Multimedia Editor Ariana Dimitrakis runs through the top news of the semester thus far in the latest edition of The Brown and White Weekly. Watch the video or follow along below.
Hi everyone! Welcome to The Brown and White Weekly, a series recapping all the news and updates at Lehigh and beyond.
At the start of this week, The Brown and White conducted a poll on Instagram revealing that more than 90 percent of respondents were in favor of continuing weekly testing for COVID-19.
Lehigh hasn’t required testing for non-remote students since the second week of school, unless they presented symptoms. One day after results from the poll were released, due to a rise in cases in the region, Lehigh announced a new plan that will require testing for random samples of students each week.
In other big news, earlier this month President Simon announced that he would be stepping down at the end of June. He said that Lehigh needs someone willing to make a long-term commitment. He plans to take a one-year sabbatical and return as a faculty member.
On Sept. 4, Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio stepped down following a controversial Facebook post and prior to a public apology. On Sept. 23, Capt. Michelle Kott was announced to replace DiLuzio as Bethlehem’s new police chief, which is currently pending approval by the city council.
In the meantime, on Sept. 19, an active shooter was reported at the Lehigh Valley Mall. Chief Jason Schiffer announced that at the time of the incident 14 Lehigh students were on a trip at the mall organized by the university. All students were safe and returned to campus.
Although most sports seasons have canceled this fall, teams continue to practice and keep spirits high in hope of a spring season. All practices and gatherings are following social distancing regulations.
Stay safe and stay tuned for next week’s recap on The Brown and White Weekly.