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Coronavirus outbreak at USC’s fraternity row leaves at least 40 people infected

Around 40 individuals living near the USC campus on fraternity-filled 28th Street have tested positive for COVID-19. Nearly 150 student and faculty have contracted the virus. <span class="copyright">(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Around 40 individuals living near the USC campus on fraternity-filled 28th Street have tested positive for COVID-19. Nearly 150 student and faculty have contracted the virus. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

USC is dealing with an outbreak of the coronavirus spread across the university’s Greek row.

The school has detected around 40 positive COVID-19 cases involving individuals living on 28th Street, where many fraternity groups associated with the university are based, chief student health officer Sarah Van Orman said.

“A significant number of the cases were associated with four fraternity houses,” Van Orman said. To date, around 150 USC students and employees have tested positive.

USC and other universities have adapted to the coronavirus in an effort to keep students, staff and local communities safe during the pandemic. Many schools, including UCLA and USC, have moved the vast majority of fall semester classes online and canceled events,

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Class of 2020 leaves Maryland colleges to find uniquely bleak job market crushed by pandemic, recession

It’s a well-worn detour for college graduates — the art history major who waits tables while waiting for a “real” job at a museum, others who send out dozens of applications while in the meantime folding T-shirts at Gap or taking latte orders at Starbucks.

But the Class of 2020 is graduating into a uniquely bleak job market — in their chosen fields and even for those once reliable fallbacks. The coronavirus pandemic and the economic recession have employers across multiple industries shedding rather than adding staff.

“Nobody is hiring,” said University of Baltimore economist Richard Clinch. “Even in the Great Recession, you still had the possibility of getting a lower-skilled job. But now, retail and restaurants and entertainment are doing terribly and will continue to do terribly.”

One in five recent college graduates in their early 20s was jobless in June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,

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ICE order leaves foreign students helpless

A new federal immigration directive that threatens the deportation of international college students who take all of their classes online this fall left Florida college administrators scrambling and students panicking about their futures.

The directive issued Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says all students with F-1 or M-1 student visas in the U.S. must go back to their home countries if their courses are entirely online in the fall, a measure many colleges and universities are adopting due to the spread of the coronavirus. Harvard University announced Monday that all of its teaching will be done remotely for the fall semester

The measure is expected to impact at least 1 million students nationwide and more than 10,000 students in the South Florida region, according to ICE officials, local university statistics and College Factual, a New York-based company that gathers college data from the Department of Education.

International students,

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