Normally, homeowners call the nearest plumber to fix a leaky faucet. But during a pandemic where homeowners want to avoid having people over as much as possible, Nick Ornitz ’16 founded Dwelling, a start-up that offers virtual home maintenance assistance. Ornitz founded Dwelling this past March with Shannon Kay, a classmate of his at Harvard Business School. The two came up with the idea of what Ornitz calls “telemedicine for the home” earlier in the year, and accelerated the release of the service when the pandemic made in-person maintenance visits difficult.
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The student services team at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management launched a Community Summer Projects program that matched 43 undergraduate students with 27 local businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Ohio State’s next round of applicants will have one less item to submit in the application process: their ACT or SAT scores. The university announced in a Monday press release that submitting the college entrance exams scores will be optional for most high school and transfer students applying to Columbus campus for the 2021-22 academic year due to testing challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Financial software company nCino (NCNO) raised $250 million with an initial public offering late Monday that far exceeded expectations. The nCino IPO soared by triple digits. The company priced shares at $31, above its estimated range of $28 to $29. It initially planned to price shares in a range of $22 to $24. NCino stock nearly tripled, catapulting 195.5% to close at 91.59 on the stock market today.
It’s a hectic time to be covering colleges. University presidents and administrators are feverishly designing plans to bring students back to their campuses — or install a respectable online-learning plan. Faculty members are assembling syllabi and course plans, not knowing what form their instruction will take week to week. And students are forced to navigate public-health directives, campus policies, and their own personal needs. What will higher education look like when a desire for normalcy clashes with an unrelenting virus?
Bureaucrats Put the Squeeze on College Newspapers
In September 2017, Rebecca Liebson broke the biggest story of her college career and put her school’s administration on its heels. In a faculty senate meeting that month, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley announced a series of impending budget cuts, department closures, and layoffs that would eliminate the jobs of more than 20 professors. Liebson, a reporter for the student newspaper The Statesman, was the only journalist in the room. Her story went viral in the Stony Brook community, precipitating campuswide outrage and months of student protests.
After a 53-year long career at Cornell spent shaping the field of computer science and its disciples, Prof. John Hopcroft delivered his final lecture to an empty lecture hall on April 29. It was not how he envisioned his last hurrah. “It’s fundamentally different to teach a hundred students when they’re physically there and you can interact with them, and when you’re giving a lecture to an empty hall and simply being videotaped,” Hopcroft said in an interview with The Sun.
The US president stokes division as the virus rages, while the prime minister of Canada – where the outbreak appears to be stabilizing – has fostered a shared sense of duty. Donald Trump marked the Fourth of July with an apocalyptic speech at Mount Rushmore in which he stoked partisan grievance and deployed racist dog whistles, ignoring calls for unity as coronavirus cases surge.