This report was updated Aug. 20 at 10:05 p.m.In an email to students Thursday afternoon, interim vice president for student affairs Gloria Roldán Jenkins announced the immediate change to the visitor policy which will last at least two weeks. In addition, visitors may not visit public areas on campus grounds.“As we seek to limit exposure to the virus for students on our campus, effective immediately and for at least the next two weeks, students at Saint Mary’s may not have visitors on campus grounds,” Jenkins said. “This includes visitors from our tri-campus community, and the general external population. It also affects visits in public areas on campus grounds, including those in cars, on the nature trail, and walks on our pathways.”Though students in residence halls can continue to visit each other using the proper safety protocols, off-campus students can no longer visit students living in dorms.Jenkins also reaffirmed the College’s commitment to uphold the decisions by Notre Dame and Holy Cross to not allow Saint Mary’s visitors on their campuses. Alternative plans are in place for students who take classes outside their home campus, so they can continue their coursework virtually.“We are joining our neighbors in their endeavor to maintain a safe and healthy community by supporting their decision to not allow Saint Mary’s students to visit Notre Dame and Holy Cross College campuses for the next two weeks,” Jenkins said. “Saint Mary’s students enrolled in classes at Notre Dame and Holy Cross will participate in their classes virtually. Notre Dame and Holy Cross students who have classes at Saint Mary’s can also participate in their classes virtually.”Jenkins encouraged students to report anyone who makes them feel uncomfortable with their noncompliance to the policy via a Student Concern Form. She also warned that anyone in serious violation of new standards will face disciplinary measures, including the potential removal from the College.“Belles, while Saint Mary’s is part of a tri-campus community, we are a fully independent campus,” Jenkins said. “Our choices are our own. Because of this, we have an opportunity to take action — and limit the virus on our campus. Please do your part and hold others accountable for doing theirs.”In a second email Thursday evening, interim vice president for student affairs Gloria Roldán Jenkins announced that for at least the next two weeks, informal social gatherings will be limited to 15 people.“This does not include classroom instruction, Mass, student organization approved events and meetings or other formal student events,” Jenkins said.Jenkins went on to ask students to dramatically decrease their time off campus and only attend essential events.Jenkins referred students to the College’s Live, Learn, Work page for daily updates on positive cases.“For the protection of everyone, it is imperative that you are aware of how many positive cases there are in our College community,” Jenkins said. “Our online COVID-19 status is updated daily with the number of positive cases. This number reflects all those whose tests are conducted on campus, as well as those reported tests off campus.”Additionally, Jenkins reminded students to report all positive results to the Health and Counseling Center.“As a reminder, you must report your COVID test results to Health and Counseling by calling 574-284-4805, even if the test was conducted at a local laboratory,” Jenkins said.Tags: COVID-19, fall 2020, Gloria Jenkins, Saint Mary’s College
Traders see a 100 percent chance of a 50 basis point rate cut at the Fed’s March meeting, according to CME Group’s FedWatch tool.The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 5.09 percent to end at 26,703.32 points, while the S&P 500 surged 4.60 percent to 3,090.23.The Nasdaq Composite added 4.49 percent to 8,952.17.Trading was very busy on US exchanges, with 14 billion shares changing hands compared with a 9.5 billion-share average for the last 20 days.The S&P 500 information technology index jumped 5.7 percent in its strongest session since December 2018.The Institute for Supply Management said domestic manufacturing activity barely expanded last month due to supply issues stemming from the virus outbreak.“The Fed can cut rates all it wants, that is not going to put a person in a factory producing a product if that person is quarantined,” said Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives for Charles Schwab in Austin, Texas.“I don’t think (monetary policy) solves the problem … This particular one is both supply and demand, it will help but it won’t fix the problem.”Cancer drug developer Forty Seven Inc soared 62 percent after larger peer Gilead Sciences made a US$4.9 billion offer for the firm. Gilead jumped 8.71 percent.Surgical mask maker Alpha Pro Tech Ltd tumbled 22 percent but remains up over 350 percent year-to-date.Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 4.32-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 2.69-to-1 ratio favored advancers.The S&P 500 posted no new 52-week highs and 18 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 27 new highs and 149 new lows.Topics : The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged over 5 percent on Monday while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq each jumped more than 4 percent in a major rebound following last week’s steep sell-off sparked by fears about the coronavirus.After the stock market extended gains in the session’s final minutes, the Dow wrapped up its strongest one-day gain since 2009, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq each had their strongest one-day rise since December 2018.That rally followed the US stock market’s worst week since the 2008 financial crisis, sinking into correction territory on Thursday due to fears of a recession resulting from the epidemic. The S&P 500 remains down 8.7 percent from its Feb. 19 record high close. Many investors will consider the index to remain in a correction until it reclaims its high.Apple jumped 9.3 percent in its largest one-session leap since 2008. The iPhone maker is still down nearly 9 percent from its record high close on Feb. 12.Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Monday that Japan’s central bank would take necessary steps to stabilize financial markets. That followed a similar move by Fed Chair Jerome Powell last Friday.“We can shrug off an economic downturn, but if it starts to spill into companies’ capacity to pay their debts, then that creates deeper problems. But it seems to me like the central banks are linking arms to find a way to insulate the credit markets from economic uncertainty,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Cresset Wealth Advisors in Chicago.
Ghana striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom was unable to complete Tuesday evening’s training session after sustaining an injury.The 19-year-old picked up the injury while going in for a tackle with an unnoticed teammate.The on loan Juventus striker at Italian Serie-B club Sassuolo limped off the pitch with the unspecified injury.The Black Stars medical team will assess his condition later in the evening and if necessary, will take him to the hospital tomorrow morning for further examination.The injury to Boakye-Yiadom compounds the fitness situation in the Ghana camp ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations which commences this weekend.Ghana is already sweating on the fitness of defender Isaac Vorsah and midfielder Anthony Annan who are battling minor injuries. Coach Akwasi Appiah will be hoping to have all his players fit for Ghana’s opening game against DR Congo on Sunday.The team is expected to travel to South Africa on Wednesday – four clear days towards their opening Group B encounter.The Black Stars who will be based in Port Elizabeth will also face Mali and Niger at the group stage.