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Colleges are walking back reopening plans — but can they keep campus employees safe?

As California colleges rethink their back-to-school plans amid a statewide spike in coronavirus cases, it’s not just their students they need to worry about protecting. Many campus employees are decades older than the students they teach and support, putting them at higher risk of complications if they contract the virus.  Colleges still planning to hold […]

UCLA student Dulce Jimenez at her boyfriend’s apartment, where she often goes to study. Jimenez is one of a growing number of California students appealing their financial aid packages due to pandemic-related expenses. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters via Google Hangout

Financial aid appeals surge as students cope with pandemic hardships

UCLA student Dulce Jimenez didn’t file a federal student aid application for the 2020-21 school year; she was set to graduate in spring, and thought the days of worrying about paying for school would be behind her. But then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Jimenez found herself dropping a class, then needing to make it up […]

President of the University of California Janet Napolitano, left, and John A Perez, Chair of the UC Board of Regents speak before the start of the Regents meeting on January 23, 2020 at UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center

UC will sue Trump administration over new international student visa rules

Update, July 14: Immigrations and Customs Enforcement rescinded Tuesday its new rules requiring international students to attend in-person classes in order avoid deportation, after colleges around the country — including the University of California — sued to block them. The decision was announced as part of a settlement in a lawsuit filed by Harvard and […]

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Vanessa Arredondo, Fellow: Vanessa Arredondo is a student journalist at UC Berkeley. Originally from Los Angeles, she got her start in journalism by working for the Pierce College Roundup newspaper at her community college.

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Ethan Coston, Fellow: Ethan Coston is a fourth-year student at UC San Diego, where he previously served as managing editor of independent student news outlet The Triton. He writes about politics, policy, and sexual misconduct.

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Aidan McGloin, Fellow: Aidan McGloin is in his fourth year reporting at Mustang News, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He covers campus policy and founded the Cal State Student Wire, an effort to unify reporters across the CSU system.

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Felicia Mello, Editor: Felicia Mello has covered higher education for CalMatters since 2018, focusing on affordability, equity and innovation. A UC Berkeley graduate, she was a finalist for the Education Writers Association’s beat reporting prize in 2018.

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Omar Rashad, Fellow: Omar Rashad is the Editor-in-Chief of The Union, El Camino College’s student-run newspaper in Torrance, CA. He reports on education, homelessness and state legislation and is most interested in exploring how culture and religion play into the lived experiences of minorities in America.

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Bella Ross, Fellow: Bella Ross is a graduating senior from San Diego State University, where she served as editor in chief of The Daily Aztec. She would like to one day report on national politics for a large news outlet, and when she’s not on deadline, enjoys binge-watching “Parks and Recreation” and visiting thrift stores.

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Janelle Salanga, Fellow: Janelle Salanga is the assistant campus news editor of The California Aggie, UC Davis’s student-run paper, where she reports on grassroots movements and creates engagement initiatives. She also produces the computer science podcast #include and, post-graduation, hopes to continue reporting on the Central Valley and rewatch “New Girl” for the sixth time.

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Adria Watson, Fellow: Adria Watson is a senior studying journalism at Sacramento State University. She’s particularly interested in criminal justice and the needs of student parents, and has written for The State Hornet and The Sacramento Bee.

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Stephanie Zappelli, Contributor: Stephanie Zappelli is a sophomore at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the assistant news editor for Mustang News, where she reports on city hall and the environment.

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Felicia Mello edits CalMatters' College Journalism Network, a collaboration with student journalists across California to cover higher education from the ground up. Her reporting on affordability, equity...