9, all university members have been required to wear a mask in public and indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. 

Indoor spaces are defined as any space inside a campus building which is not a private room or office. This includes classrooms, academic labs, study, and restroom areas, along with libraries and hallways. This is understandable, due to the rising cases in Kentucky. 

According to the New York Times, Jefferson County’s 7-day average was about 479 cases per day from Aug. 31 to Sept. 6. Given Louisville’s population, it is imperative that students and faculty enforce this policy to contain the virus and return to campus life.  

Unvaccinated university members are required to be tested regularly. There are three required testing periods: Aug. 17 to 27, Sept. 7 to 17, and Oct. 6 to 15.  

This is a big step that U of L has taken in their return to normal — or as normal as it can be. Given that the pandemic has gone on for more than a year and a half, several students had not been on campus since the start of the outbreak. 

Given these announcements, it’s nice to have some hope for incoming and current students to enjoy campus life while balancing the unpredictability of the pandemic. It’s not only a silver lining for students, but for faculty as well. 

Professors will no longer have to struggle in online lectures for the desired student engagement –which is lacking in all online courses — or with the unbearable technical difficulties. These in-person classes bring back the socialization that some may have lost during this pandemic.   

For incoming freshmen, this may seem overwhelming. However, with the end goal in mind — to keep our U of L community safe and to have a normal in person education experience as much as possible — these protocols are the key to keeping the virus under control and ensuring students get the most out of their college experience.  

 

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Moderna developing 2-in-1 COVID/Flu vaccine Thursday, Sep 9 2021 

The shot will combine Moderna's current COVID-19 vaccine with a new flu vaccine that is still under development.

Free concert series kicks off at KFC Yum! Center Thursday, Sep 9 2021 

The Pepsi Plaza Concert Series will feature local and regional artists across a variety of genres, as well as games, food trucks, and roving entertainment.

        

Silver Creek teachers open free school laundromat for students in need Thursday, Sep 9 2021 

The school can help send kids home with a bag of clean clothes — and meet some of their basic needs.

Rand Paul honors LMPD officers who stopped armed double shooting suspect Thursday, Sep 9 2021 

LMPD said Joseph Hardison tackled Weston after he had pointed a gun at another officer involved in the chase.

Billtown Road to I-265 east ramp to close overnight Thursday, Sep 9 2021 

If you take this ramp, detour signs will be posted.

Rural Kentucky communities lead charge in suicide prevention in schools Thursday, Sep 9 2021 

Small districts battle reputation of being behind in mental health and suicide awareness, leading charge in prevention efforts

        

Only Murders in the Building: TV Review/ Podcast Thursday, Sep 9 2021 

So Steve Martin’s, Martin Short’s and Selena Gomez’s characters live in one of those hotsy totsy NYC co-ops. Upper East Side, Upper West Side, uh, not sure.

Anyway, they’re not very friendly to each other, hardly know each other.

Then, a fellow resident dies. Police rule it a suicide.

In the aftermath, the trio learn of their shared affinity for a crime podcast.

They believe the death to be a murder. So, amateur sleuths, together now they investigate on their own.

Then, start their own podcast.

That’s the set up to this new Hulu streaming series. It’s four episodes in. New ones drop on Tuesdays.

My take.

This is where you’ll need to listen to my podcast review. The link is just below.

Audio MP3

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Kentucky Senate plan to let immunity test equal proof of COVID-19 vaccine dies in House Thursday, Sep 9 2021 

The temporary measure would have applied to only state employees and state venues, but it failed late Thursday in the House.

      

2 LMPD officers recognized by Sen. Paul for actions during arrest of shooting suspect Thursday, Sep 9 2021 

Officers Joseph Hardison and Mike Faulkner responded to the shooting of two women outside Cox's Smoker’s Outlet on July 26.

        

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