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West Chester University To Stay Remote Into Spring Semester

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WEST CHESTER, PA — West Chester University officials announced today that spring semester classes will continue with remote instruction, a move they say is precautionary with a view to a predicted second wave of the coronavirus.

“With the nation continuing to experience spikes in COVID-19 and scientists predicting a new surge due to cold weather, West Chester University is taking extra precautions to protect the community from a forecasted second wave of the virus by continuing remote and some hybrid (meaning both remote and in-person) academic instruction through the spring semester,” the university said in a media release Wednesday morning.

The university made the announcement this week in order to allow students and their families to plan as they soon being selecting their spring semester courses.

“Continuing remote instruction through spring 2021 will ensure that WCU students will be able to earn credits for academic degrees in an uninterrupted manner,” said West Chester University President Christopher Fiorentino.

“There is not enough information on the availability of rapid testing or a vaccine on a sufficient scale for us to be confident enough to announce and plan for a spring semester that includes a return to in-person instruction,” he added.

The university said it will continue to provide COVID-19 relief credits to both in-state and out-of-state students, full-time and part-time, for spring 2021, which will lower the total combined costs of tuition and fees.

Spring 2021 instruction will be delivered via Zoom Conferencing, Skype, email, and a variety of other remote modes of course delivery as determined by WCU faculty, much like it was delivered in fall. Some courses will continue to be offered in a hybrid format (both remote and in-person) to assist students with clinical placements, student teaching, performance obligations, internship sites, and similar academic responsibilities.

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‘Hopefully I stay here my whole career’

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Javy Báez wants to remain with Cubs for rest of career originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Cubs season just ended with a sweep to the Marlins in the NL Wild Card Series. What the future holds is unclear, but if one thing is certain, it’s that shortstop Javier Báez wants to remain a Cub for life.

“I hope I never leave this city in my whole career, but anything can happen,” Báez said after Friday’s game. “Hopefully I stay here my whole career.

“I love the fans, the dedication that they got for this team, and the other teams in the other sports for Chicago. We’ll see what happens and hopefully I’ll stay here.

Báez, who’s under contract through next season, and the Cubs were discussing a contract extension last offseason. He expressed optimism that talks were progressing in March prior to baseball’s COVID-19 shutdown. 

MLB has felt the pandemic’s financial impact in this 60-game season, and the financial outlook for next season and beyond is hard to predict. Báez feels comfortable in Chicago and with the Cubs, the only organization he’s ever known.

“I’m pretty sure there’s not another organization like this one,” he said. “I’ve never been in another one but I feel like everybody that comes through here, they don’t want to leave.”

As far as his future goes, Anthony Rizzo could become a free agent this winter. The Cubs hold a $16.5 million option on his contract for 2021, the final year of the deal.

“I’m not worried about that stuff,” Rizzo said Friday. “This life will take care of itself. Everything will take care of itself the way it’s supposed to.

“I’ll just leave it at that.”

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