Sluis speaks on the College’s COVID-19 surveillance testing in the Daily Herald
North Central College has launched a weekly surveillance testing process for students, faculty and staff members as part of its ongoing strategy to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus on campus. Members of the College community are being selected at random for the testing, in which about 5 percent of the general campus population and 10 percent of students living in residence halls are tested. Individuals selected for the surveillance testing are notified via email and asked to choose a 15-minute time slot on their designated testing day.
Dr. Kimberly Sluis, vice president of student affairs and strategic initiatives at North Central College, interviewed with the Daily Herald on this topic, where she discussed how these safety protocols are going thus far.
“The process is 'off to a great start' and will continue through the fall semester,” said Sluis. “Our goal from the beginning has been that we will support a community where individuals hold each other accountable for healthy behavior. That strategy is working well. However, we have also been clear that individuals who put the community at risk will be held accountable."
Chod weighs in on Ginsburg’s death on WGN News
On Friday, September 18, many media outlets dedicated their evening news coverage to honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing. WGN News Chicago had wall-to-wall coverage to honor Justice Ginsburg’s life and legacy.
Dr. Suzanne Chod, associate professor of political science at North Central College, interviewed on WGN News, where she discussed the major political controversy in Washington just six weeks before the presidential election. Additionally, she spoke to how so many women and young girls idolized Justice Ginsburg, especially women in careers that were mostly taken by men.
“We mourn with them [members of Justice Ginsburg’s family],” said Chod. “She has been one person who has been over my shoulder my entire career and life and my daughters’ life as well. Like many of us, I am heartbroken at the loss and incredibly motivated to fulfill her life and legacy in my classroom every day, with my daughters every day, and I think we should all do the same. All she ever wanted was for a more fair and just country, one that lived up to that promises put into the constitution and she fought her entire life for that—on and off the Court.”
Caliendo interviews with ABC 7 Chicago on Republican National Convention
A popular theme throughout the Republican National Convention was law and order, and ahead of President Donald Trump’s speech on Thursday, Aug. 27, it was expected he would address the situation in Kenosha, Wis. as part of his convention-closing speech.
Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and political science professor at North Central College, interviewed with ABC 7 Chicago on what viewers could expect from that closing speech.
Throughout the week Republicans had repeatedly spoke to the law-and-order message as they praised police and decried the rioting and looking that has plagued Chicago, Kenosha and other cities—while avoiding addressing the underlying issues.
“The social unrest and the important racial recognition that we’re having has gone largely unaddressed at the Republican National Convention and I don’t know how that can continue,” said Dr. Caliendo.
Muck talks about Democratic and Republican Conventions on WGN News
Political convention season has come and gone with the conclusion of the Republican National Convention last Thursday, Aug 27. As political analysts look ahead to the November election, many speculate how both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions have made an impact on the voters.
Dr. William Muck, associate professor of political science at North Central College, interviewed with WGN News Chicago to discuss the impact these events might have on voters, while providing a recap on the events themselves.
“Most of the country has made up their minds,” said Muck. “So, for both conventions, they’re really trying to appeal to the moderates who haven’t made up their minds and at the same time excite the base. They want to get the those who you know will go out and vote and do what they can to get them to the polls. So, it’s really about motivation.”