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Blank hopes for a “typical” Fall 2021 semester

Daily Cardinal

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank said she is hopeful for a typical, in-person fall semester in 2021 at a virtual event on Thursday. “Virtual learning is not a substitute for residential education,” said Blank. “There’s a good amount of research that says the type of interactions and discussions you have face-to-face are very different from those you have in Zoom squares.”

UW leaders visit campus vaccine clinic, plan to scale up operations

NBC-15

UW Chancellor Blank and other UW System leaders took a tour of a campus vaccine clinic Tuesday, as the university plans to scale up operations as more COVID-19 vaccines become available. The Nicholas Recreation Center, or ‘Nick,’ became a vaccine clinic for UHS in February. According to UW, the university has administered nearly 10,500 COVID-19 vaccine doses to its community.

Pandemic, lack of spring break strains UW-Madison students’ mental health

Wisconsin State Journal

While UW-Madison students are hopeful about vaccination efforts ramping up and spring weather arriving, many are still struggling to make online classes work while also worrying about their finances and health. This month marks the halfway point in a 14-week semester taking place almost entirely online and without a spring break, a schedule that students say is leading to burnout and in some cases damaging their mental health.

Paul Fanlund: These UW-Madison students solve problems across the state

The Capital Times

An example is a $600,000 item buried in Gov. Tony Evers’ $91-billion proposed two-year state budget. The money would expand a six-year-old University of Wisconsin-Madison program designed to tap the expertise and energy of students on the flagship Madison campus to solve problems and improve lives in communities throughout Wisconsin.

Facing ‘financial disaster’ from COVID-19, UW System pushes for borrowing ability

Wisconsin State Journal

COVID-19 has caused the “biggest financial disaster” the university has ever seen, UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank said. Through federal stimulus money, furloughs, pay cuts for leadership, travel restrictions and targeted budget cuts to different units, Blank said she’s optimistic the financial gap can be resolved over the next two years. But she also renewed her case for giving the university borrowing authority.