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OPINION: Students, admin are both to blame for COVID spike

It's tempting to cast blame on one group, but students and admin are both equally responsible for the COVID-19 problems in Pullman.

MEGHAN HENRY, Evergreen columnist

September 17, 2020

As COVID-19 cases rise dramatically in the Pullman, people are beginning to point fingers, and many are choosing sides. In most people’s minds, it’s either the students or the administration who should take the blame for the sudden jump. But with such last-minute decisions made by the university,...

OPINION: Online learning hurts rural students

Wi-Fi issues, resource allocation, lack of electronics — these are all problems affecting rural students with little to no access to the necessities that go along with online school and college courses.

MACKENNA ROWE, Evergreen columnist

September 17, 2020

The world feels like it’s ending. The stress of economics, pandemics and now fires affect most students and families in Washington. These stresses also affect education for students, especially those in rural areas. Around 57 percent of school districts in America are rural, as of 2010. Rural com...

OPINION: Pullman students came back for many reasons

Students came back in large numbers this fall – but the reasons why aren't always so clear.

GRACE LAPIERRE, Evergreen columnist

September 15, 2020

Those of us who came back to Pullman know why we did. Sometimes, though, it is hard not to wonder why someone else returned in spite of the risk, and especially given the university's guidelines. While I had already signed my lease — as had my roommates — before WSU asked students not to come...

OPINION: Students need to follow COVID-19 guidelines

WSU's rate of COVID-19 cases is going up, but only because students aren't obeying social distancing guidelines.

MACKENNA ROWE, Evergreen columnist

September 2, 2020

Whitman County has seen a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases as students return to Pullman. The case surge was created by an unexpectedly high number of students moving back — some of whom are not following safety guidelines. WSU and Pullman are taking steps to help keep their residents safe? Phil Weiler, WSU vice...

OPINION: COVID-19’s effect on high school grads

The high school class of 2020 has dealt with online graduations, Zoom classes and much more. How will they adapt to college life?

JOEY FRANKLIN, Evergreen columnist

August 26, 2020

Senior year did not turn out as expected for high school students anywhere. On March 13, Gov. Jay Inslee ordered schools to shut down in-person classes and move to online learning. This was not a huge shock due to coronavirus concerns, and without schools closing, the virus could have been transmitted...

OPINION: More freshmen in medical school

The students of today will be the doctors of tomorrow; but do we need more of them?

MACKENNA ROWE, Evergreen columnist

August 25, 2020

Since the 1918 influenza pandemic, health workers have been preparing for the next one to hit. It's still a hotly debated question as to whether having more people join the medical field would make a difference in a future pandemic. In 2019, over 50,000 students applied to medical school. Out of those, only about 20,000 of those students got acce...

OPINION: WSU needs to provide more housing assistance to students

WSU needs to offer more assistance and help to students who were kicked off campus because of COVID-19.

SARAH DANIELS, Evergreen columnist

July 22, 2020

Like it or not, WSU has decided to offer as many in-person courses as possible. WSU administration consistently, and I believe truthfully, claims that students’ lives are a priority. However, there are certainly some eyebrow-raising reactions that make it seem like maybe WSU wasn’t prepared to deal...

OPINION: Local businesses deserve support during COVID-19

Government loans have been going to large corporations like Amazon, but we should be more worried about small businesses and individuals.

MACKENNA ROWE, Evergreen columnist

July 22, 2020

We live in a time where Prime delivery offered by Amazon comes in a few days. Walmart can deliver groceries and gaming systems to cars. Food service companies can drop off food right to a front door. What about neighbors or even friends who own local businesses? The story for small businesses is a little...

OPINION: Freshmen have to make a choice this semester

The pandemic has forced many college students to reconsider their options, like whether or not to take a gap year.

ADAM HUREAU, Evergreen columnist

July 22, 2020

There is no question that this fall is going to look different. Classes, football games and even parties will all have changed. This might leave freshman uncertain as to whether or not they should come to college. For some, postponing college could be an extremely viable option, maybe even the best...

Bats must be studied more to understand transmission of viruses, researchers say

Scientists do not fully understand how bats have so many viruses that can spill over to humans, a WSU researcher says. When humans contract a virus from bats, it can cause disease and death.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 20, 2020

In a literature review, WSU researchers determined bats must be studied more. This is because scientists do not know enough about how to lessen the threats they pose to human health.  When bat viruses jump to another species, they tend to be highly pathogenic, said Stephanie Seifert, assistant p...

OPINION: A radically different freshman experience

As August approaches, WSU's incoming freshmen will face new challenges related to COVID-19.

MACKENNA ROWE, Evergreen columnist

July 15, 2020

In March, schools across the world had to switch formats and completely shut down due to COVID-19. As August approaches, accommodations are still needed to continue with the 2020-2021 school year. Many first-year students had high hopes for the fall and being back in-person at WSU. Though this is...

OPINION: Keep DACA in place

DACA recipients are the backbone of this country and the survival of the bill ensures their continued residency.

CLAIRE PADILLA, Evergreen columnist

July 8, 2020

In mid-June 2020, President Donald Trump moved to end the DACA program and its protection over undocumented immigrants. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Trump is unable to end the program because he did not go about the correct way of revoking it. Diana Rivera, DACA recipient and sophomore digital...

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