Fraternity at Boston University sanctions some of its members for attending party with no COVID-19 safety rules

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Some Phi Chi Theta members at Boston University have been suspended by their fraternity after an Instagram posting showed them attending a social gathering where COVID-19 guidelines were not followed, the fraternity said on its website.

Phi Chi Theta is a co-ed fraternity associated with Boston University and its business education programming. The event was not sponsored by Phi Chi Theta, but several fraternity members attended, the fraternity said.

“As you may know, there was a video circulating about a gathering that had members of this organization involved,” the organization said in a statement posted on its webpage. “We have taken appropriate steps to ensure this situation does not ever happen again and have suspended these members from PCT activities.”

The fraternity, which is mixed gender, distanced itself from those who attended. “We’re aware of how serious this problem is, and we do not condone our members’ choices, the posting reads, with the final phrase in bold. “Please understand that these behaviors are not representative of our values or the majority sentiment of our members.

According to The Daily Free Press, the student-run independent newspaper, BU administrators have placed the fraternity on “probation” and that 15 students were shown on the video gathering with fraternity alumnae.

The video has since been taken down, the Free Press reported.

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Sacred Heart University suspends 109 students for violating coronavirus safety protocols

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Sacred Heart University suspended more than 100 students for violating coronavirus safety measures, officials said Tuesday, as campuses across America continue struggling to keep kids in check.

The Catholic school in Fairfield, Connecticut, has almost 10,000 undergrads and graduate students. It took action against 109 pupils this semester with suspensions of 7, 14 or 30 days. Two students have been removed from campus altogether for the rest of this term, Sacred Heart spokeswoman Deborah Noack said.

The violations were not wearing masks, failing to keep social distance, gathering in groups of more than 12 or having unauthorized guests.

Sacred Heart is operating in a hybrid model, with classes split between in-person and remote lectures — though any student has the right to go all-online.

Suspended students can still take their classes online, but cannot set foot on campus or participate in any other school activities.

Noack said she had a degree of sympathy for the suspended students.

“It’s understandable in a way, when you think about how much they’re going through and how much they’re missing the traditional college experience,” Noack told NBC News on Tuesday. “So yeah, I get it.”

But she added, “It’s not the right thing to do and there are consequences. But it’s hard to not do what you’re used to doing.”

Southern Methodist University students watch the game between their team the Mustangs and the Memphis Tigers in Dallas on Oct. 3, 2020.Tim Heitman / USA TODAY Sports

The Sacred Heart revelation came days after police moved in on the student section at a Southern Methodist University football game when the young fans didn’t wear masks or spread out. The odd scene played out late in the first half of SMU’s game agains Memphis at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas.

Some of the


Liberals to announce community safety plan as NDP focuses on education Thursday

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BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson will be in Vancouver on Thursday to discuss his plans for community safety.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson removes his face mask before speaking during a campaign stop in Vancouver, on Saturday, September 26, 2020. A provincial election will be held in British Columbia on October 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson removes his face mask before speaking during a campaign stop in Vancouver, on Saturday, September 26, 2020. A provincial election will be held in British Columbia on October 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Wilkinson is expected to roll out solutions to address community concerns over tent cities emerging in parks across the province. The Liberal leader has focused the early part of the campaign on community concerns connected to homelessness issues in Maple Ridge, Vancouver and Victoria.

The BC Liberals have spent the last three days talking about cutting the PST for the next year if elected. On Thursday, Wilkinson will be alongside Liberal candidates George Affleck, Jas Johal and Cheryl Ashlie.

Wilkinson is attempting to address both the issues connected with addictions and homelessness while addressing the concerns of communities members who are worried about an increase in crime and violence in their neighbourhoods due to the encampments.

Green Party Leader Sonia Furstenau will be in Sidney tomorrow to announce the party’s plan for long-term care.

The BC Greens have been calling for accountability in the long-term care sector for months.

The Greens have raised concerns about the transfer between the provincial government and the contracted care home sector in British Columbia as one of the largest transactions that takes place at $1.3 billion a year.

The party has stated there is a significant lack of accountability, monitoring, transparency and financial oversight in these transactions, which raises serious concerns in the sector.

“As a province, we must do more to protect the well-being of our seniors and envision quality health care as a right. We do not have all of the information we need to improve the


Online Alcohol Safety Education Program Available at No Cost for High School Students in Florida, Texas, and New York

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– Digital course helps students make better choices about alcohol safety and gives teachers additional e-learning resources during COVID-19 –

The Youth Alcohol Awareness and Education Foundation, Inc.—established by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits to fund programs that support alcohol safety and underage drinking prevention—today announced the AlcoholEdu for High School online curriculum is now available at no cost for all public and private high schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida, Dallas and Collin counties in Texas, and Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, and Richmond counties in New York for the 2020-2021 school year. After successfully launching the program in South Florida in 2017 and then Dallas in 2019, the Youth Alcohol Awareness and Education Foundation is proud to further expand the AlcoholEdu for High School program into New York for this latest school year. The program will be available in these three markets for the next three years, through the 2022-2023 school year.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201001005027/en/

Developed by leading education technology company EVERFI, AlcoholEdu for High School is a 90-minute, interactive course that engages students with science-based alcohol education and interactive exercises, providing an individualized experience that changes perceptions, motivates behavior change, and supports healthier decisions regarding alcohol.

With more than 55.1 million students across 124,000 schools in the U.S. impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been increased interest in digital education programs such as AlcoholEdu for High School that help lighten the load for teachers and districts and provide students with critical education resources. More than 7,600 students completed Southern Glazer’s AlcoholEdu for High School course in the 2019-2020 school year, with nearly half of those taking the course after school closures began in mid-March. Since the kickoff of Southern Glazer’s program in 2017, the initiative


High radiation on moon means lunar bases should be buried for safety

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  • NASA recently unveiled the plan for its Artemis program, a series of missions that would return astronauts to the moon. 
  • A new study reveals how much radiation astronauts are exposed to on the lunar surface: a daily dose about 200 times greater than on Earth.
  • NASA wants to build a base on the moon, but the new data suggests it’d be safest to bury such a base under 2.5 feet of moon dirt to protect astronauts from radiation. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

NASA wants to build a permanent base on the moon by the 2030s — a place astronauts could stay for extended visits at the lunar south pole.

But according to a new study, any astronauts who go there would face levels of radiation nearly three times higher than what the astronauts on the space station deal with. In high enough doses, long-term exposure to this cosmic radiation poses significant health risks, including cataracts, cancer, and central nervous system diseases. 

The new research, published last week in the journal Science, calculates for the first time what a moon-walker’s daily dose of radiation would be — a number not previously known.

“If you think about people staying on the moon for extended periods of time, say on a scientific research station for a year or two, then these levels start getting problematic,” Robert Wimmer-Schweingruber, a co-author of the new study, told Business Insider. 

The solution, he said, would be for any lunar base to be built beneath the moon’s surface.

“Covering your habitat with sufficient amounts of lunar dirt should do the trick,” Wimmer-Schweingruber said.

The first study to calculate radiation on the moon

Apollo astronauts carried radiation-measuring instruments on their missions in the 1960s and 70s, but those dosimeters could only tell scientists the total amount

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