The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Happy Humpday, Deac families! You made it to the halfway point in the week! Here’s two quick updates today.

The Good: Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of Hidden Figures, will be here speak at 7 p.m. in Wait Chapel on February 5.  Hidden Figures is the inspiring the true story of black women mathematicians who endured the injustice and indignities of segregation and gender inequality to help America win the space race.  To help get ready for that big event, there will be a free showing of the Hidden Figures movie at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 1 in Broyhill Auditorium (Farrell Hall); this is hosted by the Association of Graduate Business Students of Color (BSoC) and Student Union. Refreshments will be provided and FREE copies of the book will be awarded there as well. 

The Bad/Ugly: Flu has hit the campus. Late yesterday afternoon, the Student Health Service sent a message to campus about the flu; read it here.  Because of its highly contagious nature, the SHS message said (in part): “The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that anyone with symptoms of influenza stay home from work and/or school until the fever associated with the illness has been resolved for at least 24 hours. These individuals should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings. To reduce the spread of this illness, students who are experiencing symptoms of the flu should not attend class, labs, or other gatherings in other settings including social gatherings, the library and eating in public dining venues.”  The Student Health Service also has a flu website with answers to questions such as “I am sick, should I go to class?” and “If I am too sick to leave my room, how can I get food?”  I also had some parents question why their student did not get a flu swab test or what can students take to feel better – that info is also out on the flu website.

I know of a couple of students as well as a couple of faculty/staff with the flu. As a weapons-grade germaphobe, I am hoping the flu leaves quickly.


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