18 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Middletown as Connecticut Total Passes 2,500

March 30, 2020, by Claire Isenegger, Jiyu Shin, News Editor, Assistant News Editor. Leave a Comment

Middletown now has 18 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), while the number of total cases in Middlesex County has risen to 50. One of those patients is currently hospitalized. The county has also seen one death from COVID-19. However, the number of actual cases is likely significantly higher than the number of […]

WesWings and Red & Black Cafe Closed Indefinitely

March 21, 2020, by Annika Shiffer-Delegard, Hannah Docter-Loeb, Assistant Features Editor and Features Editor. Leave a Comment

WesWings and Red & Black Cafe (RBC) will be closed indefinitely due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). WesWings and RBC owners Ed Thorndike ’89 and Karen Kaffen-Polascik announced the closures on Monday, March 16, on the WesWings website.  All non-student WesWings and RBC employees will continue to be paid for the hours […]

First Middletown Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19

March 21, 2020, by Claire Isenegger, Jiyu Shin, News Editor and Assistant News Editor. Leave a Comment

A Middletown resident has tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Middletown Mayor Ben Florsheim ’14 announced on Saturday, March 21. This marks the City’s first confirmed case of COVID-19.  The patient is a 50 year-old man who, according to the announcement, is currently self-quarantining. According to WTNH journalist LaSalle Blanks, the patient had […]

Middletown Restaurants and Public Schools Partner to Give Away Meals on Saturday and Sunday

March 20, 2020, by Hannah Docter-Loeb, Jocelyn Maeyama, News Editor and Features Editor. Leave a Comment

Free meals will be available for curbside pickup at Bielefield, Snow, Macdonough, and Spencer Elementary Schools on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 to support those impacted by business and school closures due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The meals are available to anyone, extending the community reach beyond students and families at […]

First COVID-19 Cases in Middlesex County Confirmed as Virus Continues to Spread in Connecticut

March 20, 2020, by Claire Isenegger, Jiyu Shin, News Editor and Assistant News Editor. Leave a Comment

Five Middlesex County residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). According to the Middletown Press, the first three confirmed patients reside in East Hampton, Portland, and Killingworth. At the time of publication, the mayor’s office had not been informed of any cases in Middletown.  In response to the virus’s spread, Connecticut Governor […]

Wesleyan Student Assembly Pledges $100,000 to FGLI GoFundMe, Will Create New $80,000 Emergency Fund

March 19, 2020, by Jocelyn Maeyama, News Editor. Leave a Comment

This article has been updated to reflect that the fact that, according to the WSA’s Twitter account, the University has not yet determined how or if the funds can be legally donated.  The Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) unanimously passed a resolution on March 17 to give $100,000 to the independently-organized First-Generation Low-Income (FGLI) Wesleyan Student GoFundMe […]

Students Can Switch to CR/U Grading Mode Following Shift to Remote Learning

March 17, 2020, by Hannah Reale, Sara McCrea, Executive Editor and Podcast Manager. Leave a Comment

Undergraduates will be able to switch to a Credit/Unsatisfactory (CR/U) grading mode for each of this semester’s courses, according to an all-campus email sent by Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Rob Rosenthal. Rosenthal also wrote that all departments have agreed to accept the CR/U grading mode for classes counting toward their majors, […]

All Students Studying Abroad Required to Return Home Immediately

March 12, 2020, by Hannah Reale, Executive Editor. 1 Comment

The Office of Study Abroad suspended all programs on Thursday morning, per an email to all abroad students from Associate Director of Study Abroad Emily Gorlewski and Interim Provost Rob Rosenthal. Students were instructed to return to the United States as soon as possible, if they were legally permitted to do so. The decision comes […]

Connecticut and City of Middletown Prepare for Spread of COVID-19

March 11, 2020, by Claire Isenegger, Jiyu Shin, News Editor and Assistant News Editor. Leave a Comment

Three Connecticut residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). On March 10, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont declared state public health and civil preparedness emergencies. On March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, with cases in over 100 countries. So far, no Middlesex County residents or Wesleyan students have […]

University Announces Switch to Remote Learning, Able Students Expected to Move Out by March 23

March 11, 2020, by Emmy Hughes, Hannah Reale, Sasha Linden-Cohen, Jiyu Shin, Executive Editors, Editor in Chief, and Assistant News Editor. 8 Comments

Amid the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the University will be switching to remote coursework for the rest of the spring semester and is asking all students to move out by March 23 if they are able, University President Michael Roth ’78 confirmed in an all-campus email. Students can petition to remain […]

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