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Interrobang articles on the topic of COVID-19


Here we are now, entertain us
When things get bad, we look to humour, we look for entertainment. I think that people need a laugh right now of just about any kind to be able to get through the day. Read more

Wearing a mask during sex is the new kink. Can dating handle it?
More and more restrictions are seeping into every part of our lives requiring a level of discipline I don't believe everyone possess. This will lead to and has led to conspiracy theories questioning the legitimacy of the pandemic, arguably endangering all of our lives. But I understand. Read more

Rethinking relationships is not a bad thing
I say this purely in the spirit of much-needed levity, with all due respect to the seriousness of the situation at hand: It took the life-threatening reality of a global pandemic for me to finally demand more for myself in my personal relationships. Read more

How "bubble environments" are safer for the players
The bubble that the NHL and the NBA created for their respective leagues was a unique experience and ensured everyone stayed safe. Read more

Students are still searching for love in a pandemic
Dating is awkward. Now, add face masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing bubbles to the mix and it gets even weirder. Read more

Western says London Hall students must quarantine at home post-Thanksgiving
London Hall who traveled home for Thanksgiving to not return for at least two weeks, as the health unit confirms a COVID-19 outbreak in residence that spans multiple floors. Read more

Adding COVID-19 to our already complicated lives
We all have moments of anxiety in our lives, but some of us live with mental health issues constantly. So, how are we doing mentally during this crazy time, and more importantly, if we already deal with mental health issues, how are we managing now? Read more

The onset of the COVID-19 second wave: why numbers are rising and how we're fighting the surge
Last week, 28 students at Western University tested positive for the virus. Their interactions were traced to gatherings at local restaurants and nightclubs while they shared drinks and e-cigarettes; another seven cases were linked to a single house party. Read more

How to politely ask someone to step the f*** back
As someone whose personal bubble is a bit larger than the average, I have to say I got my hopes up when it came to this new concept of physical distancing in the era of COVID-19. Read more

Healthcare heroes coping with mental health amidst pandemic
Healthcare workers all over the world are doing their best to keep populations safe and healthy in this virus-ridden time. Read more

Turn down for what? COVID, that's what
With Broughdale one tumbleweed away from looking like a ghost town, one would never know FOCO had taken place this past weekend. Read more

Fanshawe professor refuses to wear a mask
Deven Taylor, A Fanshawe College welding instructor, has openly expressed his refusal to wear a mask while on campus. Read more

Fanshawe students can now get tested for COVID-19 at two campus locations
Students enrolled at Fanshawe College can get tested for COVID-19 without leaving campus. Read more

The DOs and DO NOTs of our new reality
Just when you think you've adjusted to the new reality of a global pandemic, you have to adjust all over again to going to college. It's challenging to create an entirely new set of habits in a short amount of time, and disorienting when you have to worry about school on top of everything else. Read more

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The new normal for people with disabilities
For people with disabilities and pre-existent mental health issues, the pandemic has caused a more stressful and challenging environment. Read more

What the heck is left to do in the new normal
Businesses are opening up, and life is coming back into London as the community heads back to school and the workplace. Read more

Opinion: Textbook publishers need to lower prices now more than ever
Large publishing companies have been exploiting students for years - and now, with coronavirus killing the student budget, is the time for them to stop. Read more

FSU adapts to COVID-19 restrictions
The Fanshawe Student Union (FSU) is preparing to adapt several of its key resources as students return for an unconventional school year. Read more

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An Orientation Week that will look like no other
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the Fanshawe Student Union (FSU) to turn their events virtual, or even a hybrid of some online or some in-person. Read more

Student in residence among 28 and counting to test positive at Western University
A student living in Western University's residence has tested positive for COVID-19, along with 27 other students. Read more

Fanshawe's world now divided between virtual and in-person reality
The COVID-19 pandemic has split the Fanshawe community between the virtual and real-life world. Read more

The new world of sports amid a pandemic
With the COVID-19 pandemic that has been in effect in our lives, everything from the way you work, the way politics is run and even sports have changed. Read more

Will Fanshawe students catch COVID-19 before catching a break?
Since the shutdown, we've been in a transitional period in which communication has not been the best on Fanshawe's part. This is something myself and other students have experienced. Read more

Body positivity is not what we need right now
It's a bit baffling, that in the midst of a racial awakening, global pandemic, and a nation literally on fire, that some of the rhetoric this summer still had to do with losing weight. Read more

Community outbreak declared; nine and counting Western students test positive for Covid-19
As of Sept. 15, nine Western University students have tested positive for COVID-19 after the London Middlesex Health Unit (MLHU) declared a community outbreak on Sept. 13. Read more

Fanshawe reopening a soft launch for September
Fanshawe's partial reopening last week will help the College shape its safety measures for the fall, when approximately 8,200 students will study in a hybrid format.  Read more

Masks and face coverings now mandatory in London's enclosed public spaces
City Council has passed a temporary by-law requiring London residents to wear a face covering or mask in all enclosed publicly-accessibly spaces, effective immediately. Read more

Interrobang podcast: Nikki Ross
How can we safely enjoy ourselves in the Summer of Covid-19? This week's podcast episode features an interview with Nikki Ross, Fanshawe's Acting Manager of Personal Counselling, to find out how. Read more

‘No matter what, life goes on’: Checking up with FSU president Katyayini Thakur
Katyayini Thakur, who also goes by Katy, knew her year as Fanshawe Student Union (FSU) president would be a challenge. But leading Fanshawe's body of 43,000 students through the fallout of a global pandemic wasn't exactly what she had in mind.  Read more

OCAA suspends 2020 fall season
The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) is officially suspending varsity sports and recreation activities across the province for the fall semester. Read more

Fanshawe researching potential COVID-19 treatment
A treatment for COVID-19 could come from Fanshawe's main campus in London Ont. Read more

Balancing home life with virtual placements proving difficult
Students in the School of Community Studies are finding it difficult to complete their field placements virtually. Read more

Fanshawe releases plans for summer and fall
Fanshawe College will not reopen until later in the summer, and only in a limited capacity. The College announced its plans for the summer and fall terms today. Read more

In times of crisis, choose who you follow with care
Sometimes, it can take a life or death situation for us to discover our boundaries. And in the past eight weeks, I for one have learned to draw the line at misinformation, the rampant spread of which mirrors the veracity of the coronavirus itself. Read more

Trudeau announces $9B in aid for students ineligible for CERB
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced $9 billion in financial aid for Canada's post-secondary students amid criticism saying that students have been forgotten by the federal government.  Read more

International students seek work amid COVID-19 crisis
It's hard to follow self-isolation orders when you need to pay the bills. That's the reality that many international students are facing in Canada as they fail to meet the eligibility requirements for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).  Read more

Interrobang Podcast: Tom Davis
In the latest Interrobang Podcast episode, Tom Davis, professor at the Donald J. Smith School of Building Technology at Fanshawe College discusses the environmental impacts of COVID-19. Read more

High traffic crashes Fanshawe emergency fund site within minutes
The online application for Fanshawe's student emergency fund was flooded with applications when it opened this morning at 10 a.m., causing the website to crash. Read more

Interrobang Podcast: Mary Pierce
Mary Pierce, the Dean of Business, Information Technology and Part-time Studies at Fanshawe College discusses the transition to online learning for faculty and students and how Fanshawe is leading the way in that tech and helping out other institutions. Read more

Fanshawe creates relief fund as students wait out COVID-19
Fanshawe College has created a $1.5 million student emergency fund for students facing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis Read more

COVID-19 field hospital to be finished by Friday
A temporary field hospital for recovering London and area COVID-19 patients is expected to be completed by Friday. Read more

Interrobang Podcast: Keren Nanneti
FSU President Keren Nanneti discusses some of the initiatives that the Fanshawe Student Union are running during the campus closures as a result of COVID-19 and also what her daily life as a student is like during this time. Read more

Emergency Order narrows list of essential businesses in Ontario
The Province narrowed its list of businesses classified as essential in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All businesses not covered by the updated Emergency Order must close as of April 4, at 11:59 p.m. Read more

Fanshawe student confirmed positive for COVID-19
A Fanshawe student is confirmed as presumptive positive for COVID-19, Interrobang has learned. Read more

Falcons' curling reflects on Nationals while other sport leagues shut down globally
As the NBA, NHL, MLB, and other sport leagues around the world suspended their games because of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Curling Championships was one of the few tournaments that finished on schedule with extra health and safety precautions. Read more

Journalism-broadcast students providing COVID-19 coverage online
The journalism-broadcast students making up the XFM News Team are ensuring their audience stays up-to-date with online COVID-19 coverage. Read more

London VTF delivers groceries for those unable to leave home due to COVID-19
A group of volunteers, including Western University students, are dropping off groceries at the doorsteps of Londoners unable to leave home because of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. Read more

Fanshawe supplies PPE, ventilators to regional health care providers
Fanshawe College has sent personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators to health care providers in the London-Middlesex region to help frontline workers tackle 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more

With many classes moving online, how are Fanshawe students feeling?
Following a week of cancelled classes, Fanshawe College will move as much online learning as possible starting March 23. Read more

City of London declares state of emergency due to COVID-19
London's acting mayor Jesse Helmer and London Mayor Ed Holder have declared a state of emergency for the City of London due to growing 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. Read more

Fanshawe students share thoughts on COVID-19's impact on classes
With classes cancelled up until March 20, Fanshawe College will be closing its doors to the public on March 18 due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read more

Fanshawe College takes more measures amid COVID-19
Michele Beaudoin, the vice-president of student services, announced on March 16 on the College's website that student support services will be moved to online and phone delivery only as of March 18. Read more

Local Health Unit: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day cautiously as COVID-19 rapidly develops
With a growing number of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases globally, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is reminding people to stay at home if they appear to have respiratory illness symptoms. Read more

Fanshawe cancels classes for one week, online learning to follow
Fanshawe College is cancelling classes for the week of March 16 to 20 due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, Interrobang has learned. Read more

Fanshawe postpones Spring Open House amid COVID-19
Fanshawe College announced they will be postponing their March 14 Spring Open House at all campuses due to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more

What is the coronavirus?
Being wary of your health is understandable and recommended to avoid encountering the novel coronavirus. However, myths and facts should be kept in check. Read more

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