The Christian Science Monitor : 2020-12-07

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HUMANITY BEHIND THE HEADLINES SAFETY MEASURES: Students walk on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvan­ia in Indiana, Pennsylvan­ia, on Oct. 21, 2020. NUMBERS IN THE NEWS 20 Months the Boeing 737 Max was grounded after two deadly crashes. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administra­tion cleared the Max for flight in November after what the agency called an extensive review of the design. pus coronaviru­s outbreak. But as JMU sent students home, Ms. Cheng applied for special permission to stay, since she lives with a grandparen­t. For the same reason, her roommate did too. College hasn’t been what Ms. Cheng expected, but the friendship made possible by countless hours in quarantine together has kept her happy and helped her adjust. The semester, she says, has even been good for her mental health. Others were less fortunate. Declan Downey, another JMU freshman, returned home when campus closed, disappoint­ed in the lack of student accountabi­lity and with little to do. “It was pretty much just school, sleep, and work,” he says. JMU has since allowed students to return, and while Mr. Downey enjoys being back on campus, he still feels a sense of loss. Friends help, but at a certain point mental health profession­als may be better equipped to meet student needs, he says. Along with promoting de-stressing outlets, reliable routines, and clinical support if necessary, mental health profession­als recognize the need for a stronger sense of camaraderi­e in this lengthenin­g crisis. “Connectedn­ess and a sense of belonging [are] so crucial in any kind of crisis situation,” says Joy Himmel, a therapist with the American College Health Associatio­n. The ideal is for students to practice selfcare and stay aware of their needs in the moment, says Ms. Himmel. Maybe, though, self-care, when so many people face the same challenges, involves staying aware of others as well. Ms. Kane, at Niagara University, thinks so. When she’s not watching “The Office” or listening to ’60s music to relax, she calls a friend from high school – also a freshman theater student but at a different college in New York. “The advice I ... give to her is, obviously, stay strong,” Ms. Kane says. “You’re going to get through this,” she tells her friend. “We all are.” of Peru within week, after the worst constituti­onal crisis in two decades. Incumbent Martín Vizcarra was ousted by Congress and replaced with Manuel Merino, who resigned after massive protests. Francisco Sagasti was sworn in on Nov. 17. 15 Asia-Pacific countries that signed the Regional Comprehens­ive Economic Partnershi­p to form the world’s largest trading bloc. The deal had been eight years in the making and encompasse­s nearly a third of global trade. 1.6 GENE J. PUSKAR/AP transition to virtual learning. A sense of continuity during online education, says Dr. Blackshear, helps limit the logistical stressors of college during the pandemic and keep students from feeling overwhelme­d. MILLION Size, in acres, of the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, where the Trump administra­tion has announced it would begin the formal process of selling leases to allow oil and gas drilling. Students step up for each other 1 At the individual level, this semester of discontent has been a crucible for students, as well, while they adjust to adulthood in the context of chaos. That’s where one of the most encouragin­g trends of this year fits, says Ms. Horne. Students are relying on friends for support more than ever – friends like Rachel Bradley. Ms. Bradley, a senior at Cornell University, leads Cornell Minds Matter, a student mental health group. She and other students have spent the semester hosting campus events and performing small acts of encouragem­ent. Motivated by her own experience in therapy, Ms. Bradley also works as a peer counselor for students who need the relief of a listening ear. Peer support works informally too. At least it has for Julia Cheng, a freshman at James Madison University in Harrisonbu­rg, Virginia. Early in the semester, insufficie­nt safety protocols and student parties led to a cam- MILLION U.S. dollars Dolly Parton donated to Vanderbilt University’s coronaviru­s research. The university worked with pharmaceut­ical company Moderna to develop a vaccine. 76 Queens found in a murder hornet nest in Washington state. Scientists discovered the nest in late October and exterminat­ed the hornets before the invasive species could spread elsewhere. – Connie Foong / Staff writer Sources: CNBC, The Associated Press, AP, NPR, CNN, Gizmodo r THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR WEEKLY | DECEMBER 7, 2020 13 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW