It’s been a year since most U.S. colleges and businesses shifted to an online, study from home or work from home mode in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Our work and home lives were disrupted, and it’s safe to say that until the country reaches the herd immunity level, our disrupted state will continue.
Perhaps it was Rebecca Natow’s article in The Chronicle of Higher Education Review titled “Why Haven’t More Colleges Closed?”. Maybe it was Allison Salisbury’s article in Forbes titled “Building Equitable Upskilling Programs: It’s Not Degree Vs. Short Credentials – It’s Both.” Also, it could be the hundreds — if not thousands — of articles and books about the pending changes in higher ed that have been written and published over the past two decades. Clearly, the most recent two articles cited triggered my motivation to pen this article.
My prep school alma mater, McDonogh School, has an excellent communication system in place to notify alumni of events and items of interest. On February 12, I received an email from the school informing all members of the McDonogh community about the death of former headmaster Bob Lamborn.
For more than two decades, I have heard politicians calling for a national project to repair our infrastructure. Many of our nation’s bridges are beyond their original projected lifespan and will require billions of dollars to repair or replace. But achieving this goal will take years.
As a recently transplanted resident of Austin (from Baltimore), I have enjoyed the warmer weather this winter. A week ago, the weather team on the local news started making local viewers aware that the temperatures were forecasted to drop precipitously in Texas on Valentine’s Day.
During the Democratic primary campaign for President, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders made no secret that they wanted to forgive student loan debt. Since President Biden’s election, both senators have called on President Biden to discharge student loan debt, which collectively stands at $1.7 trillion.
There have been many articles describing the pivot to online teaching implemented by many colleges and universities around the world as they responded to the social distancing required due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have written about that in general and about a specific institution’s actions through interviews with the leadership team at Saint Francis University.
As I continue to read more and more articles about the GameStop stock rise and trading debacle, I occasionally find an article that provides a slightly different perspective. Such is the case with an article written by Forbes reporter Antoine Gara entitled “How GameStop and An Army of Reddit Traders Exposed The Riskiest Market in Decades.”
In my youth, Groundhog Day seemed like one of those odd curiosities – a holiday with no general reason for being other than to perk us up in hopes that spring weather and outside sports activities would soon be here. As an adult, it became one of those holidays that no one celebrates and no employer includes in paid time off benefits for their employees. Perhaps it was the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray and Andi MacDowell, that changed my attitude.
I connected with a friend, Dr. Michael Driscoll, to discuss the GameStop situation, specifically as it relates to selling a stock short. Dr. Driscoll is the former dean of the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business at Mt. St. Mary’s University.