Penn State Today QuickCast: February 9, 2016


HI, I’M MARIAM SYLLA. AND I’M DEESHA THOSAR. THIS IS A PENN STATE
TODAY QUICKCAST UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES HAS ISSUED A NOROVIRUS
WARNING. COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE STOMACH FLU, THE NOROVIRUS
IS HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS AND CAUSES STOMACH PAIN, NAUSEA, AND DIARRHEA. THE ILLNESS CAN LAST
UP TO THREE DAYS AND CAN BE SERIOUS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND OLDER ADULTS. LEADING UP TO THON,
U-H-S URGES STUDENTS TO STAY AT HOME AND AWAY FROM PEOPLE WITH COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEMS
IF THEY EXPERIENCE SYMPTOMS OF THE VIRUS. THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COALITION AT PENN STATE
IS RALLYING SUPPORT FOR A CAUSE FAR FROM HOME. WHEN THEY HEARD ABOUT LEAD CONTAMINATION IN
THE WATER IN FLINT MICHIGAN, THE COALITION SPRANG INTO ACTION. FOR THE PAST TWO WEEKS, DAVIS AND THE COALITION
HAVE BEEN COLLECTING WATER AND MONEY FROM STUDENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS ON CAMPUS.
SO FAR THEY’VE COLLECTED MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED CASES AND GALLONS OF WATER AS WELL AS NINE
HUNDRED DOLLARS. “we empathize with this situation. We feel
like this is something that if we were in this community at the time we would want help
from others as well, so we had to get involved because we, we’re all about activism. ” THE STUDENTS PLAN ON DELIVERING THE WATER
AND MONEY TO FAMILIES IN FLINT OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. PENN STATE UNIVERSITY’S WORLD CAMPUS IS MOVING
UP. U-S NEWS AND WORLD REPORT RANKS WORLD CAMPUS
NUMBER ONE AMONG ONLINE BACHELORS’ PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTRY. THE WORLD CAMPUS CLIMBED FROM
NUMBER THREE IN THE 2014 RANKINGS. THE SURVEY LOOKED AT CATEGORIES INCLUDING STUDENT ENGAGEMENT,
FACULTY CREDENTIALS, STUDENT SERVICES, AND OTHERS AT NEARLY 300 INSTITUTIONS. WORLD CAMPUS ALSO RANKS WITHIN THE TOP 10
FOR BEST ONLINE GRADUATE PROGRAMS. PRESIDENT BARRON’S TASK FORCE CREATED TO REVIEW
GREEK LIFE AT PENN STATE HAS STARTED MEETING WITH CONCERNED GROUPS. A GROUP OF FRATERNITY AND SORORITY PRESIDENTS
MET WITH MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE RECENTLY TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS FOR IMPROVING COMMUNITY
RELATIONS, MEMBER EDUCATION, AND REPORTS OF MISCONDUCT.
IN THE FUTURE THEY PLAN TO MEET WITH OTHER STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS. THE FINDINGS OF THIS MEETING WILL BE MADE
PUBLIC LATER THIS SEMESTER. IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH THE
PENN STATE CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE OR THE
NAACP TOOK A TRIP TO THE FIRST BLACK WAX MUSEUM IN AMERICA. STUDENTS WERE ABLE TO MEET FAMOUS BLACK HISTORICAL
FIGURES FROM ANCIENT AFRICAN RULERS, TO CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS AND EVEN PRESIDENT OBAMA. It is something that everyone needs to see
and experience for themselves. It’s a great thing for our organization on the Penn State
campus to raise some different types of cultural and educational awareness amongst the African
America community * THE CHAPTER HOPES THE TRIP WILL OFFER A WAY
TO PRESERVE BLACK HISTORY AND CULTURE WHILE PROVIDING A SENSE OF PRIDE IN STUDENTS. THAT’S ALL FOR THIS PENN STATE TODAY QUICKCAST. FOR MORE, GO TO OUR WEBSITE: COM-MEDIA DOT
P-S-U DOT EDU TO SEE STUDENT-PRODUCED NEWS FROM THE COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATIONS. HAVE A
GREAT DAY.

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