Houston, We Have A Problem | The State of the U #3

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Earlier this week, an alleged ISIS recruiter made bomb threats in a Zoom lecture at the University of Houston.

A Houston man has been charged after he allegedly made bomb threats against the University of Houston in the middle of a Zoom Lecture. 

The full ABC report explains how 19-year-old Ibraheem Ahmed Al Bayati joined a UH Zoom lecture earlier in September. 

According to the news, he interrupted the discussion by asking, “What does any of this have to do with the fact that UH is about to get bombed in a few days?”

Definitely not be the best way to get your participation points.


The local Pennsylvania school board voted to call a “snow day” last Friday despite the 70-degree weather taking place.

You see, coming into this week, no K-12 students or staff in the district were sick, yet the local number of cases continued to rise in the university park area mainly due to outbreaks at Penn State.

In other words, despite the efforts of the local school board to contain the virus and resume normal operations, surges around college campuses are ruining it for everyone. 

And just like at Penn State, many other college towns across the country are seeing rises in COVID-19 cases, which are in turn forcing the communities to make tough choices.

To keep colleges online as a way to provide a path for K-12 schools to open up, or to continue trying to have in-person classes.

Lora0s College Removes Founder's Statue After Discovering Ties With Slavery | The State of the U

Loras College, a private college in eastern Iowa, removed a statue of its founder Bishop Mathias Loras after new details emerged regarding his ownership of slaves, 

Through a letter addressed to students, staff, and faculty, Jim Collins, president of the college shared that he was contacted in June by a researcher who was working on a project when he came upon the founder’s financial ledgers.

The researcher confirmed that in 1836, Loras purchased an enslaved woman named Marie Louise for $800 while living in Alabama.

Loras enslaved the woman from 1836 to 1852 but left her behind when he moved to Iowa.

The world of higher education is trying to find its footing during these uncertain times.

In the midst of putting out hundreds of fires, many are faced with tough decisions regarding what are the best practices for students.

Remember, we are all in this together.

This has been The State of the U. 

– Francisco

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