The discovery of Mediterranean recluse spiders at the University of Michigan prompted a two-day closure of one of its libraries.
Many universities instituted new testing protocols, hoping to avoid the problems of the fall. But coronavirus variants and uncooperative students have already driven outbreaks.
Philip Brickman was an expert in the psychology of happiness, but he couldn’t make his own pain go away.
Like many big state universities, it tried to open with some semblance of normalcy. Outbreaks ensued.
In response to the coronavirus, the conference first said no to fall football on its campuses. Then, after being pulled in different directions by players, politicians and others, the league reversed course.
Unlike earlier outbreaks concentrated in the Northeast and South, the virus is simmering at a worrisome level in most regions.
When it is safe enough to return to school, young children would benefit the most. Yet financial pressures are pushing colleges to reopen most rapidly, an economist says.
Opening bars and bringing back football teams have led to new outbreaks. Communities that evolved around campuses face potentially existential losses in population, jobs and revenue.