College basketball: No 3 Iowa routs Western Illinois; No. 7 Kansas, No. 16 Virginia Tech win

Luka Garza scored 35 points, 30 in the first half, and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 3 Iowa stayed unbeaten with a 99-58 win over Western Illinois on Thursday night.

Jack Nunge, playing his first game this season following the death of his father, matched his career high with 18 points for Iowa (3-0). Joe Wieskamp added 11 points and Patrick McCaffery scored 10 for the Hawkeyes.

Garza reached 30 points in the first half for the second consecutive game. He had 36 by halftime of last Friday’s 103-76 victory over Southern.

It was the 19th straight game of 20 points or more for Garza, the lone unanimous selection on The Associated Press preseason All-America team.

No. 7 Kansas 89, Washburn 54

David McCormack scored 17 points, Ochai Agbaji added 16 and Jalen Wilson had 12, helping seventh-ranked Kansas cruise past Washburn in the Jayhawks’ long-delayed home opener.

Kansas (3-1) had opened with a pair of games in Florida and beat Kentucky in Indianapolis before returning to the friendly confines of Allen Fieldhouse. Players sat apart from each other, much like they have at other venues, and the recent surge in positive coronavirus cases forced school officials to limit attendance to a couple hundred staff and family members.

Washburn (3-1), coached by former Jayhawks guard and Bill Self assistant Brett Ballard, wasn’t rattled in the opening minutes. Levi Braun hit a trio of early 3s, Jonny Clausing bulled his way to a couple easy baskets, and the Ichabods managed to hang within 27-22 at the under-8 timeout of the first half.

McCormack and Wilson began to be too much, though.

Braun and Tyler Geiman led the Ichabods with nine points apiece. Clausing finished with eight.

No. 16 Virginia Tech 64, VMI 57

Keve Aluma had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Virginia Tech won its 34th consecutive nonconference game at home.

Tyrece Radford added 13 points and Justyn Mutts had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Hokies (4-0). They led 30-23 at halftime and used a 9-0 run in the second half to take control. Radford had five points in the burst, including a three-point play to finish it.

Myles Lewis had 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead VMI (2-2). Greg Parham added 12 points.

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A 2019 poll by the National Wildlife Federation found nearly 85% of respondents in New Mexico said they'd like to see increased efforts to safeguard wildlife corridors. (

A 2019 poll by the National Wildlife Federation found nearly 85% of respondents in New Mexico said they’d like to see increased efforts to safeguard wildlife corridors. (

December 2, 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A new report published by the U.S. Geological Survey includes detailed maps of Global Positioning System tracked migration routes for mule deer, elk, pronghorn, moose and bison. The tracking tool will help stakeholders, from conservation groups to transportation agencies, understand how big-game species move across the landscape.

Jesse Deubel, executive director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, said the new study maps more than 40 big-game migration routes to provide connectivity among multiple states.

“Wildlife doesn’t recognize state borders,” said Deubel. “So cross-jurisdictional collaboration when it comes to the management of wildlife, and when it comes to the protection of key wildlife corridors, is absolutely critical.”

A poll last year found more than eight in ten residents of New Mexico and Colorado support protecting wildlife migration routes.

Deubel said in the Gila region, all kinds of species are moving between New Mexico and Arizona – but it isn’t a seasonal migration. Instead, big-game animals are looking for water.

Forest fires, many due to climate change, also affect big game migration in New Mexico. That’s another important reason to maintain habitat connectivity, according to Nicole Tatman – big game program manager with the state’s Department of Game and Fish.

“Animals will move out of an area when a wildfire is occurring,” said Tatman. “But they’ll move back into that area after the fire has gone and maybe rains have come and brought up some green vegetation that they can take advantage of.”

In addition to wildfires, drought can make finding that green vegetation harder for big-game animals, according to Matthew Kauffman, wildlife researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Kauffman, the report’s lead author, said food is often absent along ancient migration corridors.

“Drought disrupts that ‘green wave,’ and makes it more difficult for animals to surf,” said Kauffman. “They still try, they do their best given the drought conditions, but they just can’t be in the right place at the right time.”

The new study builds on more than two decades of research by state wildlife agencies including GPS tracking-collar data, mapping migration routes in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

Support for this reporting was provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Roz Brown, Public News Service – NM

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China Economy Revving Up As Western World Prepares For Crises

China’s economy is revving up as the entirety of the Western World — from Australia to the United States — is either bracing for a ‘dark winter’ or dealing with small business closures by the thousands.

Earlier this month, Dr. Anthony Fauci said SARS 2 death rates could easily surpass 400,000 by March.

According to Yelp, an online review forum for businesses, some 60% of the 163,735 businesses that are on Yelp have closed since March. Nearly 97,9oo of them said they were going out of business, according to a Yelp report in September.

Other data points about the pandemic’s impact on American businesses are more sanguine.

A study by researchers at the University of Illinois, Harvard Business School and the University of Chicago suggests that only 2% of small businesses are gone, though that was conducted in May.

said it would lay off 32,000 employees at its resorts in the U.S. But no word about laying them off at Hong Kong Disneyland or Shanghai Disney.

The U.S. stock market may have been humming along on the hopes that the pandemic was winding down, and Congress would dump trillions of stimulus into the economy. But now the ‘dark winter’ narrative is starting to play out. Barring a bazooka stimulus in the U.S. and Europe that is designed to keep small businesses alive and laid off workers financially sound, it is hard not to view China as the winner in the pandemic.

As most of the Western World has taken to rumors of lockdowns, deaths, and even greater panic attacks to come, China — whose citizens are already under the control of its government — is able to itself to Wall Street as the place to be.

About two weeks ago, Ray Dalio said that if the U.S. and Europe are going to be cowering for the next six months until there’s a cure or 60% of their populations are vaccinated with a new drug, then capital is just going to flow where there’s growth and some semblance of predictability. And that’s China.

“It’s called state capitalism, but they’ll produce more billionaires than the U.S.,” Dalio said. “I think capitalism and the development of the capital markets could, in a few years, be more embraced in China than they are in the U.S.”

In other words, top down management of the economy by unelected officials steering money towards favorite sectors — in China’s case, semiconductors, all forms of green tech, and pharmaceuticals — and protectionism.

Here’s how China’s economy.

  • Industrial profit growth surged to 28.2% annualized in
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Uproar over Thanksgiving candies as Chinese university says it does not promote ‘Western holidays with religious connotations’

A Chinese college student’s threat to report a dormitory supervisor’s offer of Thanksgiving candies has stirred a heated debate online over the government’s tightening grip on campuses across the country.

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On Thursday, according to screenshots shared online, an employee at the Harbin Institute of Technology in northeastern China wrote on the popular WeChat platform: “Today is Thanksgiving in the West and I’d like use occasion to thank students of Dorm No. 17 for supporting my work.”

“Starting 7:50 a.m. in the morning, I will be handing out candies in the lobby,” the woman, surnamed Wang, added, along with two photos of a box of chocolate candies.

This offer was met with a barrage of insults from one student, who accused her of being “inappropriate” by propagating “these kind of Western holidays.”

“As a representative of the (school) administration, have you not considered the implications of publicly celebrating Western holidays?” the student wrote. “Please stop this activity immediately. Otherwise I will report this to the relevant school department.”

Wang apologized in a follow-up message for “not thinking it through” and promised to “be more careful in the future.”

As images of the conversation went viral online, becoming a top trending topic on China’s Twitter-like service Weibo, the school issued a statement early Friday saying that after an investigation, it concluded “the dorm supervisor’s offer of chocolate candies was based on good intentions, and so were the student’s messages.”

“The school does not promote (celebrations) of Western holidays with religious connotations and strictly prohibits religious activities on campus,” the statement added.

Many comments online were critical of both the student’s response and the school statement, with one user writing “how could you say snitching and threats were based on good intentions?”

“When foreigners celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival or (Lunar New Year), we call it a ‘cultural export’,” wrote another Weibo user. “When it’s the other way around, why is it ‘worshiping foreign things and fawning on foreign countries’?”

Yet another Weibo user asked sarcastically: “The Gregorian calendar also has religious connotations, shall we boycott it too?”

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Since Chinese leader Xi Jinping took power in late 2012, the country’s colleges and universities have faced rising pressure to reign in speeches and activities not in line with the ruling Communist Party’s orthodox view. There have been calls in recent years to boycott Western holidays such as Christmas on some campuses across China.

Xi said in 2016 that China must “build universities into strongholds that adhere to Party leadership,” adding the Party must raise the ability of its grassroots organizations at schools to do “ideological and political work.”

Government critics have pointed to a growing number of cases involving liberal professors and students being silenced or expelled — often after being reported by other students — as examples of tightening ideological control and vanishing academic freedom in the country’s higher education sector.

Authorities have also been working to

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Western Oregon to make cuts as university faces crunch

MONMOUTH, Ore. (AP) — Several positions and programs at Western Oregon University will be reduced and eliminated next year in an attempt to curb a growing concern for the institution’s financial stability.

The Statesman Journal reports the university’s board of trustees on Nov. 18 approved an adjusted 2021 budget, which required an update on fall 2020 enrollment numbers.

The previous budget, initially adopted at the board’s June meeting, was based on a projected enrollment decrease of 2.5%, officials said.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and “many other factors,” officials reported enrollment was actually down about 7.9%.

Officials said the new budget reflects the resulting decrease in revenue, as well as financial shortfalls caused by a shift to mostly remote instruction. Cuts in spending, salaries and other expenses will be used to cover the deficit.

This includes the university reducing or eliminating nearly three dozen full-time equivalent positions and programs, including the elimination of a major or minor in anthropology, a major in philosophy and the entire master’s in music and master’s in information technology programs.

“These are extremely challenging times in higher education, and Western is not alone in having to make difficult decisions for the current and future success of the university,” said outgoing President Rex Fuller, who announced in October his plans for retirement next September.

Many university employees are not sympathetic to the cuts.

On Oct. 28, Western faculty and staff unions initiated a vote of “no confidence” in Fuller in response to concerns raised by employees across the campus.

The unions cited failures of leadership, persistent management problems and damage to the campus climate as primary reasons for conducting the no-confidence vote. More than 85% of the 240 respondents stated they had no confidence in Fuller’s leadership.

Western, located in Monmouth, is the state’s oldest public university and serves nearly 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university announced program expansion into a Salem location last year.

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Case Western Reserve University selects Eric W. Kaler as new president

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Former University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler has been named the new Case Western Reserve University.


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“Our university’s growing momentum attracted an exceptional pool of candidates,” Board Chair Fred DiSanto said in a news release. “But Eric’s unique combination of intellect, accomplishments, and authenticity ultimately made him our unanimous choice to become Case Western Reserve’s next president.”

Kaler will replace Barbara Snyder, CWRU’s first woman president, who in her 12-year tenure eliminated a $19-million deficit, added campus buildings and helped raise $1.82 billion in donations to its “Thinking Forward” capital plan. Snyder will lead the American Association of Universities.

An accomplished chemical engineer, Kaler led the the University of Minnesota with unprecedented growth in research, fundraising and graduation rates. He was also part of the research progress that led to a state partnership known as MnDRIVE (Minnesota Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy). Kaler holds 10 patents and has been published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers. He is also a member and fellow of several academies including the National Academy of Engineering.

The $18 million program helped to fund research areas that aligned with industry needs and statewide challenges. Topics included robotics and advanced manufacturing, the environment, treatments for brain conditions, and, later, a statewide clinical trials network for cancer (which added $4 million per year to the allocation).

Initially, Kaler didn’t want to leave the area after stepping down as president in 2019. But after learning more about CWU, he became intrigued.

“There is a tremendous fit,” Kaler said. “Once I looked, I got more excited… [and thought] I’m really made for this job.”

David McMillan, a current regent and former chair of its board, attributes Kaler’s success in launching MnDRIVE and other initiatives were two primary factors.

“He had that kind of big-picture vision,” McMillan said in a news release.

Kaler is married to his wife, Karen, and has two adult sons —Charlie and Sam— and a nearly 4-year-old granddaughter, Ophelia.


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Former U president Kaler to lead Case Western Reserve U. in Ohio

Former University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has been selected as the next president of Case Western Reserve University, a private research institution in Cleveland.

Kaler, who led the U for eight years until he stepped down in summer 2019, will take the helm of the 12,000-student university on July 1, the school announced Thursday. An accomplished chemical engineer, Kaler said his “strong belief in the power of research” drew him to the job.

“It is a comprehensive university. They have strong undergraduate, graduate and professional programs,” Kaler said in an interview. “I draw a lot of energy from interacting with students and enabling them to improve.”

Case Western’s board of trustees sought a leader with strong academic and research credentials and prolific fundraising ability.

In Kaler, they get a leader who broke records for graduation rates, research grants and fundraising hauls while at the U. But Kaler’s U legacy was much debated, with critics feeling he should have done more to flatten tuition, cut costs and address a culture within the athletics department that led to back-to-back scandals.

After finishing at the U, Kaler said he never ruled out leading another institution “if the right fit came along.” He will start his new role two years after stepping down as U president and amid a pandemic that has upended campus life and squeezed college budgets.

“I guess I like a challenge,” Kaler said. “It’s a really great opportunity. It plays to my strengths, I think.”

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Student-led coalition offers peer-to-peer coronavirus education at Western Michigan University

KALAMAZOO, MI — A group of students are working to make sure bracing for an on-campus shutdown is not a challenge Western Michigan University and its students will need to face.

Around 30 students now make up what is known as the COVID-19 Student Coalition, a student-led group that serves as a coronavirus education resource and aims to reduce the spread of the virus on WMU’s campus, leaders of the group said an interview with MLive Wednesday.

Keeping a safe and healthy student population has never been more important for institutions across the state, Western being no exception. The coalition is working to inform their fellow students about practicing mitigation strategies in student oriented, peer-to-peer style.

In September, members of the coalition visited a socially-distanced open mic event on-campus, passing out face masks donated by a local business. The group has been creating student-centered infographics and posting information to its social channels.

Chemistry graduate student Melanie Mitchell, who spearheaded the COVID-19 Student Coalition back in August, now serves as the group’s coordinator.

Mitchell said her idea to organize the student-led safety effort came from a shared desire to finish the semester. without the hiccups that University of Michigan, Grand Valley State University and other institutions that have faced, like stay-at-home orders and partial shutdowns resulting from rising coronavirus cases.

“When (the laboratory) finally opened again, I wanted it to stay open,” Mitchell said. “I wanted the college experience to stay intact and I’m also for a teaching assistant, so I wanted students to stay safe and not get me sick, and I didn’t want to get them sick.”

As Western’s campus was closed to students throughout the summer, graduate students who would traditionally stay in Kalamazoo to complete research inside the school’s laboratories were shut out, causing some students to fall behind on research that requires the institution’s labs to complete.

The university has reiterated it will make targeted closures as needed and has no plans of a complete shutdown should coronavirus cases surge, but members of the coalition say they are hoping to minimize the spread of the virus so that closures aren’t being considered.

Alison Yelsma, a public health student and chair of the coalition, said she made her way to the coalition through mutual friends and classmates who shared her desire to return to in-person classes in a safe and low-risk way. President of Eta Sigma Gamma, a health education organization on WMU’s campus, Yelsma volunteered to help Mitchell with her efforts back in August.

“The biggest part was just getting students to really grasp the messaging coming from our higher ups — I was getting a lot of questions from peers just being in public health, where I was using more student friendly language, and I saw I could really help Melanie and it just made sense for other health students to be involved,” Yelsma said.

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Western Michigan University reports 48 new coronavirus cases

KALAMAZOO, MI — Sindecuse Health Center at Western Michigan University reported 48 new coronavirus cases to its COVID-19 Dashboard Friday, Oct. 16, pushing the total number infections to 677 since students returned in August.

The reported cases came from the 22 positive tests on Monday, Oct. 12, 8 positive cases on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and 18 positive individuals on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Since August, the school has been updating its COVID-19 dashboard with data each Tuesday and Friday evening. Sindecuse reports results from Thursday and Friday of the week prior on Tuesday, and reports results from Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the following Friday. The health center is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

The number of students living on-campus who have been infected since the beginning of the semester remains unclear. The university has only released information on infected students living in student residence halls once in September, and again on Oct. 9, when the school confirmed that 23 students across four residence halls were currently positive.

Last week, Vice President of Student Affairs Diane Anderson sent an email to students and WMU community members reminding them to keep following the university enforced COVID-19 safety policies that still remain in effect despite the governor’s emergency powers being struck down by the Michigan Supreme Court.

“Our COVID-19 measures have been established to foster a healthy campus environment so that we can continue to deliver a safe and high-quality on-campus experience,” Anderson said. “But each of us must behave responsibly to ensure this occurs. Don’t let your guard down.”

The university notified students living in affected residence halls last week, with information germane to their buildings. WMU announced in the email that it would be removing furniture in common spaces or locking lounges in residence halls where increases in coronavirus cases occur.

Testing is not a requirement for students or staff, but the university has recommended students living on-campus use the two free tests they are able to receive at Sindecuse.

The number of new cases daily in a 7-day period has fallen dramatically since the figure rose steadily throughout September. As of Oct. 14, the university is averaging almost 13 cases daily in its most recent 7-day period. The number of new cases daily reached its highest 7-day average on Sept. 23, when the school recorded an average of 30.2 new positive cases per day.

While cases jumped at WMU throughout September, the pace of testing in recent weeks never reached to the number of tests performed during the school’s testing event at the Student Recreation Center, which ran from Aug. 27 through Aug. 31. At that event, a total of 1,128 people were tested.

Out of the 2,965 people tested in the month of September, 298 were administered the day after the testing event on Sept. 1 and 1,326 were given from Sept. 21-30.

Though the pace of testing is yet to return to what the university experienced at the testing event, the amount of testing slowly increased at the beginning

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(WATCH) Western Kentucky vs UAB Live:Stream college football Week 7

No. 13 Miami has emerged as one of the most high-profile success stories early in the college football season, kicking off the 2020 ACC campaign by lighting up the scoreboard in prime-time wins against Louisville and Florida State. The excitement around D’Eriq King and Year 2 of the Manny Diaz era reached a fever pitch heading into last week’s top-10 showdown with No. 1 Clemson, alas, Miami fell 42-17 to the Tigers and proved to still be in the second tier of the sport.

Not all is lost for a program that wants to refocus its efforts on finishing in the top two spots of the ACC standings and getting another shot at Clemson in the ACC Championship Game, but the margin for error has lessened with one conference loss just three games into a 10-game conference schedule. Pitt is also dealing with some shifting expectations after a second-straight one-point loss in ACC play.

One week after giving up a last-minute touchdown to NC State in a 30-29 home loss, the Panthers lost on a missed extra point in overtime at Boston College. Suddenly, the buzz from a 3-0 start with wins against Syracuse and Louisville has leveled off a little bit, but there are a pair of chances to change that with two ranked opponents coming up next on the schedule: at Miami this week and at home against Notre Dame on Oct. 24.


Miami: Clemson was able to hold Miami’s offense in check in a way that no other opponent has been able to in 2020 as the Hurricanes totaled just 210 yards of offense, with 56 of those yards came on one D’Eriq King run. Take that one explosive play out of the mix, and Miami averaged less than 3 yards per play on the rest of the game’s snaps. Was it that Miami’s offense had inflated numbers from its first three games or did Clemson’s defense turn in a championship-level performance. The only true test of that will be how Miami responds offensively, and while Pitt’s defense does not carry the talent or reputation of the Tigers, there are future pros (safety Paris Ford, for one) and a profile that ranks in the top five nationally (with Clemson) in yards per play allowed. One issue in particular that stood out was Miami’s wide receivers struggling to get separation against Clemson defensive backs, so keep an eye on that battle as a spot where the matchup hinges.

Pitt: When two points are the only thing separating you from a 5-0 start, there’s two ways to cut it: either the team is better than its record or there are issues preventing it from fulfilling its potential. Right now for Pitt, the answer is almost certainly the latter, and the frustrating part is the situational nature of those issues. The Panthers have one of the best down-tofgfd-down defenses in the country, ranking No. 1 in the ACC and No. 4 in the country in yards per play allowed.

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