Updates on the COVID-19

School In A Bubble? Benedict College President Says It Worked

With the fall semester wrapped up, some colleges did better than others keeping COVID-19 cases low on campus. In Columbia, South Carolina, officials at the private, historically Black Benedict College operated under the bubble concept. It’s an approach similar to the NBA and some other professional sports. Students are pretty much not allowed to leave …

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SIAC Announces Updated Plans For 2020-21 Winter And Spring Seasons

ATLANTA, Ga. (December 18, 2020) – In consideration of the health and safety factors of our student-athletes and staff, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) has announced delaying the start of winter and spring sports until March 1, 2021. Impacted sports include men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, golf, track and field, baseball, and softball. “In …

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SIAC Announces Return To Play Plans For 2021

ATLANTA, GA. – The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), announced today that it will seek to cautiously and prudently move forward with the 2021 winter and spring sports schedule. The SIAC men’s and women’s basketball schedule will begin on January 10 and will feature a 12-14 game conference schedule that will culminate with the SIAC …

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Prisma Health is helping protect you and your family with free flu shots throughout Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, Kershaw and Sumter Counties

Download Consent Form Flu Shot Consent Form 2020 Flu Shot Facts • A flu vaccine cannot cause flu illness. The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. While a flu vaccine cannot give you flu illness, there are different side effects that may be …

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‘Twin pandemics’: Leading historically Black colleges through social unrest, COVID-19

With the onset of COVID-19, leaders of South Carolina HBCUs say their institutions are dealing with two issues disproportionately impacting their communities: social unrest and COVID-19. Not only do their students reflect a community more likely to die from COVID-19 — African Americans make up 27% of South Carolina’s population but account for 35% of …

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‘A shelter in the time of storm’: When on campus is safer than online

What criteria should be used for opening a college campus during a pandemic? For some schools that serve students of color, the decision included weighing where their students would be more safe. When the coronavirus pandemic shut down colleges nationwide in the spring, Fabeina Riggins returned home to her three younger siblings, three dogs and …

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Benedict College Creates Bubble To Keep COVID-19 Out

Benedict College’s president says it had no choice but to bring students back to campus this fall. The historically Black college serves students who often don’t have access to the internet or are facing food and housing insecurities. Instead, the school is attempting to create a bubble to keep coronavirus out. NPR’s Elissa Nadworny reports. This segment aired …

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An Interview with Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis About the Opening of College Campuses During COVID-19

REOPENING COLLEGE CAMPUSES DURING COVID-19 Part 7: Roslyn Clark Artis, President of Benedict College​ The campus of Benedict College, a private liberal arts HBCU with 2,100 students, has been open for the fall semester since early August. President Roslyn Clark Artis shares why she believes remaining all-online was not an option, how to help students …

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Benedict Cheerleading staying upbeat as fall sports postponed

(WACH)- The fall semester for the Benedict College cheerleading squad has changed drastically with the postponement of fall sports. The squad, which cheers at every fall sporting event, is normally made up of 40 cheerleaders. However, due to COVID-19, they only have 18 on campus right now. “We’re at 10 feet apart right now,” Coach …

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Benedict College Ramps Up Safety Measures As In-Person Classes Begin

Over the summer, Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, president of Benedict College, spent as much time urging students to stay home and take their classes remotely this fall as she did preparing to welcome those students who told her they “need” to live and learn on the Columbia, South Carolina campus. Monday, August 10, is the …

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