Day: October 10, 2020

CSU sees 12% drop in freshman enrollment during pandemic, but online education surging

Enrollment at Colorado State University is down in multiple categories — freshmen, undergraduates, international students and first-generation students — though the number of people signing up for online education has risen, a reflection of student behavior during the COVID-19 era, university officials said Friday.

Total enrollment on the Fort Collins campus decreased 3.6%, with a total headcount of 27,835 this fall, and 3.3% at the Pueblo campus, for a total of 3,716 students this semester.

“Remarkably during a pandemic year, CSU Pueblo increased student retention more than at any time in the last decade (a 5 percentage point increase) and CSU in Fort Collins held steady, retaining 85.3% of its 2019 freshman class, exactly the same percentage as the previous year when COVID-19 was not a factor,” CSU officials said in a news release.

The Fort Collins campus welcomed 23,590 undergraduates this fall, a 4.1% decline from last year with

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University of Michigan files complaint against graduate instructor strike

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The University of Michigan filed a complaint and motion in Washtenaw County Circuit Court on Monday, requiring the Graduate Employee Organization to return to work. 

U-M is seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the graduate instructors union’s strike. On Sunday, 80% of union members voted to extend the strike, which started on Sept. 8, for another five days.

“Going to the court was our only choice after learning the strike would continue. We’d much rather our classes be in session while we work out our differences,” U-M President Mark Schlissel said in a video to the campus community. 

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If the court grants the injunction, GEO members — who refuse to work — could be held in contempt of court, according to a university statement. The group could also face civil damages because of

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Learn the history of the Mercury Seven in ‘The Right Stuff’ | How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time

The Right Stuff details the incredible story of America’s very first astronauts, the Mercury Seven, in its premiere on Disney+ today, Friday, October 9.

In 1959, a newly formed agency NASA was put up to the impossible task of catching up to the Soviet Union in the space race. By 1957, the Soviet Union had already launched the first artificial satellite into space, so NASA launched their search for America’s very first astronauts in an attempt to put the first manned aircraft into space.

Engineers estimated that getting the first man into space would take 10 years, but NASA was given just two years to complete the task. Project Mercury was set up to recruit these astronauts, and out of 508 of the top military pilots, just seven emerged to become the Mercury Seven.

In this new series, you’ll hear about a time when America thought our glory days were

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Ayoola A. Ajayi pleads guilty


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Published 6:05 p.m. ET Oct. 7, 2020

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SALT LAKE CITY — A tech worker pleaded guilty in the death of a Utah college student Wednesday, more than a year after her disappearance sparked a large-scale search that ended with the discovery of her charred remains in his backyard. 

Ayoola A. Ajayi is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the death of 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck. He pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and desecration of a corpse in an agreement with prosecutors that took the possibility of the death penalty off the table. 

She went missing in June 2019, after returning from a trip home to El Segundo, California, for her grandmother’s funeral. Lueck exchanged text messages with Ajayi, 32, and took a Lyft to meet him in a park, apparently willingly, prosecutors

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